Important Update from the RCVS and DEFRA

regarding consent for Veterinary Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists to Treat Animals

Important information for Owners, vets and practitioners, there has been a clarification regarding consent from vets for #animalosteopath, #animalchiropractor and #aniamlphysiotherapist practitioners to treat animals.The update from #RCVS can be found on their website at: https://www.rcvs.org.uk

The following update has come from RAMP (#RAMP #RAMPregister)

www.rampregister.org
RCVS Guidance clarification for MSK Practitioners. The following Guidance has been passed by the RCVS Standards Committee and will be circulated among the veterinary profession:

a) Musculoskeletal therapists are part of the vet-led team. Animals cared for or treated by musculoskeletal therapists must be registered with a veterinary surgeon. Musculoskeletal therapists carry out a range of manipulative therapies, including physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic therapy.

b) As per the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015, remedial treatment by ‘physiotherapy’ requires delegation by a veterinary surgeon who has first examined the animal. ‘Physiotherapy’ is interpreted as including all kinds of manipulative therapy. It therefore includes osteopathy and chiropractic but would not, for example, include acupuncture or aromatherapy. It is up to the professional judgment of the veterinary surgeon to determine whether and when a clinical examination should be repeated before musculoskeletal treatment is continued.

c) The delegating veterinary surgeon should ensure, before delegation, that they are confident that the musculoskeletal therapist is appropriately qualified and competent; indicators can include membership of a voluntary register with associated standards of education and conduct, supported by a disciplinary process. As the RCVS does not regulate musculoskeletal therapists it cannot recommend specific voluntary registers.

d) Musculoskeletal maintenance care for a healthy animal, for instance massage, does not require delegation by a veterinary surgeon. However, the animal must still be registered with a veterinary surgeon. Maintenance should cease and the owner of the animal should be asked to take their animal to a veterinary surgeon for clinical examination at the first sign that there may be any underlying injury, disease or pathology. Alternatively, the musculoskeletal therapist may ask the client for formal consent to disclose any concerns to the veterinary surgeon that has their animal under their care.

This has come about as a result of RAMP Council consultation with DEFRA and the RCVS around clarification for veterinary consent for Competition and Maintenance Care.

To reiterate, the only difference to current practice is in point d). An animal declared healthy by the owner, in cases where care is given to maintain good health and optimise competition performance, can be seen without specific Veterinary referral with the caveats stated. This covers the areas of Maintenance care and Competition care ONLY.

This clarification will ease the current legal grey area and hope it will improve communication between MSK Practitioners and the Veterinary Profession. ANY pathology must be reported back to the animals registered vet immediately.

Guidance for Animal Practitioners

With COVID on the rise again, please use common sense and follow RAMP and RVCS guidelines. We all know to ask pertinent COVID pre-screening questions in advance of a visit and to touch gates, head collars etc. as little as possible. PPE wearing should be relevant to each case, based on your ability to keep a 2m distance from any person on the yard on in a garden – during the entire session. Where possible, treat outside. If you are inside treating an animal, you must be sure to follow PPE and hygiene guidelines to the dot.

Take your own cleaning and sanitising products to your visits. Make sure your owners know that you have clean sanitized hands and arms before touching their animal (after you get out of the car). Don’t shake hands, as before. Take your own food and drink with you. And where possible, ensure that you have a change of clothes between visits, if you are not wearing protective disposable items that can be disposed of, in between patients. This is because COVID can last on material for up to 3 hours.

More recently it has been announced that professionals in close proximity to people outside their household must wear both mask and visor – even if teaching (as opposed to treating). So, if you cannot keep a 2 meter distance from your owners, you need to keep this in mind.

New Animal Osteopathic Text on the Market

It is exciting to announce that a new collaborative animal osteopathic text has reached the market writers include Nadine Hobson, Tony Nevin and Paolo Tozzi

To find out more about this book which includes small animal and wildlife osteopathy click on the link below which will take you to the Amazon page.

Here is an extract from the synopsis on the amazon page.

“This is a comprehensive reference textbook for all those using osteopathic treatment techniques with animals or birds or studying to do so. The book is divided into sections: equine osteopathy; general small animal osteopathy; osteopathy for exotics- (pets such as tortoise, snakes, ferrets etc); osteopathy for wildlife – native as well as non to the UK including species found in most zoological collections; avian osteopathy – both domestic and wild/exotic.”

We hope you enjoy reading it and developing your animal practice.

The AAO team.

AAO Regional Representatives

NEWS

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES – TOGETHER WE WILL SUPPORT OUR PROFESSION

Date: January 25 2018

As a way to help animal osteopaths around the UK, we are looking to start regional groups, where animal osteopaths can meet to discuss current issues in veterinary medicine and build relationships with local animal professionals through the use of talks and workshops. Our aim is to increase the reach of support offered by the AAO, whilst also helping members to build relationships and their businesses.

As such, we are seeking friendly, sociable, active animal osteopaths (members of the AAO) who are you interested in the future of animal osteopathy and have the time to help the AAO to grow the profession in their home regions.

Each group will be given help and support by a member of our current committee and a small annual budget will be allocated to each group to help with the costs of workshops etc.

Our aim is to link the profession in a more coherent fashion and to help you as RAMP and its CPD requirements become a part of everyone’s reality.

If you’re interested in taking on the role of a Regional Representative, please let me know by the 24th February.

You may send in your interest after this time, but we are keen to get these roles up and running by April at the latest.


Do you have any news you’d like to share – or articles/cases of interest? Please send them in and we will share them with the rest of membership. 

secretary@associationofanimalosteopaths.com

SOAP AGM and CPD Day 6th August 2016!

It is my pleasure to confirm that this years AGM is taking place from 1.30-2.30pm Saturday 6th April at M.A.R.E.S. Amersham.

In addition to the AGM (which is free for members to attend), we are also offering 4 hours of animal-related CPD for just £30 to Members, which reflects the costs for the facilities, equipment & a light lunch (lecturers are kindly giving their time for free).

So join us for an informative & interesting day:-

  • Meet your SOAP committee, hear about our plans and get involved with the development and future of Animal Osteopathy;
  • Deepen your knowledge about pathologies in dogs & lameness in horses, and osteopathic approaches to treating both; plus enhance your business skills (see programme below);
  • Achieve 4 hours of Animal CPD towards the 7 hours we ask you to commit to in a year as a member of SOAP.

Places on the CPD part of the day are limited so to reserve your place, email secretary.soap@gmail.com as soon as possible for further details.

Non-members are also welcome, so if you have colleagues who are treating animals or interested in knowing more, but are not SOAP members, do forward this email to them.  Fees for non-members to attend are £55 for qualified osteopaths, £45 for final year students, and if they are eligible for membership & join on the day they will receive a discounted membership fee – to place reservations, organise payment & for further details please email secretary.soap@gmail.com.

If you only plan to come the AGM part, please also let me know – by 22nd July latest.

CPD Programme – knowledge, research, practical – 4 hours of Animal CPD

  • Equine behaviour and body language: animal behaviourist Olivia Turner gives us insight into equine body language and communication also focussing on stress and discomfort in the ridden horse.
  • Canine applied forelimb biomechanics – James Sabala and Eleanor Andrews, lecturers in animal osteopathy combine theory with practical as we explore muscular activity in forelimb biomechanics and how this can be applied to gait assessment in animal practice.
  • Equi-taping demo – exact details to be confirmed.

Any and all questions regarding the AGM can be directed to either the secretary at secretary.soap@gmail.com or the communications officer at soapcommunications@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM!

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SOAP timetable 2016

What is Osteopathy? – An update from the Osteopathic Alliance

The Osteopathic Alliance has been working hard over a considerable length of time to develop a brief descriptor to summarise what osteopathy is. The aim of this work has been to formulate a definition that can work regardless of the style of osteopathy being practised. Here at SOAP we are committed to promoting these ideals and the descriptor reads as follows:

“Osteopathy is a philosophy of healthcare that acknowledges that the living body is a self-renewing, self-regenerating, self-recuperating system which maintains health constantly throughout life. Whenever that health-maintaining system is compromised, symptoms or disease could develop. Osteopathy is concerned with that which has compromised health rather than the resulting condition.

Osteopaths have been regulated by statute since 1993. They are trained to diagnose conventionally and also to use their hands to assess body function and dysfunction. This gives the osteopath uniquely sensitive information about the disability within the body and how this insight might be used to help restore health. 

Although people commonly describe their symptoms in terms of conventional medical conditions, osteopaths do not primarily treat medical conditions; they are more concerned with the cascade of events which could have contributed to the development of those medical conditions.”

 Advanced Clinical Practice Project  survey

We have be asked to circulate the following to you regarding advanced clinical practice in osteopathy.  Please feel free to share with your colleagues, there is also a patient version to share.

Kind Regards
The SOAP committee.
Dear Colleagues,
The ODG’s Advanced Clinical Practice Project could have a profound effect on the shape of osteopathic practice in the UK, especially in areas of clinical interest such as animal osteopathy. Make sure your views are heard by completing the ACP survey now. You may also wish to promote the public survey to your patients. The surveys close on 28th August.
For more information, please visit:
http://www.osteopathy.org/acp-survey/

Every day, someone at SOAP is fighting to improve your profession

The Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice – supporting your profession.

Members of the SOAP committee work tirelessly toward a better future for animal osteopaths and the profession as a whole. Over the years, SOAP has gone from strength to strength, but as the profession changes, so must we. Today, animal osteopathy faces new challenges and our work as a committee, has been to ensure the safety and security of the profession and its’ members.

Current SOAP projects include:

  • Maintaining a strong presence within the Osteopathic Alliance
    Meeting regularly with the GOsC to ensure both parties are aware of changes and challenges.
  • Working closely with ACPAT and the animal section of MCA, to build strong relationships with other statutory regulated professionals who branch out into animal practice.
  • Supporting animal osteopathy through the RMPR process, to ensure that animal osteopaths are properly represented and heard for the professionals that we are.
  • Building solid relationships with Osteopathic Schools around the UK to enhance educational opportunities and help raise the skill sets of animal osteopaths.
  • Increasing the visibility of animal osteopathy and SOAP via social media and direct communications.
  • Securing a regular slot within the iO journal for animal osteopathic topics.
    Regularly showcasing animal osteopathy within the iO conference
    Supporting and encouraging research within the field of animal osteopathy through the OEIs
  • Visiting Osteopathic Schools to run lectures on animal osteopathy for the next generation.

With the AGM coming up in June. If you have time to help on committee – if only in a small role – we would value your help. The more people we have onboard the faster we can implement everything and continue to strengthen the profession. Hope to see you there.