Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners
Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners

RAMP for Veterinary Surgeons


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Every musculoskeletal practitioner listed on this Register must uphold the standards as stipulated by RAMP. This includes:

  1. General professional skills and attributes;
  2. Business practice;
  3. Practical and clinical competences;
  4. Underpinning knowledge and understanding; 
  5. Practitioners on the Register only work with permission from the animal's vet as required by the Veterinary Act Exemptions Order (2015).

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.


  • RAMP aims to endorse best practice methods of animal musculoskeletal therapy delivered by appropriately competent professionals
  • RAMP registered practitioners follow a strict code of conduct, work within their scope of practice, comply with annual CPD requirements and have appropriate insurance

The Three Treatment Modalities Included in RAMP

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.

Animal patients 


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.

Musculoskeletal Care & Veterinary Treatment


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.


Crisis Care

  • Musculoskeletal conditions where non-invasive approach may be sufficient alone, and for any animal where surgery is not appropriate
  • Traumas where there is no obvious radiographic evidence of damage
    Neurological conditions where investigations are limited by financial constraints

Maintenance Care

  • Long-terms conditions, the elderly and compensations for other injuries or after anaesthetic
  • Regular check-ups are recommended to maintain fitness and improve prevention of avoidable injury

Competition Care

  • Where animals are involved in athletic activities, treatment can resolve minor musculoskeletal problems that challenge performance.


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