A Galen Myotherapist only works on dogs that have a signed a veterinary consent form that adheres to the Veterinary Act.
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 orher direction. ‘Physiotherapy’ is interpreted as including all kinds of manipulative therapy therefore including Galen Myotherapy.
It is both illegal for a therapist to work on a dog that has not got suitable consent or referral but it can also prove to be illegal for an owner to allow their dog to be treated by an illegal therapist through the animal health act ‘five freedoms’.
- Freedom from Hunger and Thirst by ready access to fresh water and diet to maintain health and vigor.
- Freedom from Discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
- Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
- Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
- Freedom from Fear and Distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.