Animal Chiropractors

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some Wisconsin chiropractors are unhappy with state regulations that don't allow them to work on animals without a veterinarian present.

They say the restriction is unnecessary. And they accuse veterinarians of wanting to control animal health care and the income generated by it.

But some veterinarians say it's in the best interest of the animals to have a trained medical professional supervise the treatment.

The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association lists 17 animal chiropractors in Wisconsin. Six of those are human chiropractors who also treat animals.

The Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association would like to change the law so animal chiropractors would only need a referral from a veterinarian to treat animals.

A 2001 state Senate bill would have done just that, but the compromise failed.

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