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Chiropractic Board was of little help. Directed to email them but never got a return email answering the questions. However, talked with the Vet Board and a woman named Cindy, Technical records specialist for Jeremy Brown, director of the vet board who said that Chiropractors need a referral and to be under the indirect supervision of the referring Veterinarian. Chiropractors who advertise or flaunt this regulation are sent letters to cease and desist performing treatment on animals. Referred to the following link: https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title54/t54ch21/sect54-2103/
Idaho Board of Veterinary Medicine (IBVM)
PO Box 7249
Boise, ID 83707
Phone: (208) 332-8588
Chiropractic Board was of little help. Contacted the Veterinary Board and was able to talk with Chau Nguyen, General Counsel, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations (IDFPR). He stated that Chiropractors cannot perform Chiropractic on animals unless under supervision of a licensed Veterinarian. Link:
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)
Talked with Cindy Vaught, Board Director for the Chiropractic Board and Veterinary Board and from our conversion it appears that it is illegal even though she wouldn't address question directly, stating that she basically can't give legal advice and, "there is no one here can interpret the law, an attorney can interpret the law."
I also researched the applicable rules and statutes for both the professions (links below) and their is no mention of Chiropractic in the Vet Regs and no mention of treating animals in the Chiro Regs.
Chiropractic Regulations: http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T08460/A00010.PDF?
Veterinary Regulations: http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T08880/A00011.PDF?
Chiropractic Board: https://www.in.gov/pla/chiro.htm
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Indiana Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Staff Phone: 317-234-2054
Staff Email: pla8@pla.IN.gov
Recieved emai from Ginny.Eason@iowaagriculture.gov. Her email response to the question about the legality of Chiropractors treating animals in Iowa, reads, "Please contact the Iowa Board of Chiropractors for a copy of their laws. Chiropractors licensed to treat humans are violating their laws and the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine laws."
Veterinary Regulations Link: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code//169.pdf
Recieved emai from email@example.com. her email response reads, "Iowa Code 151.1 specifically defines a chiropractor as someone who treats human ailments. This excludes animal adjustments."
Chiropractic Regualtions Link: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code//151.pdf
Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine
Animal Industry - IDALS
Wallace State Office Building
502 E. 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Susan Reynolds, BS
Executive Officer, Bureau of Professional Licensure, Division of Administration & Professional Licensure, Iowa Department of Public Health
321 E. 12th St. | Lucas State Office Bldg.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075
Chiro Board wouild not return calls. Talked with Dr. Jody Johnson, Executive Director, Kansas Vet Board. She related that it is legal for licensed Chiropractors to treat animal patients as long as they under direct or indirect supervision of the attending Veterinarian. Link:
Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners
PO Box 379
Wamego, Kansas 66547-0379
Talked with Michelle Shane, Executive Director, Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners. She stated unequivocally that it is not legal for Chiropractors to treat animals in her state.
Practice act, KRS 321.181 Link:
07 Corporate Drive, Second Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Office: 502-782-0273 Fax: 502-695-5887
Talked with Patricia A. Oliver, Executive Director, LA Board of Chiropractic Examiners, she responded by email "You will need to contact the LA Veterinary Board of Examiners for information regarding treatment of animals. This is the Board’s position regarding treatment of animals." Researching Louisiana Regs: http://www.lachiropracticboard.com/statrule.htm. No mention one way or another about treating animals. Also spoke with Wendy Parrish, Executive Director, Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine. She was non-committal. Wouldn't say yes or no as to whether it's legal for Chiropractors to treat animals in the State. However page 52, §712. Alternative Therapy and Collaborative Treatment of: https://www.lsbvm.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/PracticeActMarch2018.pdf , seems to say that non-Vets can provide a list of alternative therapies under the direct supervision of the attending Veterinarian.
Chiro Board: www.lachiropracticboard.com
Vet Board: www.lsbvm.org
LA Board of Chiropractic Examiners
8621 Summa Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine
301 Main St., Suite 1050
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone (225) 342-2176
Fax (225) 342-2142
Talked with Jessica Gowell Supervisor for both Chiropractic and Veterinary Boards. She stated, "no it is not legal in the state of Maine for Chiropractors to treat animals. The Statute defining chiropractic specifically states"human body."
Link: Chiropractic Statutes: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/32/title32ch9sec0.html
Board of Chiropractic Licensure
35 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0035
Phone: (207) 624-8620 for licensing inquiries
Jessica Gowell:(207) 624-8603
In examining both the Chiropractic and Veterinary rules and regulations there is no mention of animal treatment in the Chiropractic. There is no mention of Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, or Manipulation in the Veterinary Regs. Additionally neither the Chiropractic Board or Veterinary Board would clarify the legalities of Chiropractors treating animals in the state of Maryland
Chiropractic definitions: https://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2018/health-occupations/title-3/subtitle-1/section-3-101/ :"(H)(2) "Practice chiropractic" includes the diagnosing and locating of misaligned or displaced vertebrae and, through the manual manipulation and adjustment of the spine and other skeletal structures, treating disorders of the human body."
Board of Chiropractic Examiners
4201 Patterson Ave., Ste. 301
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 764-3922
Eboni Lewis, Associate Executive Director, Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine, Allied Health and Massage Therapy responded by email and concurred with the following; A Massachusetts licensed chiropractor may not provide a therapeutic intervention, which may include a vertebral or extra-spinal manipulation and/or supportive procedure(s), on a non-human vertebrate unless:
1 The location of such intervention takes place within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts but outside of a chiropractor's office or clinic which caters to human patients; and
2 The chiropractor has obtained a written referral and/or direct authorization from the animal's licensed Veterinarian to do so. Regulation is 256 CMR 5.05 https://www.mass.gov/lists/statutes-and-regulations-veterinary-medicine
Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure
Board of Registration of Veterinary Medicine, Allied Health and Massage Therapy
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118-6100
(617) 727-5899 x 6
Reecieved an email from: Weston MacIntosh, Senior Policy Analyst, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The first sentence of her email reads: "The Bureau of Professional of Licensing is only able to direct you to relevant statutes and rules. You will have to decide for yourself whether the statutes and rules answer your questions." Link:: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-333-16401
333.16401 Definitions; scope; principles of construction:
e) "Practice of chiropractic" means that discipline within the healing arts that deals with the human nervous system and the musculoskeletal system and their interrelationship with other body systems. Practice of chiropractic includes the following:
(i) The diagnosis of human conditions and disorders of the human musculoskeletal and nervous systems...
Searched the following and found zero mentions of Chiropractors treating animals in either:
Veterinary Regulations: https://dtmb.state.mi.us/ORRDocs/AdminCode/1696_2017-019LR_AdminCode.pdf
Chiropractic Regulations: https://dtmb.state.mi.us/ORRDocs/AdminCode/1797_2018-016LR_AdminCode.pdf
611 W. Ottawa
P.O. Box 30004
Lansing, MI 48909