In Alberta, no one may use the title ‘Chiropractor’ unless they are registered with the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors. This guarantees to the public that they are fully educated, having graduated at an accredited chiropractic college and passed national board exams from the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB). To maintain registration as a chiropractor, ‘continuing education’ requirements must be met each year to maintain the highest standards of patient care. Due to the exacting standards set by ACAC, you can be confident that registered chiropractors are competent and safe.
The International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA), and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association govern the animal veterinary chiropractic profession, and also exacts similar ‘continuing education’ standards that must be completed in order to maintain your certification with the association. This maintains only the highest standard of care for your animals. In order to become certified with one of these associations you must have graduated from an accredited Animal Chiropractic Course after completing a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
Despite proper education and qualifications, everyone must practice in accordance with the law. Due to unfortunate instances with unlicensed/improperly trained practitioners working on animals, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA) has modified their practice laws to protect the welfare of animals.