Legislation Reflection

Legislation is an important element within any profession (Hartley and Sampson, 2016). It provides codes of practice and regulations to ensure guidelines and legislation are adhered to for both the professional and the owner (Catley et al., 2004). Veterinary Physiotherapists fall under the The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 and The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. These legislations state that:

“ it is illegal for any person to treat an animal unless they are a Veterinary Surgeon or paraprofessional covered by the Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 1962.  Complementary therapies are authorised providing they are practised with the prior consent of and under the direction of the animal’s Veterinary Surgeon.”

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 1962 (Amended 2015): ss 19.

This weekend at university looked at discussion work around Veterinary Physiotherapy legislation scenarios. Group work discussions are a good way of peer learning (Sultan et al., 2011) and building upon communication skills (Oxford, 1997) which is essential for a good therapist (Tombs, 2016).

The scenarios made me think as a Veterinary Physiotherapist and the potential work related situations I could come across when out in industry. I have a good knowledge of animal related legislation due to my previous employment, however, looking at it through the eyes of a therapist made me look at it in a different way.

It has highlighted the importance of education of environment and welfare to owners and how owners will need to have confidence and trust in your knowledge and advice (Tombs, 2016). The scenarios also have highlighted how my knowledge of Dangerous Dog breeds needs to be revisited and added for a developmental point for my Personal Development Plan (PDP). Another developmental point for my PDP will be to become familiar with the changes made to the Dangerous Dog Act 1991 and how that will implicate me as a Veterinary Physiotherapist.


Reference List

Catley A, Leyland T, Mariner J, Akabwai D, Admassu B, Asfaw W, Bekele G and Hassan H. (2004). Para-veterinary professional and the development of quality, self substaining community based services. [online]. Available at: http://www.livestock-emergency.net/userfiles/file/veterinary-services/Catley-et-al-2004.pdf. Date accessed: 29/11/16.

Hartley M, Sampson F. (2016). Blackstone’s Police Operational Handbook 2017. Law. OUP: Oxford.

Oxford R. (1997). Cooperative Learning, Collaborative Learning, and Interaction: Three Communicative Strands in the Language Classroom. The Modern Lanaguage Journal. 81 (4). 443-456.

Sultan S, Kanwal F, Khurram S. (2011). Effectiveness of Learning Styles: A Comparison between Students Learning Individually and Students Learning Collaboratively. Journal of Educational Research 14 (2): 32-39.

Tombs, H. (2016). Personal Communication. 6th November 2016.

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Veterinary Surgeons (Exemptions) Order 1962 (Amended 2015): ss 19. London: HMSO.



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