Most states have laws and regulations governing the practice of small animal massage, large animal massage and animal physical therapy. Prospective animal wellness practitioners intending to use these modalities in their practice should contact the state or local jurisdiction in which they intend to work to determine the specific requirements for practice in that area. In some cases, a practitioner who wishes to perform animal massage will need to complete a regular massage therapy program before obtaining special training in animal massage, while other states do not have this requirement. Other animal healing modalities, such as Reiki, energy healing or aromatherapy, have no state regulations or licensing requirements.
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