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Animal Chiropractic Course - Intro

Dr. Josh Zacharias, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR |  Dr. Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD |  Rachel Wendt, DC
.5 hour
Audio and Video


New 1-time animal chiropractic course previously recorded - Saturday, October 6, 2018.

Per CBCE policy - only courses approved by the Colorado State Veterinarian's will fulfill this 1-time requirement. You must successfully pass a proficiency test for the future online course to fulfill the 1-time requirement if you are taking the course online with questions approved by the Colorado State Veterinarian's office. 



Dr. Josh Zacharias, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR

Dr. Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD

Dr. Rachel Wendt, DC



4 CEs - Large animal zoonotic, contagious & infectious disease course

4 CEs - Small animal zoonotic, contagious & infectious disease course

CEs - Animal Chiropractic Jurisprudence


This course will satisfy the 1-time, 1-hour jurisprudence course requirement and 1-time 8-hour zoonotic, contagious and infectious disease course which will allow for direct access to dogs and equids per SB18-239. 


This course alone does not qualify or certify you to perform animal chiropractic in the state of Colorado. This course is in addition to the requirements as outlined in CRS 12-33-127.

Requirements to perform animal chiropractic include: 210 hours of additional training by 1 of 5 approved schools that has already been approved by both the Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the State Board of Veterinarian Medicine.

Direct access to dogs and equids is only allowed once the 210 hours, 1-time 1-hour jurisprudence course and 1-time 8-hour zoonotic, contagious and infectious disease courses are completed and successfully passed. 


If you have NOT completed the 210-hour requirement to perform animal chiropractic as outlined by the CBCE, this course DOES NOT APPLY towards your yearly 15-hour continuing education requirement by the state of Colorado for human chiropractic, as this course would technically be outside of your scope of practice


If you HAVE completed the 210-hour requirement to perform animal chiropractic, this course DOES count towards your 20-hours of continuing education per license period specific to ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC.



Dr. Josh Zacharias, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVSMR's Profile

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Veterinarian / Surgeon

Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Services

Veterinarian / Surgeon
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Diplomate College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Zacharias was raised in Persia, Iowa on a farm raising corn, soybeans, and beef cattle, with both a cow/calf and feedlot operation.  Dr. Zacharias showed cattle in 4-H and was active in FFA.  He participated in calf roping, steer wrestling, and team roping in high schooled and roped calves in college.  Dr. Zacharias attended Iowa State University, completing two years of coursework towards a degree in Animal Science before being admitted to the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from Iowa State University.  In 2004, he completed an internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, Oklahoma.  Here he gained extensive experience and exposure to equine surgery and lameness, moticating him to pursue a large animal surgical residency.  Dr. Zacharias then moved to Lafayette, Indiana to complete this residency at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. During this time, he obtained a Master’s of Science Degree in Veterinary Clinical Medicine. He then went back to Iowa State University for a year as the Equine Emergency Surgeon. In 2009, he passed the board certification exam of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He spent two years in Katy, Texas at a private equine practice as a surgeon and clinician, prior to coming to CLAVS. In 2013, Dr. Zacharias passed the board certification exam of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Equine.


Dr. Zacharias also attended Kentucky Horseshoeing school during the summer between his first and second year of vet school.  He began to work with Dan White, CIF, who was the resident farrier at the veterinary school.  This "apprenticeship" throughout the remaining three years of veterinary school gave him the experience in building corrective shoes and treating a vast array of cases that presented to the university teaching hospital.  He also competed in a few horseshoeing and forging competitions.  Dr. Zacharias enjoys therapeutic shoeing cases such as laminitic horses.  His main interests are associated with lameness in the performance horse and all aspects of surgery.          


Dr. Zacharias enjoys spending time with his wife, Shaya, and their son, Carson, and daughter, Callie.  Although he has hobbies in woodworking, fishing, water-skiing, golf, and hunting, Dr. Zacharias enjoys roping the most!    

Dr. Kevin Haussler, DVM, DC, PhD's Profile

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Clinical Interests: Sports medicine, Spinal and pelvic-related disorders, Acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy. Research Interests: Diagnosis and management of back problems in equine athletes, Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, Objective assessment of musculoskeletal dysfunction, Acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy.


Veterinary Acupuncture Certification Course : 2006

Animal Chiropractic Certification Course : 1993


University of Nebraska-Lincoln : BS : 1984

The Ohio State University : DVM : 1988

Palmer College of Chiropractic-West : Doctor of Chiropractic : 1993

Univesity of California, Davis : PhD : 1997


Haussler KK, Martin CE, Hill AE. Efficacy of spinal manipulation versus mobilisation on trunk flexibility and stiffness in horses: a randomized clinical trial. Equine Vet J 2010; 42 (Suppl. 38): 695-702.

Haussler KK. The role of manual therapies in equine pain management. Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice. Guest Editor: Muir WW. December 2010; 26 (3): 579-601.

Van Weeren PR, McGowan C, Haussler KK. Development of a structural and functional understanding of the equine back. Equine Vet J 2010; 42 (Suppl. 38): 393-400.

Rachel Wendt, DC's Profile

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Colorado Chiropractic Association

Dr. Rachel Wendt, DC is a native of Illinois and has been living in Colorado since 2013. She graduated from Hope College (Holland, MI) with her bachelors in Exercise Science and completed her chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences.Dr. Wendt hesitantly left her growing practice in Illinois after making the decision to move to Colorado in an effort to explore other regions of the country. While waiting for her Chiropractic license from the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA), she joined the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) as a volunteer, and quickly moved onto become a full-time staff member. She has served as their Executive Director since 2016.Dr. Wendt is involved with ChiroCongress and is their current Executive Director at Large on their Board of Directors.