Relax: Nebraska 14th State To Deregulate Equine Massage

In the past, people wishing to practice animal massage in Nebraska, including dog, cat and equine massage, had to obtain a license, which meant additional years and money in schooling and qualifications.

If a person was practicing massage without a license in Nebraska, they could be accused of the “unlicensed practicing of veterinary medicine” — a felony that could carry up to $25,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison.

Karen Hough was massaging horses when she received a cease-and-desist from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. To avoid penalty, Hough could either become a veterinarian or become a licensed human masseuse and receive an additional 1,000 hours of training in animal massage–neither of which she was inclined to do.

In response to the letter, Karen worked with Sen. Mike Groene to create a bill that would eliminate licensing requirements for equine massage, as well as for cat and dog massage. The bill has passed and Nebraska is the 14th state to deregulate animal massage.

Also passed was a licensing reform bill that will have committees review a portion of the state’s licenses every year to see if the regulations are necessary to protect people from harm. The goal of this bill is to reduce unnecessary regulations, saving Nebraska workers both time and money.

Read more at Forbes.

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