Several recent articles are beginning to note that more
animals are getting chiropractic care. A February 26, 2003 article from the
Iowa North Scott Press reports on a veterinarian
Jill White who took special courses, completed a practicum, watched videos
and passed an exam in order to become a certified veterinary
chiropractitioner. She says chiropractic for animals is used for many of the
same reasons owners seek traditional treatment, a decrease in performance
levels. "The animals just love it," says Dr. White of chiropractic
treatment. "It's pretty exciting to see one go from not being able to
perform, to being able to perform almost immediately," she says. "It's very
In 1996, the largest organization of veterinarians in the
United States, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), gave its
seal of approval to alternative remedies for pets. In their new guidelines,
the AVMA stated that “sufficient clinical and anecdotal evidence exists” to
suggest real benefits from a number of unconventional approaches — including
chiropractic and homeopathy."
This new development does not go without some controversy as
both chiropractors and veterinarians battle over who should be allowed to
render chiropractic care to animals. But Veterinarian groups claim that
only veterinarians should be allowed to treat animals while chiropractors
claim that there is no real reason, other than a turf war that should
prevent chiropractors who desire to and are trained, from seeing animals.
The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, an organization started in
1989 by a Michigan woman who is both a veterinarian and a chiropractor,
lists 228 practicing animal chiropractors in the United States. But nearly
70% of those listed are veterinarians who can legally perform chiropractic
adjustments. The rest are traditional chiropractors, who also treat animals.
For the most part, both chiropractors and veterinarians
agree that chiropractic adjustments help animals, particularly horses and
dogs that participate in athletic competitions.