Welcome to The Society of Osteopaths in Animal Practice.

SOAP is committed to the field of animal osteopathy, striving toward a future where education and professional standards are at the forefront of best practice.

SOAP creates a sense of community for its’ members whilst advocating professional practice methods and standards. The Society supports practitioners and patients alike as a vehicle to build  the relationship between the two and educate those interested in this field of animal healthcare.

SOAP provides professional support, guidance, news and educational opportunities to registered Osteopaths in the UK who wish to treat animals. We request certain standards of our full members (those listed under ‘Find an Osteopath”) so those who seek help know that the individual has fulfilled certain educational requirements, works under the remit of the Veterinary Act 1966 (Exemptions order 2015) and is insured to treat animals. Please note however that SOAP does not endorse any individual and the final responsibility lies with the owner to check the credentials of the chosen Osteopath before treatment commences. If you have any doubts, you should first check that they are on the GOsC register and where possible, go with a recommendation.

We endorse professional best practice methods including the legal practice of gaining consent from a patient’s veterinary surgeon before engaging in the treatment of any animal. Veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966 (Exemptions Order 2015). This clearly stipulates:

“(1) Section 19(1) of the 1966 Act does not prohibit the treatment of an animal by * physiotherapy if the following conditions are satisfied.

(2) The first condition is that the person providing the treatment is aged 18 or over.

(3) The second condition is that the person is acting under the direction of a qualified person who—

(a) has examined the animal, and

(b) has prescribed the treatment of the animal by physiotherapy.

Please note: *Physiotherapy in this context is interpreted as including all kinds of manipulative therapy. It therefore includes osteopathy and chiropractic but would not, for example, include acupuncture or aromatherapy.

Osteopathy is a wonderful treatment that identifies and treats imbalances in the body’s mobility, flexibility, circulation and general health. Osteopaths aim not to treat conditions, but rather to support the patient’s body so they may heal themselves. 


5 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Good Day, I’m looking for recommendations on books relating to Osteopathy and Animals. I’m wondering if you had any suggestions. My husband is a recent graduate of the Canadian College of Osteopathy and has expressed interest in treating animals. I’m not having much success in locating books on the topic. Thanks

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    There are very few textbooks and papers on Animal Osteopathy, but I can recommend this book, that is written by three of SOAP’s founder members.

    Osteopathy and the Treatment of Horses Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
    by Anthony Pusey (Author), Julia Brooks (Author), Annabel Jenks (Author)
    ISBN-10: 1405169524

  3. Hi I have a 5.5 month staffy that hurt his leg jumping off a wall.6 brick high… I took him to vets as I heard him yelp then he wouldn’t stand on his back left leg… vet gave him pain killers… now walking in it but it doesn’t seem right… when he jumps up hos ham bit (the top) at ones side feels solid the other the skin is there but it’s as though he’s lost something ie…. muscle. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you

    • Hi Vanessa,

      From this situation there could still be a number of things your dog could have done and I would have to advise if there is no improvement to return to your vets for further investigation. It could simply be just a muscle pull or he could have caused a problem in the stifle (knee) or anywhere else in the hind limb for that matter, so without examination it would be impossible to say. If the vet can’t find anything else wrong after a thorough examination you could then ask to be referred to see a veterinary osteopath (See our members for someone close to you). I hope this helps and if I can give any further advice please do not hesitate to contact us.

      Kind Regards

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