A-Z of Associations, Societies and Registers


Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA)

“The ABVA maintains standards of education, ethics, practice and discipline to ensure the health and wellbeing of animals in the UK. It provides a basic standard for the clinical application and integration of this ancient yet progressive medicine into veterinary practice. 

Whether you are the owner of a pet that might benefit from acupuncture, a vet looking for an acupuncturist to refer to or a vet interested in learning acupuncture, the ABVA can provide all the advice you need via our website or through personal and individual contact.”


(Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy)

“The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy is a professional network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; We represent the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy.
Since the establishment of ACPAT in 1985 our association has seen much change, from the commencement of a highly sort after Masters level programme for Chartered Physiotherapists, to the development of evidence based clinical practice guidelines in animal practice. ACPAT continues to work alongside leading Veterinary Professionals and key stakeholders to champion the merits of not only physiotherapy but also the standards of our association, and its members represent.”

(Animal Health Professions Register)

“The Animal Health Professions’ Register is a voluntary register which has been developed by many representative groups of the animal health industries.

Membership of the AHPR is open to those professions who provide services for the treatment of animals under veterinary referral and for the maintenance of health. Those professions providing treatment are required to base practice on evidence based therapies and clinical reasoning, as well as any therapies for which the benefits are observable and measurable. All our registrants who provide treatment for the musculoskeletal system of an animal work with full adherence to the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015 and only treat animals following veterinary referral, with veterinary permission, or with the knowledge of the consulting veterinary surgeon. For animal owners this means that the therapist who sees your animal for musculoskeletal therapies must be in contact with the animal’s vet to carry out any treatments.”


BVRSMA (British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association)

“Providing continuing professional development for veterinary surgeons, physiotherapists and nurses.”


(Canine Hydrotherapy Association)

“The Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA) was established in 2000 and is a professional industry leader at the forefront of Veterinary Hydrotherapy.

All CHA centres are inspected prior to membership to ensure that they are working to the Quality Standards set by us and a register of all staff working within that centre is maintained to ensure qualifications meet our Quality Standards.”

Canine Massage Guild

“Canine Massage Guild members have trained for 2 years and specialise in soft tissue injury rehabilitation from injuries like strains, trigger points and myofascial pain which are commonly seen as lameness and slowing down. We also provide chronic pain management for orthopaedic conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia resulting in improved comfort and mobility.”





Farriers Registration Council

“The Farriers Registration Council (FRC) is a corporate body established under the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975. Our vision is the “Prevention and avoidance of suffering by equines through ensuring that equine owners are able to access the equine hoof-care that best meets their needs in a timely and assured manner; this care will be delivered only by those capable and qualified to do so.”





IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists)

“The International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT) is the membership organisation for animal therapists in practice.

Our primary objective is to promote excellence in animal therapy. We are an inclusive organisation that values cooperation and collaboration.”

IAVRPT (International Association of Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy)

“The IAVRPT is the first and still one of the only groups around the globe which enables animal rehabilitation practitioners and scientists from all backgrounds to come together with a common goal.

IAVRPT is dedicated to the practice, teaching, and research of veterinary rehabilitation and physical therapy, furthering scientific investigation, and providing better patient care based on sound scientific study.”

(The Institute of Registered Veterinary & Animal Physiotherapists)

“IRVAP is a dynamic community of qualified professionals working in animal therapy. Our shared belief is every animal deserves the best available treatment and their owners are supported and informed.

High standards in professionalism and clinical proficiency are assured through our accredited registration process, guided by our specific category and sub group admissions policy. All our members are fully insured and work within the UK legislation requiring a veterinary referral to commence treatment.”






(National Association of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists)

Set up in 2010, we are a not for profit organisation which maintains the List of Registered Canine Hydrotherapists (RCHs) in the UK. NARCH ensures that all RCHs adhere to the highest professional standards and ethics.

(National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists)

“The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists was formed back in 1985 to promote the professional practice of veterinary physiotherapy. Working together with veterinary surgeons, the organisation has since grown substantially. NAVP aims to ensure that the highest standards of veterinary physiotherapy care will be delivered to animals by linking a strong foundation of scientific knowledge with clinical practice and continued research.”





RAMP (Register of Musculoskeletal Practitioners)

“RAMP is a voluntary register of professionals who have signed up to take responsibility to attain and maintain gold standards of practice in animal musculoskeletal treatment. 

Professionals trained in Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Physiotherapy techniques are regarded here as one occupation – i.e. animal musculoskeletal practitioners.

The register is designed to help veterinary surgeons and animal owners choose competent professionals providing Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Physiotherapy techniques for the treatment of their animals.”

(Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons)

“As a statutory regulator we are responsible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 for keeping the register of veterinary surgeons eligible to practise in the UK, setting standards for veterinary education and regulating the professional conduct of veterinary surgeons and nurses.”


The Society of Master Saddlers

“Informed by research, the Society encourages the manufacture, maintenance, and expert fitting of saddlery of the highest quality and standard. It promotes the wellbeing and good husbandry of horses engaged in sporting, leisure, and work activities by striving to be the world-wide authority in the empathetic and correct use and fitting of saddlery.”








What is difference between a professional organisation and a register?

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