• 1.Common Questions
  • Can my vet refer me to an alternative therapist?

    In many states it is illegal for a veterinarian to refer to anyone except to licensed veterinarian health care practitioners. With very few exceptions veterinarians simply cannot refer without putting themselves at risk. Veterinarians also need to feel comfortable that the therapy or treatment is effective and safe. They need education to understand what the modality does and they need to be sure that the modality follows the Hippocratic principle, "Above all do no harm".

    IAATH seeks to expand the concept of referral into a new concept which we are calling "concurrent care", where all health care practitioners contribute their skills to the well being of the patient in a mutually respective and inclusive participation. This allows owners/guardians to exercise their right to choose the health care team for their animal.

    Veterinarians operate within recognized guidelines for veterinary medicine which are in line with their training. They are recognized leaders for diagnosing and treating disease. Alternative practitioners can support the healing process, and help animals maintain an optimal state of health.

  • How can I choose a qualified health care practitioner for my animal?

    Understand what the various modalities have to offer. While some stand alone, often modalities are complementary and build upon one another. Understand the training and experience that goes into making someone qualified in that modality. Select a person whose training and modality, location and access fits your requirements. See the Practitioner Directory for therapists and the Treatments & Therapies section for descriptions of the modalities IAATH sponsors represent.

  • How can I learn more about and even become an animal healer?

    First, please visit the section Treatments & Therapies, and then visit theĀ Practitioner Directory for names of the organizations and schools for each therapy. The purpose of IAATH is not to regulate or limit what healers in the field are doing in the arena of animal health. IAATH's goal is to serve as a networking organization, as a resource for therapists, owners/guardians who are interested in learning more about alternative therapies, and to vets who are incorporating or considering incorporating alternative therapies.

  • What can I do to get involved with IAATH and help support the organization's work?

     

    Donate what you can. Money helps of course! Become a sponsor at the appropriate level for your activity. Volunteer to help communicate IAATH's message to the animal practitioners in your area. Offer your expertise to support IAATH's activities. See Join IAATH for more information. All your donation/sponsorship dollars are tax deductible.

    Sponsorship levels:

    Basic Membership - $85 annually

    For Solo Practitioners. You get a basic listing in the directory with the opportunity to describe your offerings, a link to your website, monthly newsletters, and an invitation to the annual summit at sponsorship rate. Additionally, you receive 50% off our monthly interactive forums and free access to our MP3 library, which we invite you to contribute to at your convenience.

    Premium Membership - $150 annually

    For Solo Practitioners. You get a premium listing (plus!) that includes a full page in the directory with the opportunity to describe your offering with pictures, a link to your website, monthly newsletters, and an invitation to the annual summit at a 25% discounted rate. Additionally, you will receive free access to our monthly interactive forums and free access to our MP3 library, which you are welcome to contribute to at your convenience. We invite our Premium Members to host our monthly forums and get the word out about their therapies and modalities, as well as their businesses, as they wish.

    Business, Organizational or Group - $250 annually

    For schools, businesses and organizations, clinics and other groups. You get listed in the directory with the opportunity to describe your offering, a link to your website, and an invitation to the annual conference at sponsorship rate. This membership type includes two accounts and listings. One for your organization and one practitioner account. You will be presented with forms to create both of these.

    Benefactor - $500 or more annually

    By increasing your annual donation to $500 or more, any Sponsor can become a Benefactor. We will list you as a Benefactor in our materials and website. We will offer you free entry to the annual summit! If you would like to be a Benefactor, please sign up for the appropriate account type and we will add you to the Benefactor listing when we confirm your payment of $500 or more annually.
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