Why is veterinary consent no longer required?
RCVS have updated their guidance on veterinary consent for competition and maintenance care:
The RCVS recognises there has been some doubt as to whether therapists require veterinary referral for maintenance work such as massage, in a healthy animal.
The new guidance clarifies that healthy animals do not require a veterinary referral/consent for maintenance care.
The guidance also stresses that all therapists are part of the vet led team. and that any animal, including healthy ones, should be registered with a veterinary surgeon and referred to to a vet at first sign of any symptoms that may suggest underlying health issues.
As an owner you are responsible for informing your therapist of any medical history, injuries or procedures that your horse has undergone. The therapist may need liaise with your vet prior to treatment, if there are any concerns.