Yes, chiropractic care even for 'lions' and 'tigers'.


The Animal Chiropractic Accreditation Commission (ACAC) of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association defines and applies standards for the accreditation of any and all educational programs conferring degrees, diplomas or certificates designating competencies in animal chiropractic.

The current accredited programs are world leaders in animal chiropractic post graduate education. These programs are committed to the highest level of learning and continually increase educational standards.

Accredited Basic Programs:

Doctors currently enrolled in ACAC accredited programs are eligible for a complimentary Student Membership.  Get application from Forms page or contact the office.

United States:

Healing Oasis Wellness Center, 2555 Wisconsin St., Sturtevant, WI 53177, 262-878-9549, Fax 262-886-6460  Web Site:

Options for Animals, Telephone: 309-658-2920, Fax: 309-658-2622, Physical location: Wellsville, Kansas.  For current information check their web Site:

Parker College of Chiropractic, 2500 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229, Post Graduate Department, Michelle Yungblut, 800-266-4723 or 214-902-2479  Web Site:


Healing Oasis Wellness Centre of Canada, 124 Charing Cross St, Brantford, ONT Canada, 519-448-1306, Fax 519-756-1597 Web Site:

BackBone Academy for Veterinary Chiropractic and Healing Arts, 4, D-27419 Kalbe, Germany, Telephone +49-4282-590688, Fax +49-721-151366446, Web Site

** Please note that a graduate of a basic accredited program is not certified in animal chiropractic and may not call themselves a certified animal chiropractic professional until they have passed certification requirements. **

For more information please review National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) Initiates National Standards Project for Assessment Based Certificate Programs at and read the task force defining features document which compares a Certification Program (ACCC/AVCA) to Assessment Based Certificate Programs.

Formalized animal chiropractic education began in 1989 with a 100 hour post-graduate course developed and taught by Dr. Sharon Willoughby, DVM, DC.  Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Doctors of Chiropractic were trained side-by-side.  Dr. Willoughby also taught this program in Sydney, Australia at the invitation of the University of Sydney in the early 1990�s.

That practice continues today, teaching doctors of both degrees side-by-side, in the three animal chiropractic programs currently accredited by the ACAC. All of these programs meet the ACAC�s minimum requirement of 210 hours.  One of the programs is an accredited college of chiropractic and another is approved by its state education board. To date, over 1,000 doctors worldwide have completed one of these approved programs.  Doctors of Veterinary Medicine receive a foundation of chiropractic theory and technique, and Doctors of Chiropractic learn common animal diseases, zoonotic diseases, comparative anatomy, and animal handling techniques.  Adjusting techniques are taught with both horses and dogs.

Moratorium Announced for New Accreditation Applications  August 21, 2007

The Animal Chiropractic Accreditation Commission (ACAC) of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) will be instituting a six (6) month moratorium on all new applications for accreditation beginning September 1, 2007. The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the ACAC Commissioners time to examine current standards and processes, and to consider potential improvements in the overall accreditation process.

This moratorium will not have an impact on currently accredited programs/institutions or on their renewal time frames. The moratorium only deals with new applications. This moratorium will end on February 29, 2008. If you have any questions regarding the moratorium or on ACAC accreditation, please contact Mrs. Leslie Means at 918-784-2231 or at

Please Contact the Office With Questions or for More Information on Accreditation


American Veterinary Chiropractic Association

442154 E 140 Rd

Bluejacket, OK 74333

918-784-2231   Fax 918-784-2675

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