PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE DIRECT ACCESS TO ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE FOR YOUR PET.
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As a pet owner, it’s your right to seek the best care that you deem most beneficial for your beloved companion. In some cases, the best treatment for your pet is animal chiropractic. In those cases, you should be free to choose this form of healthcare directly through an animal chiropractor without having to pay a third-party gatekeeper.
That is why I am personally fighting a very critical and potentially expensive battle on behalf of animal owners everywhere.
The Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine has filed a legal action against me contending that I am practicing veterinary medicine without a license. Here’s the thing: I’m NOT practicing vet medicine, nor do I wish to.
I am a licensed chiropractor with both a human and animal practice; both are within the scope of my education and training (see below). In my 30 years as a chiropractor, my patients (both 2- and 4-legged) know that I practice only chiropractic. That is, I check and adjust vertebral subluxations of the spine in order to remove interference caused by those subluxations and to allow the body to heal itself to the best of its ability. My patients come to me directly for this care.
What this court case is attempting to do is make it mandatory for pet owners who want animal chiropractic to only be able to do so by having a chiropractor work either directly in a vet's office or under veterinarian supervision. There are 3 big problems with that: 1) Vets charge a fee for this supervision, often a significant one, 2) it puts vets in the role of supervising a field of healthcare for which they have no training or understanding, and 3) in the case of large animals like horses, the veterinarian would have to travel with the chiropractor, which means dual fees for the client (which would be financially prohibitive).
Please note: I work with many small and large animal veterinarians. I have enormous respect for their expertise and skill, and I know they feel the same. What all of us want is to make sure of is that the doctor is properly trained and maintains Continuing Education. This issue is about your rights as a consumer and animal owner to have direct access to the care you deem appropriate for your pet.
By way of comparison, it would be the difference between you, as a human patient, being able to go directly to any healthcare specialist you need without incurring the time and cost of going through your primary care doctor. Wouldn’t you rather just go directly to that specialist?
WHAT’S AT STAKE:
If the board is successful in this lawsuit, no chiropractor in Pennsylvania will be able to treat animals without a vet present. I am preparing to fight it through the state appeals courts, all the way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court level, if necessary, to uphold animal owners’ rights. What happens in PA can also set a national precedent.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Although I have committed every dime I have towards this case, I cannot financially afford to litigate it on my own. The legal costs are potentially exorbitant. Will you join me by supporting this campaign? If this is a cause that you believe it, too, I humbly ask for your help.
The outcome of this potentially precedent-setting case will affect not merely me but all pet owners who are consumers of animal chiropractic care.
There are two ways that you can take action:
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ON BEHALF OF ANIMAL OWNERS EVERYWHERE, I THANK YOU!
David A. Smolensky, DC
Certified Animal Chiropractor
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