The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty
Chair: Emma Fretwell FRCC (Animal)
Director of Academic Affairs: Mel Savile FRCC (Animal)
The Register of Members of The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty, is available to view here: Membership Registry (Animal).
In keeping with all the Specialist Faculties of The Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC), the Animal Faculty has a number of core roles, including recognition of experience and qualifications relevant to the subject area. More here… Note that membership of any of the RCC’s Specialist Faculties is voluntary.
The title Chiropractor is protected by law
The title ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law and can only be used by practitioners who:
- have successfully completed the high standards of academic education and training approved by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC*), and
- are currently registered with, and hence regulated by, the GCC.
*The GCC is a statutory body established by Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. It protects the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession. The GCC states that “the title of ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as any sort of chiropractor without being registered with the GCC” (http://www.gcc-uk.org/about-us/)
Why choose a Licentiate, Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty to provide care for your animal?
All Licentiates, Members and Fellows (‘members’) of the Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty are Chiropractors who have extended their GCC-approved chiropractic training (as required for the treatment of humans) with postgraduate training recognised by the Royal College of Chiropractors. This assures their competency to provide chiropractic care for animals. Note that these chiropractors are registered healthcare professionals who apply the same professionalism to the care of animals that they are required to apply to the care of humans.
Legislation stipulates that animals may only be treated by a Veterinary Surgeon or someone authorised by a Veterinary Surgeon. Animal owners can be reassured that members of the Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty adhere to this requirement, working under the authorisation of a Veterinary Surgeon at all times to ensure safe treatment of the animal.
How do I recognise a member of The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty?
Members are listed in the formal Register of members (see below). Members hold a formal RCC certificate and membership card, and are also entitled to wear branded clothing produced by the RCC.
Register of members of The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty
As explained above, all members of the Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty are:
- statutorily registered chiropractors and, thus, listed in the Chiropractic Register maintained by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC);
- additionally qualified at postgraduate level as competent to treat animals;
- compliant with the competecies/standards of practice recognised by the RCC.
These individuals are listed in the Register of Members of The Royal College of Chiropractors’ Animal Faculty, which is essentially a voluntary register of animal chiropractors. The register is available to view here.