Therapists tackle industry confusion with new Animal Health Professions Register


A new register for animal therapy and training providers is planned in Britain following a government review of the regulations involving animal complementary therapies.

Some 20 groups and associated training centres are to launch the Animal Health Professions Register following three and a half years of reviews of animal complementary therapy, and a recent DEFRA review of the regulations governing such therapies. The new register’s aim is to make all levels of therapy accountable and clarify training and treatment type for owners.

The associations involved represent about 75% of the musculoskeletal therapists working in the UK.

Several equine groups are part of the launch, including bodies representing for Equine Touch, Equine Shiatsu, and Equine Thermography.

One of the purposes of the register is to address the outcomes of DEFRA’s Review of Minor Procedures Regime (RMPR), “which indicated that there are confusions in the market for owners and veterinary surgeons when choosing animal health practitioners”, the groups said in a statement.

“This register will be developed to ensure animal welfare by providing a list of practitioners with appropriate qualifications which have been externally verified and accredited, appropriate insurance, ongoing commitment to professional development and recourse for accountability.”

The new industry-representative voluntary register will include a wide range of animal health professions, categorised into subgroups.


Further details on the registration criteria and application dates will follow. The associations and training bodies launching the Animal Health Professions Register are:

Association of Complementary Animal Therapies (ACAT); Institute of Complementary Animal Therapies (ICAT)
Association of McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapists (AMCST)
Association of the Scientific Study in Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy (ASSVAP); Justo Development; Berkshire College of Agriculture
Canine Association of Accredited Myotherapists (CAAM); Galen Therapy Centre
Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA)
European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT); Carole Justice Gray
Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training (CEPT)
International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT); The College of Animal Physiotherapy (TCAP)
International Equine Touch Association (IETA UK & Ireland); Equine Touch Foundation Instructors Guild
McTimoney Animal Association (MAA); McTimoney College of Chiropractic
National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP); Harper Adams University; Writtle University College; Moreton Morrell College
Register of Graduates of OCEPT; Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy (OCEPT)
The Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA)
The International Equine Thermography Association (IETA); Equine Thermography Training Centre
TTouch Guild (TT); Tellington TTouch
Animal Laser Therapy Association (ALTA); Laser Therapy & Training Centre
Hawksmoor Hydrotherapy Training Centre

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