Help to grow your business by providing an easy search tool for local practitioners on ACAT website.
Facilitating and promoting the exchange of skills, information, and knowledge, by networking with other members through access to members only forum and newsletters.
Increase visibility through social media (Twitter and Facebook).
Supporting members in important areas such as Continuous Professional Development (CPD), and professional guidance in order to foster good practice.
Providing some financial benefits such as discounts for some CPD events and practitioner insurance.
Serve as a platform to collectively monitor developments that affect the complementary animal health sector.
Strengthening the message, and defending the interests of members, by providing a collective voice which is more likely to be heard and acknowledged as legitimate by others, particularly government, decision makers and policy makers.
Raising and maintaining the profile and legitimacy of the complementary animal health sector.
Helping members, member's clients, and the complementary animal health sector at large by identifying and fostering best practices.
Helping to convene the complementary animal health sector.
So why not join us?
Scroll down or click here to find out about Membership Categories and how to register.
Currently there are four categories of membership for the ACAT:
Massage Full Practitioner Member - £60
Access to members only area. Massage 'Locate practitioner' website listing, including contact details and free advertising on website. Members only discussion forum. Email newsletters. Must provide evidence of current insurance. Non ICAT qualified practitioners required to provide evidence of qualification. See full list of Benefits.
For the online facility for massage practitioner applications click here.
Non Massage Complementary and Alternative Affiliated Practitioner - £60
This is a new category of membership to acknowledge the increase of alternative and complementary practices and practitioners. Must provide evidence of qualification and current insurance. Access to members only area. 'Locate practitioner' website listings according to specific therapy offered, including contact details and free advertising on website. Members only discussion forum. Email newsletter.
See full list of Benefits.
For the online facility for non-massage practitioner applications click here.
Student Member - £12
Registered on a course recognized by ACAT. Access to members only area. 'Locate practitioner' website listing as 'trainee seeking case study experience prior to qualification'. Student representatives available to provide a point of contact for support, and to encourage and facilitate student discussions, debate and networking. Email newsletter.
For the online facility for student applications click here.
Friend of ACAT - £10
Interested in supporting ACAT and its aims but not studying or practicing as an animal therapist. No access to members' area. May advertise on website but a reduced charge will be payable. Receive email newsletter.
For the online facility for Friend applications click here.
Code of Ethics
The ACAT Code of Ethics has been drawn up to provide a set framework of standards which must be met by ACAT members and practitioners.
This ensures that clients, patients, other professionals and the general public can trust that ACAT members/practitioners have a duty to place the wellbeing of the patient as their first priority and respect all human and animal life.
ACAT members must:
Respect the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 and work within the confines of the Law and make clients aware of these requirements
Treat every patient professionally with care and consideration
Respect confidential information and abide by the Data Protection Act
Agree to act honourably towards clients and other practitioners
Recognise the limits of their professional competence and refer on when appropriate
Refrain from criticising the work of fellow practitioners
Ensure the profession is represented with honesty and integrity - recognise that you are an ambassador of the ACAT
Never make a diagnosis unless qualified to do so
Work with other professionals in ways that are best suited for the benefit of the patient
Always conduct a full consultation and maintain accurate records
Explain the chosen course of treatment and expected outcomes in a clear and precise manner ensuring the client fully understands
Never imply or make any guarantees as to the outcome of a course of treatment
Respect the client's right to ask for a second opinion
Present a professional appearance and manner at all times
Ensure that relevant malpractice and public liability insurance cover is taken out in order to protect both themselves and their clients/patients and members of the public
Continue with their professional development and be aware of new developments and skills
Code Of Practice
This offers general advice and guidance on the presentation of animal massage therapy and the ways to make or receive referrals from other professionals and practitioners.
3.1ACAT members must explain that
it is the duty of the client to gain prior veterinary approval before any treatment
may commence with the patient. No treatment will be carried out without prior
veterinary authorization. 3.2 Members must never make a diagnosis unless
qualified to do so, nor contradict any diagnostic opinion given by a veterinary
surgeon. 3.3 Members will strictly uphold their professional
conduct and not seek to attract another professional's referral to be their
own client/patient. 3.4 Members must maintain an awareness of
notifiable diseases and the current legislation procedures as stated by DEFRA. 3.5 The nature and content of the treatment,
time and frequency of visits and any costs involved must be fully understood
by the client before treatment commences. 3.6 Members must conduct their practices
with the utmost professionalism, paying attention to the health, safety and
welfare of both their client and patient at all times. Members must never undertake
treatments beyond their professional training and not covered by relevant insurance. 3.7 A risk assessment of the treatment area
must be carried out on each visit. Any potential hazards must first be removed
before treatment commences. 3.8 Hygienic practices must be observed before
and after handling animals 3.9 Subject to paragraph 3.3 above, members
must make sure the client fully understands contra actions to massage and any
appropriate aftercare advice including referrals to other professionals. 3.10 Members will conduct a full consultation
prior to commencing any treatment and maintain accurate records detailing each
visit, treatment and aftercare advice given, in accordance with current data
protection legislation. This information will be kept in a secure place and
remain confidential. No details will be passed on unless with the clients prior
consent or where required to do so by a Court of Law or if the duty presents
to report abuse. 3.11 Members who provide any voluntary treatments
free of charge must be aware that they are still required to operate within
the ACAT's Code of Ethics and Practice. 3.12 Members must make sure the client understands
that they will be required to stay to assist the member with the patient throughout
the treatment session and that a restraint collar will be provided by the client. 3.13 Members must pay due regard to Health
and Safety at all times and never place themselves in a compromised position
during a treatment. 3.14 Members may advertise a practice or
service, but must exercise care that nothing is said or implied that would discredit
animal massage therapists or other healthcare professionals. 3.15 Members may add the letters ACAT
after their name followed by the division to which they belong (Equine, Canine). 3.16 Members must exercise care when making
public statements and should not present any information that purports to represent
the views of the ACAT without obtaining prior written consent. The ACAT
reserves the right to examine any material before giving such consent. 3.17 Members are obliged to undertake to
continue their professional development on a regular basis. This should include
on-going training, keeping up to date with current legislation, research and
development. 3.18 Members are required to notify the ACAT
and their insurer immediately if they suspect or receive any complaints or criminal
convictions against them in the pursuance of their practice. 3.19 The Disciplinary Committee for the Association
of Complementary Animal Therapies will be convened to investigate complaints. 3.20 The Disciplinary Committee shall be
aware that it has a duty to sit in a judicial capacity to decide cases in which
it is alleged that a member has been guilty of unprofessional conduct. 3.21 The Disciplinary Committee will determine
the competence or suitability of the member to continue to practice. The member's
name may be removed from the ACAT register if the Committee considers
he/she unfit to remain in registration.
When a formal complaint is received by the ACAT the Chairperson will respond in writing to that person within five working days. This response will set out the details of the complaint and the procedure for the disciplinary hearing which will take place within ten weeks of the receipt of the original complaint.
The defendant will be asked to submit a written response to the Chairperson's notification within ten working days of the receipt of the letter. The defendant will be invited to attend the hearing and bring a friend with them. The plaintiff will also be invited to attend the disciplinary hearing with a friend
Both the defendant and the plaintiff will be informed of the names and status of the disciplinary committee.
Within five working days of receipt of the defendants response, both parties, their friends and members of the disciplinary committee will be sent all the documentation relating to the complaint.
There is a mandatory requirement that no contact is made between the parties of the complaint themselves, nor with the members of the disciplinary committee.
The Chairperson will notify the outcome of the disciplinary committee hearing to both parties in writing within ten working days of the hearing.
There shall be a right of appeal and an appeals process for a second disciplinary hearing. After a second disciplinary committee outcome there shall be no further right of appeal.
Results of any disciplinary committee hearing shall be published on the ACAT website.