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History of Animal Chiropractic: Overview

Animal Chiropractic

This guide is about the history of animal chiropractic.

Man Adjusting a Chimpanzee

Image of a man, possibily P.S.C. faculty, adjusting a chimp ca. 1940.

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This Guide

This guide focuses on resources which highlight the history of animal chiropractic. You will find resources which give a general overview of the history of animal chiropractic, and then focuses on specific animals. Materials that are Palmer produced are highlighted also. The types of materials are listed; journals, books and audiovisual material. The guide is divided into the following pages:

  • Overview
  • General
  • Palmer Publications
  • Veterinary Chiropractic
  • Specific Animals


Animal chiropractic is a topic, which D.D. Palmer adopted early on in the foundation of the chiropractic profession.

In his 1899 edition of The Chiropractic, D.D.  states that chiropractic is good for horses. Early on, it was argued animals have individual vertebral bones that subluxate and cause nerve pressure, and as such animals respond to chiropractic adjustments, just as humans do. At one point, a D.C.V. (Doctor of Chiropractic Veternary) was offered at the Palmer School as a qualification.

In March, 1976 the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association was intitiated by John L. Stump. Animal Chiropractic is still practiced today.