Paving The Path To Paw-sitive Wellness: How to Become an Animal Chiropractor

Drs. Philip and Angela Rodger
Owners of Synchrony Chiropractic

Have you ever felt that special bond between you and animals? That unspoken understanding and compassion that brings immeasurable joy to both you and our furry or feathered friends? If so, then a career in animal chiropractic might just be the fulfilling path you’re looking for. This journey begins with a passion for animals and a desire to alleviate their discomfort, enhancing their overall well-being.

Animal chiropractic is a unique blend of the science of chiropractic care and the art of animal healing. Whether it’s equine chiropractic, addressing the distinct needs of our majestic horses, or canine chiropractic, designed specifically for man’s best friend, this field extends the principles of human chiropractic to the animal kingdom.

So, how does one embark on this journey? First and foremost, aspiring animal chiropractors must be either a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) or a licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). This is an essential prerequisite as it ensures a solid foundation in health sciences.

After fulfilling this criterion, the real adventure begins with specialized training in animal chiropractic. Institutions such as the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) offer certification programs. These programs require a minimum of 210 hours of postgraduate study, split between classroom instruction and laboratory work. The curriculum is rigorous, delving deep into animal anatomy, neurology, adjusting techniques, and animal care ethics.

Upon completion of the course, candidates must pass comprehensive examinations to demonstrate their understanding and aptitude. But the learning journey doesn’t stop there. To maintain certification, animal chiropractors must engage in continuous education to stay abreast of the latest in animal care.

For those in Ocala, FL, and the surrounding area, Synchrony Chiropractic is a shining example of the rewards this career path can offer. We are not only mobile chiropractors bringing our services to your doorstep but also a testament to the transformative power of animal chiropractic.

Embarking on a career in animal chiropractic is a commitment to enhancing the quality of life for animals. It’s a pathway marked by constant learning, immense fulfillment, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of animals and their owners.

Are you ready to embark on this fulfilling journey? Or do you have questions about animal chiropractic? If so, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can call or text us at 352-356-8665, or email us at If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can submit your request through our website.


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