Program Description

The Postgraduate Essentials in Animal Chiropractic Course is designed as continuing education for chiropractors and veterinarians.  The dsc_0107curriculum meets the standard of education put forth by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).  Its purpose is to provide exceptional education in Animal Chiropractic to ensure that its graduates can practice with the highest Standard of Care.


The Course

The Essentials course consists of 5 modules and is offered 2 different ways.

  1. Our most popular one is the once a month for 4 1/2 days (Wednesday – Sunday ending at 12 noon) for a total of 5 months.  Each day we start at 8 a.m.  This 5 month class is offered in the Fall and Spring each year.
  2. The other is our 5 week accelerated class.  Currently this one is offered once in the summer usually during the whole month of August.  Please check schedule for dates.  The class days are Wednesday through Sunday ending at 12 noon.  Each class day starts at 8 a.m.  There is additional hands on homework on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday mornings.
  • All modules must be taken in the designated order and you have up to 2 years to complete the Essentials course once enrolled.
  • The course curriculum consists of at least 210 hours.  A minimum of 135 hours is lecture and 75 hours is hands on.  For curriculum details please refer to the course curriculum page.
  • The students learn on horses and dogs that are present right on sight at the school.  All students are required to learn on both horses and dogs.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and a light snack is included with tuition.
  • Two large notebooks of extensive notes are also provided.
  • Home study is required with the average student spending at least 8 to 10 hours to complete homework assignments after each module.  All class and home study progress is monitored by written and practical examinations.
  • Once a student has successfully completed the Essential Animal Chiropractic course then they are eligible to sit for the certification given by either the AVCA (American Veterinary Chiropractic Association) or IVCA (International Veterinary Chiropractic Association).  More information on either the AVCA or IVCA can be found on their prospective websites and will be provided while attending the course.


For more information, see the Essentials in Animal Chiropractic Course Curriculum