CAAPT’s tagline says it all: “We exist to protect your right to choose your own qualified non-vet rehabilitation therapist and to ensure consumer protection through mandatory educational standards for all who practice in the specialty field of animal rehabilitation.”
- The California Veterinary Medical Board (CVMB) has a history of taking prior action which would have resulted in the loss of consumer choice of qualified non-vet practitioners.
- The CVMB has indicated they will continue their efforts to mandate direct supervision of all persons, including qualified licensed physical therapists with advanced training in animal rehab, under the premise of “consumer protection and safety.”
- The CVMB’s approach, if anything like their attempt in 2015, will likely drive up costs, limit consumer access to qualified professionals, and potentially reduce the quality of services provided to pets since, historically, the CVMB has not included any minimum education standards in this specialty niche of animal healthcare. It is important to know that rehabilitation is not currently mandated or even part of most veterinary curricula, so competency of the veterinarians themselves is not ensured, which could pose risks of harm to animals.
The CAAPT’s vision under Karen’s leadership is worthy of your attention and help to ensure consumer choice of qualified practitioners in California. I hope you’ll join me in supporting the cause.
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