Why do I need veterinary permission for you to treat my animal?

The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 makes it illegal for any person to treat an animal unless they are a veterinary surgeon or a "paraprofessional". If an individual treats an animal without veterinary consent they are breaking the law. The law as it stands aims to protect you and your animal from inappropriate treatments/unqualified practitioners. 

Jess Harkness is classed as a paraprofessional by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 and is allowed to practice with the prior consent of the animal's veterinary surgeon. Therefore she always obtains veterinary referral or verifies that veterinary permission has been granted before treatment.

Jess is also a member of the McTimoney Animal Association a British Equine Veterinary Association allied professional group.  Suitably qualified post-graduate members of BEVA allied professional groups are considered to have the necessary knowledge and experience to safely treat horses following a veterinary referral.