In Dr. Willoughby-Blake's own words written over a decade ago:

"We share a vision that animal chiropractic deserves a place in the animal health care system.  We will bear the burdens of the pioneer so that the path will be clearer and straighter for those that follow.  We make a commitment to study, to research, to teach and to write so that we will inspire future animal chiropractic professionals.  We know that the foundations that we create will influence animal chiropractic care for generations of animals and humans to come.  We understand that our time here is but brief, yet the ultimate truth in chiropractic is universal, enduring and significant."

Dr. Willoughby-Blake, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend, is the pioneer and founder of modern day animal chiropractic and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

  • 1970 - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Michigan State University
  • 1970 - Large Animal Clinic Award, Michigan State University
  • 1986 - Doctor of Chiropractic degree - Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • 1989 - Professor of the Year Award - Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • 2000 - Doctor of the Year as Founder Recognition - American Veterinary Chiropractic Association
  • 2001 - Distinguished Alumni Award - Michigan State University

When Dr. Willoughby-Blake embarked on her animal chiropractic crusade more than two decades ago, she was living life and meeting its challenges consistent with the quality of her spirit - a pioneering spirit.  She invested herself in the future of animal chiropractic financially and emotionally.  She realized that if one couldn't find the circumstances they wanted, to make them.  She had the wisdom to realize that "today impacts forever" and the courage to share her vision of animal chiropractic with the world.

Her family said, "All of the animals are lining up in Heaven: Dr. Sharon is in."

Please take a moment to sign the guest book at for her family.   This guest book will be remain online 1 year.

You may also send condolences, notes, encouragements to the family through the AVCA at


Dr. Sharon Willoughby-Blake

Dr. Willoughby-Blake (left, front row), AVCA founder

Dr. Sharon with her husband, Truman Blake.


Award/Scholarship Memorial in honor of Dr. Willoughby-Blake

Donations may be made to the AVCA in memory of Dr. Sharon.  Award guidelines and details will be posted as they are available.

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