IVCA Exam Procedure

Exam Application

During the course modules in the IVCA-accredited schools,  course participants will receive relevant information about the possibility of taking an IVCA exam subsequent to having successfully completed the course.

The IVCA examination is held on an announced date, usually from 8.00 am till 5.00 pm (depending on the number of participants).

Application period 

The completed application form must be at the office 4 weeks before the examination date.

Payment of the Examination Fee

The examination fee (390 Euros plus PayPal fees) must be paid in full when you complete the IVCA Certification Exam Application Form.

Confirmation of the registration will be sent (by email) at least two weeks prior to the exam.

If the applicant does not fulfil the requirements (having failed the school exam) the IVCA will return the student’s deposit immediately upon request. For absence with a valid excuse a handling charge will be deducted from the deposit. For absence without valid excuse the full examination fee must be paid.


The exam will be held in English or German. It consists of two parts, a written and a practical.


The results are only provided on a pass or fail basis. Against the examination results no more ordinary appeal is possible. Access to the test documents is only provided to the International Certification Commission for Animal Chiropractic (ICCAC) and Managing Committee.

In case of failure only the negative part has to be retaken during the next 3 years.

The exam fee for the re-take of one part is € 75 (plus 3.9% + 0.35 Euros PayPal fees).

Written Exam

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  1. Part 1: Written: (150min) 140 Questions: Multiple choice questions.


    1. Anatomy/Neurology:
      1. Axial skeleton and appendicular skeleton: Osteology, myology and arthrology
      2. Nervous system: Anatomy and physiology of central, peripheral and autonomic neurology
      3. Biomechanics
    2. Principles of Chiropractic:
      1. Chiropractic history
      2. Basic science concepts in chiropractic
      3. Chiropractic theories: Concepts of vertebral subluxation complex and spinal lesions
      4. Chiropractic terminology
      5. Chiropractic philosophy/ethics
    3. Animal Chiropractic Practice:
      1. Neurological musculoskeletal diagnosis:
        1. Posture, gait and spinal analysis
        2. Orthopaedic examination
        3. Neurological examination
      2. Adjusting techniques
      3. Case management
      4. Clinical cases: Dog and horse
      5. Owner/client education
      6. Veterinary chiropractic ethics
    4. Basic veterinary pathology:
      1. Disorders: Diseases of the muscuskeletal and nervous system
      2. Saddle and harness fit
      3. Equine shoeing
    5. 105 of the 140 questions must be answered correctly to pass the written part of the examination.

Practical Examination

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  1. Part 2: Clinical Competency Exam: (40min, 2 examiners)
    1. 6 Listings Equine (10 min)
      1. Upper cervical
      2. Lower cervical
      3. Thoracic
      4. Lumbar
      5. Sacroiliac
      6. Extremities
    2. 6 Listings Canine (10 min)
      1. Upper cervical
      2. Lower cervical
      3. Thoracic
      4. Lumbar
      5. Sacroiliac
      6. Extremities
    3. A clinical case (horse or dog, chosen in the application form): (20min)
      1. A case history is presented
      2. Examination of the animal (including static and motion palpation in one region, depending on the case). No diagnosis /listing are required.
    4. Guide the entire case in a professional doctor- client relationship manner
      1. Approach to animal, handler and owner
      2. Case history
      3. Explanation / discussion of examination procedure and animal chiropractic
      4. Static palpation
      5. Motion palpation
      6. Differential diagnosis / Prognosis
    5. Case: 60 points multiplied by 2 (importance of the case).Total: 360 of 480 points must be achieved to pass the practical part of the examination.


International Veterinary Chiropractic Association e.V.
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22765 Hamburg, Germany

Postal address:
Postfach 31 01 40
27537 Bremerhaven, Germany

Phone: 0049 151 646 88 741 (Germany)
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