The veterinary surgeons act, was passed in parliament in 1948 to protect the welfare of sick & injured animals from treatment from unqualified persons. Any massage treatment performed on an animal requires either a referral from the acting veterinary surgeon or their written consent. All owners and trainers are also required to sign an authority to massage document. (Available to download on this site please see both sides and sign the Terms & Conditions of BBET)
Only after Veterinary permission is obtained, will BBET treat a horse, NO HORSE WILL EVER BE TREATED BY BBET WITHOUT VETERINARY CONSENT.
The implications of The Veterinary Act (1966) on the equine world are there to safeguard the welfare of horses. The act provides a framework and protocol for treatment, with a structured hierarchy of professionals working in symbiosis. Thus insuring that equine professionals work in a highly regarded professional capacity, It is illegal to treat an animal without consent.
Obtaining consent alone has no negative impact on your horse’s medical records, the consent is purely to protect your horse and others that are treated by BBET.
The vet will be able to advise if a horse is unable to be treated due to a medical problem, for example those with equine flu, strangles or cancer. The vet will also be able to advise if a horse has an area that shouldn’t be massaged, or that will benefit from massage therapy.
Those therapists that practice Equine Sports Massage and tissue manipulation on horses without obtaining vet consent are doing so illegally, probably without insurance, their integrity and knowledge base is called into question, potentially posing a risk to the animal that they are treating.
I have not yet encountered a vet that has charged for the form to be signed. If the horse has been treated by the vet before, there is no requirement for a vet to visit the animal to provide consent.
THE HORSE WILL NOT REQUIRE VETERINARY CONSENT FOR EVERY MASSAGE, ONCE OBTAINED THERE WOULD ONLY BE A REQUIREMENT NEW CONSENT WHEN THE HORSE HAD A CHANGE IN THEIR MEDICAL CIRCUMSTANCE.
BBET WILL REQUEST RENEWED CONSENT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, TO ENSURE THAT THE CONSENT REMAINS IN PLACE.
BBET will conduct a detailed case history with the client prior to and during application of the treatment, a treatment record will be completed during the treatment, and this record will be read and signed by both BBET and the client. Treatment records and reports; where appropriate, and if required can be sent to the Veterinary Surgeon, Horse Owner, Trainers, and other professional’s. Information held in BBET records, will be passed on only when required and not as a matter of course.