In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemptions Order 2015, veterinary consent must be obtained before I can treat any animal.
Why do I need vet consent?
The legal position for animals is very different to humans. Under UK law an animal’s vet must give consent for all types of treatment carried out by a therapist who is not a vet, including physiotherapy such as massage, electrotherapies, and exercise prescription. This protects your animal from inappropriate treatment and ensures that all therapy is compatible with any diseases or injuries that they may have, or any medication they have been prescribed.
As an ethical therapist I will not treat any animal without vet consent.
If at any point an issue becomes evident which is not within my scope of practice as a veterinary physiotherapist, your animal will be referred back to your vet.
Please keep me fully informed of any changes to your animal’s diagnosed conditions, medical treatment and medications, even if you think the condition is not relevant to my treatment.