Every musculoskeletal practitioner listed on this Register must uphold the standards as stipulated by RAMP. This includes:
What This Means For Vets
This Register offers vets, members of the public and other allied professionals, the reassurance they need to safely refer to, and/or work closely with registered musculoskeletal practitioners.
The three professions of Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy have identified that they have more common ground than they have differences in working with animals. Within each profession, practitioners have a range of skills, techniques and areas of interest that they excel in, but all listed here have reached the Gold Standard required by RAMP.
Most registered practitioners are trained to treat a range of animals from mammals to birds, reptiles to farm animals. Some even treat zoo animals. As a result, we recommend that you contact your local practitioner and ask them directly for their area of expertise.
The principle of musculoskeletal care is to mobilise and manipulate dysfunctional joints in order to restore, improve and optimise flexibility, symmetry, coordination, strength and balance. This will improve function and performance in terms of reducing pain, relieving soft tissue spasms and asymmetries, increasing mechanical strength and stability, and restoring nerve function.
Musculoskeletal care for animals involves manual treatments which may be done by hand or using portable equipment.
Any condition outside the practitioner's remit is always referred back to the Veterinary Surgeon quickly. In this way, medical problems may be identified and treated sooner than usually possible for referrals based on the owner’s knowledge.
Musculoskeletal therapies are a non-invasive adjunct to veterinary treatment for musculoskeletal and post-surgical conditions.