We have received this message from the RCVS: they advise vets to provide emergency treatment only (for something that is urgent and/or is going to be an emergency if not treated in the next 3 weeks). See RCVS FAQ page here.
RAMP is committed to protecting the public and their animals, and promoting public confidence in the animal musculoskeletal occupation it registers.
Professionals trained in Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Physiotherapy techniques are regarded here as one occupation - i.e. animal musculoskeletal practitioners.
The RAMP register is intended to help veterinary surgeons and animal owners choose professionals providing Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Physiotherapy techniques who are not regulated by the RCVS for the treatment of animals.
Two Basic Principles That RAMP Holds Fundamental
All animals should get the best treatment possible.
All treatment should be legal, and chosen with fully informed consent.
RAMP was established in September 2016 aiming to endorse best practice methods in the industry of animal musculoskeletal therapy.
RAMP registered practitioners follow a strict code of conduct, work within their scope of practice, comply with annual CPD requirements and have appropriate insurance.
This independent voluntary register offers vets, members of the public and other paraprofessionals the reassurance they need to safely refer to, and/or work closely with RAMP practitioners.
Practitioners on the Register may belong to a variety of professional associations and may have qualified at different training establishments, but still continue to meet RAMP's Gold Standard in practice.
RAMP Gold Standard
All professionals registered with RAMP demonstrate high standards of proficiency and professionalism, equivalent to the demands of the statutory regulatory bodies governing Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy in the human domain.
This means that you can be confident that your animal should receive the same level of care as you would yourself.
RAMP is managed by senior practitioners from the Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Chiropractic fraternity, plus two Veterinary Surgeons and one lay person, who have experience in working at national committee level. All are highly committed to RAMP and its vision for outstanding quality of care for animals around the UK.
A list of Council members can be found at the bottom of the FAQs page here.
Independent and Impartial
As a not-for-profit organisation, RAMP is independent of the commercial interests of educational establishments, professional associations and equipment manufacturers etc. who might be affected by the standards being clarified.
We feel this independence is important so that RAMP can be impartial and unbiased in working for the benefit of the animal owner, the veterinary professions, the insurance industry - and ultimately animal welfare.
The current scope of this new voluntary organisation is to produce and maintain the Register of professionals. It will be low-cost and funded from fees paid by registrants: it receives no Government funding.