(1) A massage therapist licensed under this chapter may apply for an endorsement as
a small or large animal massage therapist upon completion of one hundred hours of
training in either large or small animal massage. Training must include animal massage techniques, kinesiology, anatomy, physiology,
first aid care, and proper handling techniques.
(2) An applicant who applies for an endorsement within the first year following July
22, 2001, may submit documentation of a minimum of fifty hours of training with up
to fifty hours of practical experience or continuing education, or a combination thereof,
to fulfill the requirements of this section.
(3) Massage therapy of animals does not include diagnosis, prognosis, or all treatment
of diseases, deformities, defects, wounds, or injuries of animals. For the purposes of this section, massage for therapeutic purposes may be performed
solely for purposes of patient well-being.
(4) A person licensed and endorsed under this section may hold themselves out as an
animal massage therapist.
(5) The board may adopt rules to implement this section upon consultation with the
Washington state veterinary board of governors and licensed massage therapists with
training in animal massage.
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