Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
According to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 it is illegal for any person to treat an animal unless they are a Veterinary Surgeon or paraprofessional covered by the Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 1962. I am fully registered and insured to use McTimoney Manipulation and Sports Massage Techniques on horse and am classed as a paraprofessional under the above legislation. This means an owner must always consult their veterinary surgeon prior to seeking physical therapy for their animal unless the animal has been directly referred by a veterinary surgeon. Most vets are aware of the benefits of complementary treatments for animals and will readily give their permission for the animal to be adjusted.
Chiropractors Act 1994
The McTimoney technique is used to treat both humans and animals. Under current legislation the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) regulates the treatment of humans, not animals, and only practitioners registered with the GCC can legally call themselves Chiropractors and treat members of the public. The title Chiropractor is a protected title to refer to human treatment only. Animal therapists are not qualified to treat humans and not able to join the GCC as it is only concerned with human treatment. The use of the word McTimoney to describe the animal treatment DOES NOT therefore imply that McTimoney Animal therapists are chiropractors. This is in compliance with the Chiropractic Act 1994.
You may be covered for treatment by your pet insurance company. Many insurance companies have a section for complementary therapy by a qualified professional if referred by your vet. Animal Manipulation Practitioners registered with the McTimoney Animal Association are recognised as authorised practitioners for the majority of insurance providers.
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