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    Default In Texas: Chiropractic/acupuncture, legalities

    In the state of Texas, does one have to be a licensed veterinary to do either chiropractic or acupuncture on horses? All the chiros and acupuncturists I know are also vets, but not sure if it is legally required or not. Just curious, any info would be great



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    I think you have to be a licensed doctor of chiropratic or a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine.

    Though I'm not sure which governing body would regulate that? Licensing for animal chiropractic that is...



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    Not sure how regulations go in Texas, but all of the reputable educational programs for equine chiropractic require that you are already a licensed chiropractor or a licensed veterinarian. Same goes for physical therapy/rehab, have to be a licensed vet or human PT just to get into the programs. To do accupuncture, again, have to be a vet, just to get into the reputable programs.

    Massage and accupressure are murky areas. Most programs will accept laypeople(persons?); there are some really great, coprehensive programs out there, and then there are shady, get certified in a week programs out there. While I might take a week course to learn to massage my own horse, I certainly wouldn't pay someone to massage my horse that had only taken a week certification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kgro632 View Post
    I think you have to be a licensed doctor of chiropratic or a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine.

    Though I'm not sure which governing body would regulate that? Licensing for animal chiropractic that is...
    American Veterinary Chiropractic Association covers the certification, I believe



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