Revised May, 2010
Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board has had multiple inquiries regarding the
ability of animal massage therapists and other allied health professionals to
perform therapies on animals and not violate the veterinary practice act. The
Board appreciates these individuals willingness to understand and work within
the law and rules of the veterinary practice act. Basically, the use of massage
therapy to treat a medical condition of an animal is the practice of veterinary
medicine and should be monitored by a veterinarian.
is not the intent of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board to restrict the
practice of alternative therapy practitioners as long as they are not straying
into the field of diagnosing and medical treatment of animals. The Board
reiterates that if the animal practitioner is performing therapy for the purpose
of relaxation or other non-medical purposes, then it is not considered the practice
of veterinary medicine and is permissible. For instance, an animal that has inhibitions
regarding travel may require massage therapy to relax it. In the event of a medical
situation a veterinarian can certainly prescribe such services as a therapist
can provide or the therapist can work under the supervision of the veterinarian
as long as the veterinarian maintains the medical supervision for the animal.
You can access
the Board's web site at www.ovmlb.ohio.gov
for updates regarding the Veterinary Medical Practice Act.
dentistry is not included as an alternative therapy. Section 4741.19(C)
ORC specifically states that a registered veterinary technician operating under
direct veterinary supervision may perform equine dental procedures, including
the floating of molars, premolars, and canine teeth; removal of deciduous teeth;
and the extraction of first premolars or wolf teeth. The Board has taken the position
that since this procedure is specifically mentioned in law as being a duty for
RVTs, it is not permissible for other practitioners to perform to perform dental
prophylaxis (RC 4741.19(C)(2)(b))or equine dental procedures, unless the practitioner
is a dentist working at the direction of a veterinarian or a veterinarian.