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Petition to expand animal chiropractic in Texas




HELP ME CHANGE THE LAWS!


Find who represents you: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home


Copy/paste and send this letter ASAP:


"I am contacting you, my state legislators, in support of changes to Texas's animal health laws regarding animal chiropractic. I support that any person performing animal chiropractic must first be a licensed chiropractor or veterinarian in good standing in their profession, have attended an animal chiropractic program (at least 210 hours), and passed either the AVCA/IVCA board examination. I am in support of Texas indoctrinating an animal chiropractic license that may be carried by an animal chiropractic provider. If the provider has this animal chiropractic license, the animal chiropractic provider will be allowed to have direct access to patients WITHOUT the need for veterinary supervision or referral in Texas. I also substantiate and support that this would make animal chiropractic UNLAWFUL to anyone without proper education or an active license to practice animal chiropractic. I believe it is in my animal's better interest to only trust licensed, trained, and certified animal chiropractic providers.


((YOUR NAME)) , ((DATE OF BIRTH)) , ((YOUR ADDRESS)), ((DATE)) "




 
A word from Kaitlyn Lackey of In Stride Chiropractic:

Did you know that in Texas, even though your animal is viewed as property, you cannot directly seek treatment from an animal chiropractor?


As a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic certified in Animal Chiropractic, I have completed the same 210 hours of coursework Doctors of Veterinary Medicine do in order to be eligible to earn certification in animal chiropractic. I have also taken, and passed, the same AVCA board examination as my veterinary colleagues. As a human chiropractor certified in animal chiropractic, I do NOT make veterinary medical diagnoses or veterinary medical recommendations. I do refer clients and their animals to veterinarians on a routine basis for non-chiropractic related concerns. I earn continuing education credits annually to maintain my human chiropractic license and my animal chiropractic certification eligibility. I have both human malpractice insurance and animal malpractice insurance plus liability insurance.


So, when it comes to animal chiropractic, I have all the same qualifications as my certified veterinary colleagues... but, in Texas, I am not allowed to see your pet unless a vet (in writing) says it’s okay first.


This rule was put in place to theoretically protect the animal from harm (by having a vet rule out contraindications to care), but it is actually having the opposite effect as some owners may forego their veterinarian and instead choose to take their pet elsewhere to receive “adjustments” from those that may not be properly trained and perhaps also are unlicensed. This law also sours the budding relationship between veterinarians and animal chiropractic providers, as many veterinarians do not want to assume liability for a service (or a person) they may have little knowledge about.


I am 100% in support of regulation of qualified animal chiropractic providers in the effort to provide veterinarians, animal owners, and their pets the best options in quality integrative care.


((Please note:)) there are not enough veterinarians certified in chiropractic to handle the demand for chiropractic care. In DFW alone, with a populous exceeding 3 million residents, there are less than 30 qualified animal chiropractic providers. I would hope vets and chiropractors could work together harmoniously to fill this void. I would love to see the Texas Veterinary Medical Board take a leading role in this harmonious relationship, for the benefit of animals and animal owners throughout the state of Texas


I agree the Board should have regulations in place which are in the interest of animal welfare but I also believe animal owners should have the opportunity to hire qualified professionals for their animals. There should be a system in place which allows owners to know that registered individuals have already been screened by the Board. We can work together to change the current regulations to protect animal welfare and promote expansion of integrative animal healthcare options to the animal-owning public.


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