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Code of Conduct

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.


Professional Conduct

  • 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‚Äźoperate 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.