Law Would Lift NE Equine Massage Therapy License Requirement

A bill pending in the Nebraska legislature would exempt equine massage therapists from licensure in that state.
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Some states require state board licensing for these equine massage therapists to provide massage therapy to horses. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse

A bill pending in the Nebraska legislature would exempt equine massage therapists from licensure in that state.

Equine massage therapists use massage techniques to help improve an animal’s range of motion and relieve tension. Some states require state board licensing for these individuals to provide massage therapy to horses.

Introduced by Sen. Mike Groene, Legislative Bill 596 (LB596) would amend the state’s Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act to exempt equine massage therapists from being licensed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Under current Nebraska law, equine massage therapists must either hold a veterinary medicine degree or complete 1,000 class hours to become a human massage therapist, as well as an additional 150-hour animal-focused class to earn a license to practice massage therapy on horses

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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