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Initial consultation appointment scheduling policy:

The initial patient–client-doctor consultation is the most important facet in creating a lasting relationship and making treatment decisions together. At Animal Healing Center we want each pet’s guardian to be involved every step of the way, and have a complete understanding of each treatment and what’s involved. For this reason, we request that the patient’s legal guardian schedule the initial appointment and attend the initial consultation.

Chiropractic treatments by California Licensed California Doctors of Chiropractic:

California law requires any chiropractic treatment performed on an animal patient be under the supervision of a veterinarian. That veterinarian has to personally examine the patient and determine if chiropractic care is appropriate. For this reason, in order to schedule an initial chiropractic appointment for your pet at the Animal Healing Center, you must have a consultation with one of our veterinarians, as we have a variety of treatment modalities available to enhance your pet’s mobility and relieve pain including chiropractic care; alternatively, you can provide a written prescription from your regular veterinarian for chiropractic care along with your pet’s current medical records from that veterinarian before the initial appointment can be scheduled.

California Code of Regulations § 2038. Musculoskeletal Manipulation.

(a) The term musculoskeletal manipulation (MSM) is the system of application of mechanical forces applied manually through the hands or through any mechanical device to enhance physical performance, prevent, cure, or relieve impaired or altered function of related components of the musculoskeletal system of animals. MSM when performed upon animals constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine.
(b) MSM may only be performed by the following persons:
(1) A veterinarian who has examined the animal patient and has sufficient knowledge to make a diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal, has assumed responsibility for making clinical judgments regarding the health of the animal and the need for medical treatment, including a determination that MSM will not be harmful to the animal patient, discussed with the owner of the animal or the owner's authorized representative a course of treatment, and is readily available or has made arrangements for follow-up evaluation in the event of adverse reactions or failure of the treatment regimen. The veterinarian shall obtain as part of the patient's permanent record, a signed acknowledgment from the owner of the patient or his or her authorized representative that MSM is considered to be an alternative (nonstandard) veterinary therapy.
(2) A California licensed doctor of chiropractic ( “chiropractor”) working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. A chiropractor shall be deemed to be working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian where the following protocol has been followed:
(A) The supervising veterinarian shall comply with the provisions of subsection (b)(1) prior to authorizing a chiropractor to complete an initial examination of and/or perform treatment upon an animal patient.
(B) After the chiropractor has completed an initial examination of and/or treatment upon the animal patient, the chiropractor shall consult with the supervising veterinarian to confirm that MSM care is appropriate, and to coordinate complementary treatment, to assure proper patient care.
(C) At the time a chiropractor is performing MSM on an animal patient in an animal hospital setting, the supervising veterinarian shall be on the premises. At the time a chiropractor is performing MSM on an animal patient in a range setting, the supervising veterinarian shall be in the general vicinity of the treatment area.
(D) The supervising veterinarian shall be responsible to ensure that accurate and complete records of MSM treatments are maintained in the patient's veterinary medical record.
(c) Where the supervising veterinarian has ceased the relationship with a chiropractor who is performing MSM treatment upon an animal patient, the chiropractor shall immediately terminate such treatment.
(d)(1) A chiropractor who fails to conform with the provisions of this section when performing MSM upon an animal shall be deemed to be engaged in the unlicensed practice of veterinary medicine.

Policy regarding dispensing and refill of supplements and medications:

In accordance with California Pharmacy law and the Veterinary Medical Practice Act, we cannot dispense medications for animals who are not patients at the Animal Healing Center. In addition, we cannot refill medications and supplements for animals who haven’t been examined in the last 12 months.

California Code of Regulations § 2032.1. Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship

(a) It is unprofessional conduct for a veterinarian to administer, prescribe, dispense or furnish a drug, medicine, appliance, or treatment of whatever nature for the prevention, cure, or relief of a wound, fracture or bodily injury or disease of an animal without having first established a veterinarian-client-patient relationship with the animal patient or patients and the client, except where the patient is a wild animal or the owner is unknown.
(b) A veterinarian-client-patient relationship shall be established by the following:
(1) The client has authorized the veterinarian to assume responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the animal, including the need for medical treatment,
(2) The veterinarian has sufficient knowledge of the animal(s) to initiate at least a general or preliminary diagnosis of the medical condition of the animal(s). This means that the veterinarian is personally acquainted with the care of the animal(s) by virtue of an examination of the animal or by medically appropriate and timely visits to the premises where the animals are kept, and
(3) The veterinarian has assumed responsibility for making medical judgments regarding the health of the animal and has communicated with the client a course of treatment appropriate to the circumstance.
(c) A drug shall not be prescribed for a duration inconsistent with the medical condition of the animal(s) or type of drug prescribed. The veterinarian shall not prescribe a drug for a duration longer than one year from the date the veterinarian examined the animal(s) and prescribed the drug.