Put your finger anywhere on the map. Chances are, you’ll be able to work there as a DC. Many countries provide DCs with a scope that is either similar to the U.S., or broader.
I’ll admit I let my imagination run wild while I was researching possible locations for the business plan I was writing for Dr. Hodges’ business class. The two hours I spent dreaming wasn’t all idle time thankfully, as I learned a lot about international licensing requirements.
I finally landed on what I consider to be my dream location — Queenstown, New Zealand. It’s a gorgeous town, nestled in an idyllic setting, surrounded by the towering New Zealand Alps. There are large lakes in abundance, and in New Zealand, the ocean is never far away. As an added bonus, this is the fastest growing region in New Zealand, growing at a staggering annual rate of 3.8%. The point is, if you’re looking to practice abroad, there are diverse options available.
Figuring out the legal status of chiropractors in the country you choose is the first hurdle, so here’s a link from the World Federation of Chiropractic that will help clarify things. The next things to thoroughly figure out are the visa or residency requirements. Luckily, in most of the countries I’ve researched, chiropractic is considered a highly skilled profession, which means you go to the front of the line. Additionally, U.S. chiropractors are recognized by The Councils of Chiropractic Education International, which means our education is equivalent to, or surpasses, the education offered in the other recognized nations.
Chiropractic in Europe
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Finally, you need a practice plan. Let’s be honest, it can be really hard to move to a new country, apply for a business loan, and get a practice up-and-running without being completely buried. At the least, I plan to start work as an associate. At the most, and ideally, I would find a practice that I could buy after working there a few years. This will give me ample time to learn the country, the practice, and the patient base. Regardless of your ideal practice destination, you’ll find that there are a myriad of options available to you.