THE LEGAL ASPECT
The treatment of animals in the
UK is controlled by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.
This Acts main aim is to prevent lay persons from practising
veterinary surgery which is defined as:
a) The diagnosis
of diseases in, and injuries to, animals including tests performed
on animals for diagnostic purposes;
b) The giving of advice based upon such a diagnosis;
c) The medical or surgical treatment of animals;
d) The performance of surgical operations upon animals.
Massage is covered
under the *Exemption Order 1962 as a manipulative therapy. We
abide by a, b, c, & d and always work with veterinary approval,
only address minor ailments or behavioral problems, DO NOT diagnose
The House of Lords
Select Committee on Science and Technology (Complementary and
Alternative Medicine November 2000) defined Massage and Aromatherapy
as complementary because they do not purport
to embrace diagnostic skills.
upon its courses ICAT requires all its students to respect the
Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption Order 1962 by never
working upon an animal without gaining prior veterinary approval.