Maintaining Certification

Certification is a voluntary process by which a non-government entity grants a time-limited recognition and use of a credential to an individual after verifying that he/she has met predetermined and standardized criteria.

  • ACCC/AVCA Certification is issued for a 3 year period, due on or before December 31 of the third year. Certified doctors are responsible for renewing their certification every 3 years.
  • The ACCC/AVCA is committed to promoting life-long continual improvement for those who have earned certification in animal chiropractic.

In order to receive important communications, policy updates and information, it is imperative that the ACCC/AVCA be informed of certificant’s current information including mailing address, telephone numbers, and e-mail.


  • Certification is distinct from licensure in that it is voluntary and requires recertification to maintain the credential.
  • In order to remain certified by the AVCA, certificants must apply for recertification at the end of each three (3) year period.
  • Recertification requirements mandate a minimum of 30 AVCA approved continuing education hours.
  • Recertification e-notices are sent 3 – 6 months prior to certificate’s expiration date and will include a link to the recertification application.

Expired Certification

A doctor whose certification has expired may re-certify by completing the following:
  • Audit an AVCA approved basic animal chiropractic program Integrated module lectures and labs.
  • Apply to sit the ACCC clinical (practical) examination within 1 year of auditing the Integrated module.
    • A letter of Integrated audit attendance from approved program must accompany application.
  • Sit and pass the ACCC clinical (practical) examination within 1 year of auditing the Integrated module.
  • Please contact the AVCA office for more information