Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966
The treatment of animals is currently regulated under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1996, which states that Veterinary consent must be given before a McTimoney treatment is carried out.
The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is committed to providing the best possible care for the horses in health and disease. It’s recognised that some horses with musculoskeletal pathology may benefit by receiving treatment from non-veterinary therapists as defined by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 (e.g. physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors). BEVA works with a number of musculoskeletal allied professional groups and published lists of suitably qualified post graduate members; of which the McTimoney Animal Association is included. BEVA considers that these individuals have the necessary knowledge and experience to safely treat horses following a veterinary referral.
Chiropractors Act 1994
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) currently regulates the chiropractic treatment of humans, and only practitioners who are registered with the GCC may legally use the title “Chiropractor”. Animal practitioners are not eligible to join the GCC as it is only concerned with human treatment.
Practitioners use only their hands for analysis and adjustment. Aftercare usually includes rest or limited exercise for a few days.
Depending on the problem and severity, a number of treatments may be required. And periodic check-ups are advised as a preventative measure and to help achieve optimum performance.