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Fostering Collaboration: A Mature Approach for Animal Chiropractors in Veterinary Care; Animal Chiropractors Gain Legal Access with Compassion.

Updated: Apr 9

Navigating the landscape of veterinary medicine, animal chiropractors often find themselves facing a challenging dynamic when it comes to collaborating with veterinarians. While some may feel sidelined or overlooked, there's a compelling opportunity for chiropractors to take a more mature and proactive stance in these interactions. By reframing the conversation and emphasizing collaboration over conflict, chiropractors can elevate their role within the veterinary community while advocating for the best interests of the animals they serve.

One common stumbling block in the relationship between animal chiropractors and veterinarians is the reluctance of some veterinarians to refer cases for chiropractic care. Instead of resorting to frustration or complaints, chiropractors can approach this issue with understanding and empathy. Recognizing the pressures and concerns that veterinarians face, such as the fear of failure or uncertainty about integrating chiropractic care into their treatment plans, is essential for fostering productive dialogue.

Rather than viewing veterinary referrals as a validation of their expertise, chiropractors can adopt a more mature perspective by focusing on the ultimate goal: improving the well-being of the animal. This means shifting the conversation away from personal grievances and towards collaborative problem-solving. By engaging veterinarians in discussions about how chiropractic care can complement traditional treatments and enhance overall patient outcomes, chiropractors can position themselves as valuable partners in the veterinary care team.

As often mentioned in coaching lessons, it is always best to persuade someone when we begin where they are, and then help them to grow into where we want them to go.  Offering veterinarians something in kind, rather than expecting them to offer referrals upon request is short sighted.

What do veterinarians want?  Less responsibility for the difficult cases.  Respect for their knowledge.  Relief from decision fatigue as practice owners. More time off or more time in their days. When animal chiropractors offer this possibility to veterinarians, they will be able to gain access to working legally within the state laws.

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How can animal chiropractors offer these resources to veterinarians and work legally?

While an animal chiropractor can’t magically produce time, you can act as the eyes and ears of a doctor who has expert training in animal health when a rural veterinarian can’t make the long trip to see patients near and far.  Maintaining communication with the referring veterinarian in a manner they understand is one way to build relationships.  Call at the end of an appointment to offer updates on the patient(s).

Making referrals back to the veterinary team is one way to build rapport, give client care, and improve client satisfaction for both doctors.

With large animal and equine doctors running thin and hard to find, having an animal chiropractor on a veterinary staff is one way to bridge the gap in care to clients.

Furthermore, chiropractors can demonstrate their commitment to professionalism and mutual respect by offering to share their knowledge and expertise with veterinarians. This could involve providing educational resources, participating in interdisciplinary case discussions, or even offering training opportunities to interested veterinarians. By actively engaging in knowledge exchange and promoting a culture of collaboration, chiropractors can help bridge the gap between their profession and veterinary medicine.

Empathy and communication are crucial components of this mature approach. Rather than expecting instant acceptance or validation, chiropractors should strive to understand and address the concerns of veterinarians in a constructive manner. This may involve addressing misconceptions about chiropractic care, clarifying scope of practice issues, or simply fostering open dialogue to build trust and rapport over time.

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Ultimately, the goal is to establish a culture of mutual respect and cooperation within the veterinary community, where chiropractors are valued for their unique contributions to animal health and well-being. By embracing a mature approach to collaboration, chiropractors can not only enhance their own professional standing but also contribute to better outcomes for the animals they serve.

In conclusion, adopting a mature and proactive approach to collaboration with veterinarians is essential for animal chiropractors seeking to elevate their role within the veterinary community. By emphasizing empathy, professionalism, and a commitment to mutual respect, chiropractors can foster productive partnerships that benefit both their profession and the animals they care for. Let us strive to cultivate a culture of collaboration and cooperation, where the well-being of the animal always remains the top priority and the wishes of the client are in the forefront of decision making.


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