F I ND­ING QUAL­I­FIED CARE

EQUUS - - Conversati­ons -

Var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about com­ple­men­tary ther­a­pies for horses.

• Chi­ro­prac­tic. Two or­ga­ni­za­tions, the Amer­i­can Ve­teri­nary Chi­ro­prac­tic As­so­ci­a­tion (AVCA; www. an­i­malchi­ro­prac­tic.org) and the In­ter­na­tional Ve­teri­nary Chi­ro­prac­tic As­so­ci­a­tion (IVCA; http:// ivca.de), of­fer train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in an­i­mal chi­ro­prac­tic. An an­i­mal chi­ro­prac­tor must be ei­ther a vet­eri­nar­ian or a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic (DC).

• Acupunc­ture. The In­ter­na­tional Ve­teri­nary Acupunc­ture So­ci­ety (IVAS; www.ivas.org) cer­ti­fies vet­eri­nar­i­ans in the prac­tice of acupunc­ture; once they meet the re­quire­ments they may use the cre­den­tial “CVA” af­ter their names. The Amer­i­can Academy of Ve­teri­nary Acupunc­ture (AAVA; www. aava.org), an af­fil­i­ate of IVAS, of­fers ad­di­tional train­ing and ex­am­i­na­tions to be­come a Fel­low and the right to use the cre­den­tial “FAAVA.”

• Mas­sage. The Na­tional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Board for Ther­a­peu­tic Mas­sage and Body­work (NCBTMB; www.ncbtmb.org) lists sev­eral equine mas­sage train­ing pro­grams as “ap­proved con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion providers.” Pro­grams in­clude Equis­sage (www.equis­sage.com), Equinol­ogy Inc. (www.equinol­ogy.com) and the Rocky Moun­tain School of An­i­mal Ac­cu­pres­sure and Mas­sage (www. rm­saam.com). Par­tic­i­pants in th­ese pro­grams are gen­er­ally not re­quired to have any prior ve­teri­nary or med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

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