The intent of certification is to provide assurance to the public that those certified by the American Council Animal Naturopathy have successfully completed an approved educational program and an evaluation process assessing their ability to provide quality care in his/her specialty.
For practitioners, A.C.A.N. certification is much more than a credential. It’s the cornerstone of a successful career. Because even if you work in a state that does not require certification, the A.C.A.N. certification establishes you as a dedicated professional with the knowledge and skills to uphold high standards of excellence in animal naturopathy.
Upon completion of our certification coursework, graduates are also eligible to obtain certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (http://www.aadp.net). The AADP is dedicated to promoting an enhanced professional image and prestige among practitioners of traditional and non-traditional therapies and methodologies and offers many professionals benefits to assist members in establishing their practice.
Animal Naturopaths, Natural Animal Health Coaches, Equine or Carnivore Nutrition Consultants and/or Practitioners
Applicants for certification in Animal Naturopathy Consulting, Natural Animal Health Coaching, small animal, equine or combined, must have successfully completed one of ACAN’s certification courses; along with a minimum of one elective in a natural healing modality to be eligible to take the certifying examination.
Since carnivore nutrition (or equine nutrition) is a large portion of the certification programs, once the courses/program has been successfully completed and the exam passed, the candidate may request certification in nutrition in addition to being certified as a natural animal health coach/animal naturopath if they so desire.
Each applicant/candidate for professional certification as a certified veterinary naturopath must hold a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine and successfully complete A.C.A.N.’s certification course in small animal naturopathy and/or equine naturopathy along with a minimum of one elective in a natural healing modality to be eligible to take the board examination.
Each applicant/candidate for certification in veterinary naturopathy must show proof of education (ie. grade transcripts, certificates, diplomas) in natural/holistic animal health and have successfully completed A.C.A.N.’s certification course in small animal naturopathy and/or equine naturopathy to be eligible to take the board examination.
A.C.A.N. Certification is Good for One Year – Re-certification is required annually
Initial certification is good for one year, thereafter, being re certified requires proof of attendance in continuing education with a minimum of thirty (30) learning units/hours with either one of A.C.A.N.s individual class modules or from one of A.C.A.N.s approved educational partners’ courses, webinars or seminars for the following calendar year.
Those certified may also put on their own webinars, seminars or write and have articles published, write their own courses or books to count towards their annual re-certification. Please send A.C.A.N. the information and links to such events to be announced to students and other certified members.
Continuing education verification will be due no later than July 31st of the current year and will be due each July 31st thereafter.
Please see our Re-certification Requirements Page
Once qualification to take a certification exam has been determined by the board, a day and time will be scheduled for you sit for the examination (online) and you will be sent login and password information just prior to your scheduled time to take the test.
The exam consists of several sections of essay questions, multiple choice and a few True or False questions and you are given eight (8) hours to take the examination.
Within 5 business days of you taking the examination, you will receive notification of your grade. A passing grade will result in you receiving a certificate of certification; that is suitable for framing and your profile and website will be posted on the website.
In order to pass the examination, you must receive a 75% or higher on each individual section of the examination.
If you did not pass, then you have the option to retake the examination after waiting 2 months. If you failed in only 1 or 2 sections of the examination, you can retake only those sections for a fee of $50 per section and re-take the exam in 30 days. If you failed 3 or more sections, you must retake the entire examination for a fee of $100. A maximum of 3 attempts is all that is allowed. (Note: The fees to retake a certification exam are non-refundable in order to cover administrative costs.)
Congratulations! You are on your way to becoming board certified by the American Council of Animal Naturopathy!
The American Council of Animal Naturopathy is privately owned and operated, we are not government funded.
NOTE: A.C.A.N. Certified Animal Naturopaths, Animal Health Coaches and practitioners certified in animal naturopathy or nutrition do not provide medical diagnosis, prescribe medications or perform surgical procedures. A.C.A.N. expects Certified Animal Naturopaths and those certified in animal naturopathy only provide the professional services set out in the Scope of Practice and strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics identified on this website. A.C.A.N. cannot be held responsible for anyone not acting within the Scope of Practice or not adhering to the Code of Ethics herein.