How To Find a Great Animal Chiropractor

In order to be an animal chiropractor, most states require you to be a Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic or a Licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After completing either school chiropractors and veterinarians that are interested in animal chiropractic go to a special 200 + hours post graduate program. Currently, there are only 4 schools specializing in animal chiropractic:

Animal Chiropractic Education Source

Healing Oasis Wellness Center

Options for Animals

Parker University

There are weekend programs and some other quick courses, so make sure that your animal chiropractor has completed the basic +200 hours of animal chiropractic and not just a weekend course.


Here are some key points and questions to ask when looking for a great animal chiropractor:

     - Are you a licensed chiropractor or licensed veterinarian?

     - Have you completed the 200+ hours postgraduate animal chiropractic program?

     - What school did you take the postgraduate classes from? (Remember there are only 4)

     - How many years have you been trained to palpate the spine and locate areas of subluxations (that’s the term we use to describe an area in your dog’s spine that’s compromised)

     - What percentage of time in your practice do you spend adjusting?

     - Have you been certified by the IVCA or AVCA? This is not a must, but it shows that they have taken the extra step to get properly certified and to take another test.

     - Do you take continuing education classes?

     - Can I talk to two of your patients?


Being a good animal chiropractor requires experience and training. Chiropractic is truly an art form, so you want to make sure that you get someone that has the tactile sense and knowledge in their hands to truly feel the subtle nuances in your dog’s spine. Find someone that adjusts on a regular basis. Animal chiropractors that focus solely on chiropractic and don’t offer a bunch of other modalities or treatments are usually the ones that have the best feel in their hands and the most practice.

Good luck! And make sure to get your dog checked and add quality years to your dog’s life.