Why is veterinary consent required?
The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 was put into place to provide regulation of the treatment of animals. Basically it stipulates that only veterinary surgeons can legally diagnose, prescribe, advise on basis of diagnosis and perform surgery on animals.
Exceptions to this are osteopathy, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupressure, massage are allowed to be performed by non-vets. However the act states that practitioners must obtain veterinary consent prior to treatment and report any concerns back to the vet.
Prior to seeing you horse I will ask which vet your horse is registered with and will contact the vet either by phone or email. Most vets are happy to give their consent and will advise me of any precautions or medical history that may be relevant.