ESMTs practicing in Texas are required to comply with the following State Vet Board Administrative Code Section 573.14. (see extract below). They must maintain a relationship of "direct or general veterinary supervision" with the client's veterinarian. Direct supervision involves the presence of the veterinarian or that he/she is available in an adjoining facility. General veterinary supervision requires a disclosure statement with waiver signed by the horse's owner, a request for "general veterinary supervision" signed by the horse's veterinarian, and involves an authentic "working relationship" between the veterinarian and ESMT in which the veterinarian delegates the equine massage component of his/her patient's care to the ESMT. Forms are available for Equissage Texas-certified ESMTs at and are distributed as efiles during class.

Here is a link to the Texas Veterinary Board Administrative Code Section 573.14 in context on the state website.


United States Animal Massage: Texas State Laws

Before registering for a US class or if you are a US resident intending to take a class and use the skills for a business, you are required to be familiar with the individual state law pertaining to the state which you intend to work. You may reside in a state and choose to work in a neighboring state which allows you to practice within the parameters of that state law.

While every effort has been made to make sure these are correct (also see link "Laws by State"), these versions may not be the current law. Court decisions amend them, and a host of other factors come into play when interpreting them. If you read most any practice act, unless it specifically allows massage, most can be interpreted in either direction depending on who is arguing the case.

State laws constantly change and are often left up to interpretation of the current board. Neither International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork (IAAMB) nor Equissage Texas, their owners and employees, will be held accountable for any information listed in this summary. These summaries are merely here as a collection of information and summaries that we have run across in our searches. If you need a thorough review and analysis of your state’s practice act wording and exemptions, we advise you to evaluate the full text of the statute and regulations which can be found on most state government sites, and consult a knowledgeable attorney.