Massage Therapy

September 2011
 
Equissage (Certification Program)
  Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist Source Notes
Required level of general education No official educational program required www.equissage.com Certification Program. The most important qualification for success as an ESMT is a love for animals, empathy for suffering animals, and a sincere desire to help alleviate that suffering. While it would be preferable to have a background in massage therapy, it is not mandatory. At present, there are no state regulations governing the certification of equine sports massage therapists
Hands-On Animal Patient Training Not quantifiable www.equissage.com Founded by certified Human Massage Therapist. 5 Day On-Site Program. During 5 Day On-Site Program, days 2 through 5 include "hands on" opportunities
Certification Exam Program final exam www.equissage.com Day 5 of the program has an examination
Continuing Education Required No (Equissage is a CE provider but the program itself does not require CE) www.equissage.com;
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Students successfully completing the program will receive 50 hours of continuing education hours, as approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). Equissage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Both the equine and canine programs provide 50 hours of continuing education
Legal ability to prescribe drugs to animals No    
Overseeing agency / regulating body Program approved as a continuing education provider by NCBTMB www.equissage.com Equissage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider
This chart was prepared to provide an example of the education, training, certification and regulatory oversight requirements of veterinarians and non-veterinarian providers in selected areas of veterinary practice. The chart is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a comprehensive statement on the subject matter covered, but rather a guide that provides practical information for the reader. The chart does not represent legal advice and does not constitute a limitation or expansion of the lawful scope of practice applicable in any jurisdiction. The educational programs included in this resource are those known to AVMA and most often referenced in state regulations. This list is not exhaustive and not intended to describe every program offered in any covered category. The information was prepared in September 2011 and may not necessarily reflect future changes in programs. We hope that you find this material useful. Links to other websites are provided for information and convenience only. The inclusion of such materials or links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of those views and positions.
 
Source: Staff research, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department
Contact: Tara Southwell, State Policy Analyst, AVMA State Legislative and Regulatory Department, 847-285-6779