The Skillful Hands Behind the Healing: Exploring the Training and Certification of Animal Chiropractors

Drs. Philip and Angela Rodger
Owners of Synchrony Chiropractic

Diving into the world of animal chiropractic is a journey of discovery, from understanding the benefits of this holistic approach to realizing how it works. However, equally essential is knowing the rigorous training and certification that animal chiropractors undertake to provide these remarkable services.

Whether it’s equine chiropractic or canine chiropractic, the path to becoming an animal chiropractor is both demanding and rewarding. It typically starts with a foundational degree, either as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Upon this solid base, the aspiring practitioner then embarks on postgraduate study in animal chiropractic.

In the United States, the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) is a primary certifying agency for animal chiropractic. To attain certification, students need to complete a postgraduate program of at least 210 hours from an AVCA-approved institution. This intense program encompasses both theoretical and practical hands-on training, covering topics ranging from neurology, biomechanics, animal behavior, and specific adjusting techniques.

For those looking beyond the shores of America, the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA) offers another globally recognized certification platform. Just like the AVCA, the IVCA requires completion of an approved comprehensive course and successful passing of both written and practical exams.

Being a mobile chiropractor requires more than just skills and knowledge—it demands passion, patience, and a profound understanding of animal behavior. Here at Synchrony Chiropractic in Ocala, FL, we’re proud to have a team that embodies all these qualities, offering premier animal chiropractic services to your furry or feathery family members, right at the comfort of your home.

Animal chiropractic is indeed a blend of science, art, and nature, and behind it are skilled hands that have journeyed through rigorous training and certification. And in those hands, your pet finds the path to enhanced health and well-being.

Have any questions or want to learn more? Reach out to us anytime at 352-356-8665 or Ready to experience the benefits of animal chiropractic? Schedule an appointment with us here.


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