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Hannah Wheeler

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Table of Contents
Hannah Wheeler
Osceola FCCLA
Osceola High School
Osceola, Missouri
Central Region
Career Investigations
Equine Chiropractor
FCCLA Planning Process Summary
Self Assessment
Evidence of Career Research
Experiences with Business & Industry
Samples of School Work
Use of FACS Coursework & Standards
Career Planning
The main concern is to research the career of equine chiropractor and the education and skills needed for this profession.

The goal of this investigation is to research all aspects of the equine chiropractor profession and to develop a plan to reach this career goal.


WHO: Hannah Wheeler will complete self assessments, research the equine chiropractor career, interview
professionals in the field, and develop a equine chiropractor career plan.
WHAT: Hannah will interview chiropractors and veterinarians and receive advice and materials for the
career investigations project.
WHERE: Project planning and preparation will be at Osceola schools in the FACS and agriculture
Project implementation will be occur at various locations throughout the state of Missouri.
WHEN: August 2014 through February 2015.
HOW: Research the careers of veterinarian and chiropractor using multiple resources, such as online
websites, professionals in the field and representatives for various educational institutions.
COST: There will be little cost involved with the project as most research will be done through emails and
the internet, but the cost of transportation for personal interviews and college visits will be covered by my parents.
RESOURCES: The following individuals will provide first-hand insight on the equine chiropractor career
(Dr. Randy Huenefeld, Dr. TJ Reichert, Loren Yoder, and Dr. Emily McLeod) and many on-line resources will be utilized as well.
EVALUATION: Final evaluation will occur as a career plan is developed in January of 2015.

Career Investigations began in August 2014, first contact with professionals in the field was made on September 19, 2014, college research began on began on September 29, 2014 and career plan development will occur in January of 2015 and implementation will continue until high school graduation in May of 2018.
The career plan will serve as a general road map to the end goal of equine chiropractor however, as time progresses the plan will also need to be fine-tuned as decsions are made as to which college to attend and other variables regarding further education.
Self Assessment Methods utilized:

Occupational Information Network (O*Net)

Missouri Career Connections

Your Free Career Test Online Profiler

Self Assessment Result Categories

Interest Profile
Personality Type
Career Cluster Profile
Summary of Self-Assessment Results

Interest Profiler Results

Top scores in Social and Enterprising categories.

Activities that assist others
Prefer to communicate rather than work with machines
Like to teach, give advice or help
Like to start and carry out project and business ventures
Like persuading and leading others to make decisions

Personality Type Results

Based on Holland Personality Codes my highest areas were Social and Enterprising.

Like to help others
Like to lead others
Responsible for getting work done
Friendly and care about others
Equine Chiropractor

According to All the Equine Chiropractors I interviewed, they all agree that the Job Outlook for MO is High. This is a fairly new field and more and more horse owners are looking for methods to keep their performance horses competitive through chiropractic work. In addition, each of these individuals are having to schedule patients out 1 ½ to 2 months because there are a limited number of certified equine chiropractors in the State.

Career Research

Vets treat animals for their heath problems. Vets work to prevent, control, and cure animal sickness. They examine animals and, give shots to protect them against sickness. Vets offer advice to their owners about care and breeding.

The average salary of a Veterinarian in Missouri is $83,860.
Planning Process Summary
Planning Process Summary, Continued
Evidence of Online Project Summary Submission
Relationship to FACS Coursework
Career, Community and Family Connections
1.2.1 Examine potential career choices to determine the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with each.

Consumer Services
3.1.3 Examine education and training requirements and opportunities for career paths in consumer services.

Interpersonal Relationships
13.3 Demonstrate communication skills that contribute to positive relationship.a
Career Cluster Summary

Top Categories were Human Service and Health Science clusters which include the career of chiropractor.
Skills Summary

Very Satisfying Skills:

Social Perception
Working with the public

Chiropractors treat people with health problems related to back, neck, and joint pain. They help people manage back pain and other aliments, including headaches and even a cold. Chiropractors observe the patients posture and spine. Chiropractors use many types of treatments, including manual adjustments of the spine, massage, heat, and stretching.

Equine Chiropractic:
Chiropractic work focuses on horses. They work with equine owners to get the best performance from their horses. Chiropractic Care improves joint motion thereby increasing stimulation into the nervous system to enhance performance.
The average salary of a Chiropractor in Missouri is $58,110.
The average salary of a Equine Chiropractor is dependent on the certification earned-DVM or DC as shown above.
Education Needed to Become a Chiropractor

Complete at least 90 credit hours. (Most earn Bachelor's Degree)
Complete a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program.
Pass state licenses exam.

Education Needed to Become a Veterinarian

Complete at least two years of pre-veterinary studies. (Most earn Bachelors degree)
Graduate from veterinary medicine school.
Pass state license exam.
Education needed to become an Equine Chiropractor

Vet Option:
Become Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine (DVM)
Earn Animal Chiropractic Certification
from the (ACCC) Animal Chiropractic
Certification Commission

Chiropractic Option:
Become Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
Earn Animal Chiropractic Certification
from the (ACCC) Animal Chiropractic
Certification Commission
Job Description, Duties and, Responsibilities
Entry-level Position and Advancement Opportunities

Both Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) require advanced degrees and certification.
Entry-Level Positions may be working alongside another Doctor or opening your own practice.
Advancement Opportunities may be opening your own clinic or simply building your customer base.


According to Missouri Connections, the Job Outlook for MO Veterinarians is Moderate to Strong. Demand for this occupation will remain strong. Veterinarians who work with small animals face competition, because many new graduates enter small animal medicine. Job prospects will be good for large animal veterinarians, however. This is because few graduates want to live in rural areas.


According to Missouri Connections, the Job Outlook for MO Chiropractors is Few. However, demand for chiropractors will increase as more Americans are drawn to alternative forms of medicine. Also, more health insurance plans now pay for chiropractic treatment.

Experiences with Business, Industry, Agencies and Organizations
Interviews with Professionals in
the Field of Equine Chiropractic

Dr. Randy Huenfeld,DVM-Rolling Meadows Animal Clinic
Dr. TJ Reichert,DC-Diamond TR Performance & Wellness Chiropractic
Dr. Emily McLeod, DC-All Creatures Chiropractic
Dr. Sherri Yoder, DVM and Loren Yoder, Yoder Barrel Horse & Equine Wellness

Educational Tours and Communication with Colleges

Missouri Valley College
Palmer College of Chiropractic
Ken Mason, Rodeo Coach Missouri Valley College
Dr. Emily McLeod, Professor-Palmer College
Anthony Schumacher, Admissions Rep. Palmer College
Dr. TJ Reichert, DC Diamond TR Performance & Wellness Chiropractic
Dr. Randy Huenfeld, DVM Rolling Meadows Animal Clinic
Dr. Emily Mcleod, DC All Creatures Chiropractic
Dr. TJ Reichert is a Doctor of Chiropractic.

I interviewed him personally on September 19, 2014 in Marshall, MO.

Dr. Reichert planned to open a human chiropractic business and adjust horses on the side at rodeos he competes in.

However, he quickly realized the demand for equine services was overwhelming and has since moved his entire focus and business to Equine chiropractic services.
Dr. Emily McLeod is a Doctor of Chiropractic.

I interviewed her via email as she was out of the country most of the fall semester.

Dr. Emily operated her own family wellness center from 2001-2012 where she served patients with chiropractic care.

In 2013 she opened her own full-time animal care practice due to high demand for animal chiropractic services.

Dr. Randy Huenfeld is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

I conducted an informal interview with Dr. Randy when I was having my mare adjusted at his clinic in Adrian, MO on 10/18/14.

Dr. Randy and his wife Kathy, also a DVM, have their own practice, Rolling Meadows Animal Clinic. Dr. Randy works with large animals and Dr. Kathy takes care of the small animals.
College Tours and Visits with College Reps.

On 9/19/14 I attended MO Valley College Open House.

I met with the Deans of the Business and Science Departments.

I also toured the Rodeo Facilities and met with the Rodeo Coach, Ken Mason.

I had email correspondence with Anthony Schumacher, Admissions Rep for Palmer College on 9/29, 10/23 and 12/5 regarding the admission and course requirements for acceptance into the Chiropractic College.

Samples of School Work

Career and Family Leadership Course
My Informational Interviews Assignment
Self Assessment Survey Assignment

Agricultural Science I Course
Resume Building Assignment
Career Plan Report Assignment
Use of Family and Consumer Sciences

The coursework completed in my Career and Family Leadership class was very helpful in my Career Investigations project.

The Informational Interviews Assignment gave me the opportunity to begin interviewing individuals in the equine chiropractic career.

Also, the Self Assessments Assignment gave me the resources to take several tests to determine my strengths, interests, and skills and explore careers related to my results.

The FACS standards 1.2.1, 3.1.3 and 13.3, as discussed earlier were directly related to my Career Investigations Project and were covered in these assignments.
Career Plan

A few choices......

Attend Northeast Oklahoma major in Equine Science
Attend University of MO Columbia Vet School
Obtain Animal Chiropractic Certification from ACCC

Attend MO Valley College major in Biology
Attend University of MO Columbia Vet School
Attend Palmer College of Chiropractic
Obtain Animal Chiropractic Certification from ACCC

Attend Sam Houston State Univ. major in Pre-Vet/Animal Science OR
major in Pre-Chiropractic
Attend Palmer College of Chiropractic
Attend MO University of MO Columbia Vet School
Obtain Animal Chiropractic Certification from ACCC
Activities to Enhance the Possibility of Achieving my Career Goal of Equine Chiropractor

Active participation in....

FCCLA (Chapter and Regional Officer and STAR events)
FFA (Career Development Events, Speaking Competitions and Leadership Conferences)
Missouri High School Rodeo (Cinch Team, Youth Board and competitor in multiple events)
Wheeler Farms (caring for livestock needs daily)
Career Investigations: Equine Chiropractor
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