Pet Owners Unite

Dear Pet Owners,

The American Veterinary Medical Association is currently open to public online forum.  We can say what we want reviewed in the current law.

If you have a passion, like I do for Horse Massage, please make your comments public.  Click here to go to AVMA policy changes page.

Here is the truth – I read the full document yesterday…

As the law currently reads, if I were to ask my vet to recommend an animal massage professional – they can’t do that for me.  Even if they feel that massage may be able to alleviate my animal’s pain, which is why I go to the vet. 

Vets don’t want to practice body work and massage, and the public is asking for these choices to become available.  Make standards, if you need to, about approved training programs, or number of training hours required.  This way the public can have some protection from untrained individuals who may cause injury.

 Please make well trained and certified animal massage professionals an exception to the rules of the Veterinary Practice Act – similar to the exception for animal trainers & horse shoers.  If body work could alleviate pain in our animals, then we need to be able to find this for them.


What Would Google Do? – read this book

What a refreshing and new look at business.  Thank you Jeff Jarvis for writing this.  You can find his blogging  at 

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.

Honey Superficial Muscles 1

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 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

Would you want to know?

Dear Horse Owners and Vets,

What would you do?

 If you could see where your horse may be having inflammation (or nerve impingement), would that help you make decisions about his or her exercise program?

If you could see your horse’s issues before he or she shows any lameness,

 would you want to see this?

Horses at rest, St Paul Rodeo 2010

If your exercise program is not sustainable for your horse’s many tendons and ligaments, would you want to know?

If your horse were over exercising, would you want to know?

Sustainable means that something can last over a long time.  Supply and demand are level enough to be long lasting.  Does your horse have the endurance?  The burst of speed? Do you enjoy periods of hard exercise without vet bills or lameness issues?

If one hock was more inflamed than the other, would you want to see this?

Not a normal thermal pattern for the bottom of the foot

If the hooves are abnormally hot, would you want to see this?

If you could see the area of inflammation and pain in your animal, would you?


Infrared Thermography for Horses – in Canby, Oregon.

By Miriah Stuart, EBW – Equinology Certified Equine Body Worker since 2002, and current Candidate for Veterinary Thermal Technologist.  Member of the American Academy of Thermology.  Supervising DVMs, Dr. James K. Waldsmith and Dr. Tracy Turner

Introductory offer:

$125.00 Thermal images of your horse.  I will tell you what is the “normal” and “not normal” thermal patterns of the animal.

Also included is a consultation about the sustainability of your horse’s exercise program, based on the infrared images of tendons & ligaments.

I have been studying equine anatomy and equine exercise physiology since 2002.  I also have been trained in saddle fitting by Dr. Kerry Ridgway of Sonoma, California and now South Carolina.

Miriah to Attend Dr. Deb Bennett’s Equine Dissection Course

1 week old and perfect body

1 week old and perfect body

I have the wonderful good fortune this fall to continue my equine anatomy training with a very intensive course.  Dr. Deb Bennett is teaching an equine dissection course in Bend, Oregon October 22-26, 2010.  The first two days the topics are the neck & head, principles of bitting, tendon & muscles of the neck, chewing & swallowing, tongue & mouth.  There will also be days to dissect and learn about the back muscles, the hind end, and full leg dissection as well.  The shoulder will also be dissected in detail.

I am very excited to study with Dr. Deb Bennett again.  She came to Vancouver, Washington in 2004 to teach a horsemanship class, and I found the material very valuable.

Click here to jump to Dr. Deb Bennett’s link