UK  Law  Explained

 Please check how to comply with UK legislation before booking an Animal 'Physiotherapy' appointment and always follow your Vets advise to ensure your animals welfare comes first. Amendments in 2015 were made called the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions)Order 2015(SI 2015 no 772) 

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

Physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors  

19.12  The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 allows for the treatment of animals by physiotherapy, provided that the animal has first been seen by a veterinary surgeon who has diagnosed the condition and decided that it should be treated by physiotherapy under his/her direction.

19.13  'Physiotherapy' is interpreted as including all kinds of manipulative therapy. It therefore includes osteopathy and chiropractic but would not, for example, include acupuncture or aromatherapy.


Other complementary therapy

19.14  It is illegal, in terms of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, for non-veterinary surgeons, however qualified in the human field, to treat animals. All forms of complementary therapy that involve acts or the practise of veterinary surgery must be undertaken by a veterinary surgeon, subject to any exemption in the Act. At the same time, it is incumbent on veterinary surgeons offering any complementary therapy to ensure that they are adequately trained in its application.