What a refreshing and new look at business. Thank you Jeff Jarvis for writing this. You can find his blogging at Buzzmachine.com.
I want to say that I have my eyes opened, and an amazing opportunity has occured for me because I did what you are teaching. I got on the internet and looked up blogging conversations, narrowed my search, and kept going. I was looking and listening, as you suggest. What I found was a rare opportunity – to have the online ear of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Until Monday, Feb 14, 2011 they are accepting public comments on the current written law for Vets and Animal Professionals. That’s a three day window, and I found it while it was still open. I mean it, read this book by Jeff Jarvis, if you want a look at business in the online world of Google, Facebook, craigslist, et al.
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I got to give my two cents worth to the AVMA (because they are asking!), and man, am I happy at this gift. An electronic line, open for three more days, straight to the Board that makes the decision that my work of Horse Massage is illegal.
Click here to go to the AVMA Policy site. This is very big deal.
The Vet Practice Act was written in the 1960s. Last updates in 2007
Here is what I wrote yesterday, in my public forum, that was so graciously given to me. I am so proud.
You are commenting on the AVMA Model Veterinary Practice Act: Section 2-19
“Thank you for the opportunity to comment during your process.
I would like to see an exception for certified or qualified Equine Body Workers or Canine and Equine Massage professionals. Please consider language that also protects the public from unqualified individuals, suggesting that only certified individuals of an approved training program (over 100 hours, for example) be exceptions to your rule.
I see that farriers are an exception further down in the language of the Practice Act.
I truly believe that the public wants to be able to hire a certified animal, not human, massage therapist for their animal athlete. Veterinarians are not in the business of doing this service, and we all know that.
As an Equinology certified Equine Body Worker since 2002, I am trained in anatomy, massage techniques, function of muscle and tendon, exercise physiology, and much more – because of the requirements of continuing education for my membership in the International Equine Body Worker Association IEBWA.com. I have been to Veterinary colleges in California and Florida to continue my education, and have been taught by PhDs and DVMs. Many of us in this profession are well educated and passionate for our work.
We also don’t want to be in trouble with our local veterinarians.
I know completely and absolutely to never attempt a diagnosis. I would never try. When one is well trained, this is part of the training. I respect Vets, and the Veterinary Practice Act, but I know that owners want massage available for their pets, and vets cannot even recommend a talented and certified individual to the owner because of the current language of the law.
If this language were changed to exclude “qualified animal massage professionals, certified by qualified training sources”, then the local Vets could assist their clients in finding the help the clients are seeking.
Thank you, very respectfully for opening this forum as you have done.
Miriah Stuart, EBW
Certified Equine Body Worker
Member International Equine Body Workers Association