Duty of care
- Under no circumstances shall a therapists diagnose an equine. This will be left to the discretion of a vet.
- Under no circumstances shall a therapists knowingly undertake any action or treatment that would adversely affect the health of the equine.
- The therapist shall always maintain the highest standards of professional conduct and duty of care to the equine.
- The primary duty of the therapist is to assist the equine in achieving optimum health, within the circumstances of their condition
- Therapists must never claim to “cure” any equine condition.
- Therapists will behave with courtesy and respect towards the owner of the equine they are treating, even if a situation arises with which they disagree.
- Therapists shall ensure they are physically, mentally and medically fit to treat equines.
- Therapists should never work in situations where they feel their own safety or that of their client is compromised.
- In this new age of social media, any information on clients discussed in the Private group of the ETAA will be completely confidential.
- A therapist may not disclose information obtained in confidence from or about any equine in their care unless consent has been given.
- Client records are to be kept confidential at all times
- Under no circumstance will you disclose negative information about other therapists to the public unless agreed upon by the therapist in question or the committee.
- Therapists will not knowingly breach any guidelines laid down in the constitution.
- Therapists will not use professional connections or affiliations in an unsuitable manner.
- Therapists will not treat any equines whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs or whilst ill.
- Therapists will not smoke or behave inappropriately whilst attending to clients.
- Therapists will wear appropriate clothing and footwear whilst treating clients. This does not include revealing clothing, skirts, dresses, or uncovered shoes.
- A therapists shall not use any unsafe or improper practice, or use equipment or modalities in which they are not trained.
- Therapists shall always behave in a professional manner and do everything in their power not to bring the association into disrepute.
- Therapists who are still students should not take remuneration for services rendered, and should make it publicly aware that they are still students so as to avoid confusion.
- A therapists shall at all times show due respect and co‐operate with therapists of other disciplines. Slander will not be tolerated.
- Therapists shall at no time take part in or promote any activity, verbal or otherwise, which will reflect negatively on ETAA.