ICAT Equine Physical Therapy And Manipulation Practitioner Course


The treatment of animals in the UK is controlled by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966.
This Act’s 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 and treat’.

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’.

By embarking 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.


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