I have had a couple of frustrating episodes recently, where I have lost potential new clients at the 'Veterinary Consent' stage of the booking process. In some cases they have chosen to use a different practitioner instead of me, who has not requested veterinary consent. So, why bother getting veterinary consent for a treatment? Why does the vet need to be involved anyway? Surely, if the owner wanted to call the vet, that's who they would have rung first, right? Is it not just easier to cut out the middle man, save the hassle and treat without it?
There are a number of reasons why I ALWAYSseek veterinary consent prior to treating any animal, and here they are:
Firstly, it is a LEGAL REQUIREMENT to seek veterinary consent before performing any manipulative therapy on an animal. This is stated in the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (Exemptions Order 1962). Within the veterinary surgeons act, it is stated that only a veterinary surgeon can diagnose and provide treatment for an animal. An addition was made to this order, to allow for the treatment of animals by physiotherapy, but only under the supervision and on the recommendation of the treating veterinary surgeon. 'Physiotherapy', here, covers all manipulative therapies - physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, massage etc.
Secondly, it is in the best interests of the animals' WELFARE for the vet to be aware of any additional treatments they may be receiving. Ultimately, the vet remains the primary carer for that animals medical needs at all times and needs to have full knowledge of any ongoing care should they be required to get involved at any point. I know that some people begrudge paying vets fees, but where would we all be without those vets?? Usually, in most of my cases, vets are happy to give consent for treatment over the phone or by email and do not require to see the animal. However, if they do ask to see the animal first, or if I request that they see an animal before I treat or continue treatment, this is because that is what is felt best for the animals HEALTH and WELL BEING. Using a different practitioner who may not seek veterinary consent will not eliminate the need for that particular issue to be addressed by a veterinary surgeon at some point.
Thirdly, I personally feel that COMMUNICATION between professionals needs to be extended and improved. Ultimately this will improve the situation for everyone - owners, animals and professionals. I will always seek veterinary consent as I want to build a relationship with my local vets so that they trust me and my professional integrity. The more that the vets know and trust me, the more happy they will be to provide consent for treatment. The more treatments they consent to, the more animals can benefit from the fabulous treatment and care that McTimoney can offer.
Whichever practitioner people choose to use for their animal, if they don't seek veterinary consent for treatment, ask yourself why? Often the easier/cheaper option isn't the best route.