Registered Equine Massage Therapists have the same level of training and education as RMT’s (Registered Massage Therapists) that are licensed to work on people. Distinct from “certification” or other bodywork titles, the REMT designation is conferred to those who have completed an accreditation process which mirrors the requirements in the human field of massage.
What is an REMT?
Registered Equine Massage Therapists (REMTs) have the knowledge, training and experience to serve as valuable members of the equine health care team. The designation Registered Equine Massage Therapist (REMT) is a title legally protected by the IFREMT, and may only be used by those individuals that have met the established standards of qualification and successfully completed the accreditation process. Entrance exams to become registered with the IFREMT include both a written component, and a practical component that is overseen by a supervising veterinarian.
REMTs are committed to substantive training and maintaining the highest standards in their profession. Similar to the education requirements in Ontario for Registered Massage Therapists (RMTs), Registered Equine Massage Therapists must complete a 2-year, 2200 hour program of study. In addition, REMTs undertake a 100-hour externship with an equine veterinarian.
Registered Equine Massage Therapists are accountable to the IFREMT for their professional conduct and care they provide, and are governed by the Standards of Practice and Code of Professional Ethics set out by the IFREMT.
Scope of Practice
Equine massage therapy is never an alternative to veterinary care. REMTs work under the direction of the horse’s primary veterinarian, and together with other equine health care professionals as well the horse’s owner, rider, trainer or groom.