INTERNATIONAL VETERINARY CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION, IVCA
The IVCA is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting excellence in the field of Veterinary Chiropractic.
The association endeavours to establish consistently high standards of Veterinary Chiropractic through approved educational courses, certification examinations and the membership code of conduct and standard of proficiency.
Membership to the IVCA is only granted to qualified veterinarians or chiropractors (or individuals qualified in both professions) upon successful completion of approved veterinary chiropractic postgraduate training, successful completion of the IVCA certification exam (as of January 1st 2012) and adherence to membership rules and regulations.
The IVCA aims to promote veterinary chiropractic so its contribution to the health of animals is understood and recognised by other health care professions and the general public, both nationally and internationally.
The IVCA attempts to protect animals by providing the general public and other professionals with access to the IVCA register of members.
To ensure the development of the veterinary chiropractic profession the IVCA requires members to undertake regular continuing professional development (CPD) and supports and encourages research.
The IVCA has members in many countries and strives to coordinate Veterinary Chiropractic on an international basis. It is expected that each country, province or principality will eventually develop regional veterinary chiropractic groups to respond to local issues, as has already happened in several countries.
Requirements for IVCA members:
IVCA Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
IVCA members are encouraged to keep up to-date with developments in Veterinary Chiropractic and consequently offer the best possible treatment to their patients.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a learning and developmental process. Application of knowledge gained via CPD helps development of the Veterinary Chiropractic profession.
A list of educational establishments that provide IVCA approved CPD-Courses can be found in IVCA approved education.
Remember that re-attending or auditing any of the approved schools basic course modules can be counted as CPD and is an excellent way to review techniques, the latest research etc.
As of January 1st 2012 CPD is an absolute requirement for all IVCA members.
IVCA requirements to maintain membership.
All IVCA members are required to complete 30 hours of CPD every 3 years (effective from the member’s year of certification or from January 1st 2012 if not certified) in order to keep up the IVCA membership.