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Massage Therapy for Animals

Only a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, or a person who is working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian, can perform animal massage therapy services in the Commonwealth. The practice of veterinary medicine, as defined by the Kentucky General Assembly in KRS 321.181, covers a wide range of activities that may be performed to treat, correct, change, or prevent an animal’s deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition. “Manipulation” of an animal, which includes massage services, is one of the specific activities that the law regards as the practice of veterinary medicine.

A person who is not a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian can provide massage services in the Commonwealth only under limited circumstances. An animal’s owner, or the owner’s employee, may provide these services without a license. In addition, a trainer, sales agent, or herdsman can provide these services under instruction and direct supervision from a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, provided there exists a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Other limited circumstances are listed in KRS 321.200.

Massage Therapy for Animals

Only a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, or a person who is working under the direct supervision of a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, can perform chiropractic services in the Commonwealth. The practice of veterinary medicine, as defined by the Kentucky General Assembly in KRS 321.181, covers a wide range of activities that may be performed to treat, correct, change, or prevent an animal’s deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition. “Manipulation” of an animal, which includes chiropractor services, is one of the specific activities that the law regards as the practice of veterinary medicine.

A person who is not a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian can provide chiropractor services in the Commonwealth only under limited circumstances. An animal’s owner, or the owner’s employee, may provide these services without a license. In addition, a trainer, sales agent, or herdsman can provide these services under instruction and direct supervision from a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, provided there exists a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Other limited circumstances are listed in KRS 321.200.

Acupuncture Services for Animals

Only a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, or a person who is working under the direct supervision of a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, can perform animal massage services in the Commonwealth. The practice of veterinary medicine, as defined by the Kentucky General Assembly in KRS 321.181, covers a wide range of activities that may be performed to treat, correct, change, or prevent an animal’s deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition. Acupuncture is one of the specific activities that the law regards as the practice of veterinary medicine.

A person who is not a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian can provide acupuncture services in the Commonwealth only under limited circumstances. An animal’s owner, or the owner’s employee, may provide these services without a license. In addition, a trainer, sales agent, or herdsman can provide these services under instruction and direct supervision from a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, provided there exists a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Other limited circumstances are listed in KRS 321.200.

Physical Therapy Services for Animals

Only a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, or a person who is working under the direct supervision of a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, can perform animal massage services in the Commonwealth. The practice of veterinary medicine, as defined by the Kentucky General Assembly in KRS 321.181, covers a wide range of activities that may be performed to treat, correct, change, or prevent an animal’s deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition. “Manipulation” of an animal, which includes physical therapy services, is one of the specific activities that the law regards as the practice of veterinary medicine.

A person who is not a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian can provide physical therapy services in the Commonwealth only under limited circumstances. An animal’s owner, or the owner’s employee, may provide these services without a license. In addition, a trainer, sales agent, or herdsman can provide these services under instruction and direct supervision from a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, provided there exists a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Other limited circumstances are listed in KRS 321.200.

Laser Therapy Services for Animals

Only a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, or a person who is working under the direct supervision of a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, can perform animal massage services in the Commonwealth. The practice of veterinary medicine, as defined by the Kentucky General Assembly in KRS 321.181, covers a wide range of activities that may be performed to treat, correct, change, or prevent an animal’s deformity, defect, injury, or other physical or mental condition. Laser therapy is one of the specific activities that the law regards as the practice of veterinary medicine.

A person who is not a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian can provide laser therapy services in the Commonwealth only under limited circumstances. An animal’s owner, or the owner’s employee, may provide these services without a license. In addition, a trainer, sales agent, or herdsman can provide these services under instruction and direct supervision from a Kentucky-licensed veterinarian, provided there exists a veterinarian-client-patient relationship. Other limited circumstances are listed in KRS 321.200.