About Us

Established in 1996, the International Federation of Registered Equine Massage Therapists (IFREMT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards in equine massage therapy.

The primary aim of the IFREMT is to support the provision of safe, ethical and qualified equine massage therapy services within the equine industry.

What we do

The IFREMT does not provide education or training in equine massage, but rather sets the standards of qualification required to become a Registered Equine Massage Therapist (REMT) and maintains standards of practice and professional ethics for our registered members. We hold accreditation exams once a year, which include both a written component, and a practical component that is overseen by a supervising veterinarian.

Though equine massage is not a regulated profession like human massage therapy is in many provinces and states, the IFREMT strives to apply the same level of qualification standards to our accreditation process as those established by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario – the governing body for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs) in Ontario.

Our members

Similar to the educational requirements in Ontario for RMTs , Registered Equine Massage Therapists (REMTs) are required to complete a 2-year, 2200 hour program of study. In addition to passing both the written and practical components of the IFREMT accreditation exams, our registered members also complete a 100-hour externship with an equine veterinarian.

Our membership represents individuals committed to substantive training and education in their chosen profession, and who are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in their practice.

The “REMT” title

“Registered Equine Massage Therapist” (or REMT) is a title legally protected by the IFREMT, and may only be used by those individuals that have met the standards of qualification and successfully completed the accreditation process set out by the IFREMT. Registered Equine Massage Therapists are accountable to the IFREMT for their professional conduct and care they provide.

The REMT title is distinct from “Certified Equine Massage Therapist” (CEMT). “Certification” in equine massage is offered by a number of different schools, individuals and organizations. These programs vary in content and may range from one week or weekend to one month or several month-long courses of study. There is no governing body of CEMTs and each school sets their own standards of qualification.

Scope of practice

The IFREMT firmly maintains that equine massage is a not an alternative to veterinary care. Registered Equine Massage Therapists work under the direction of the horse’s primary veterinarian.

IFREMT mandate