New Legislative Bill Removes Restrictions On Providing Horse Massages

COLUMBUS – A new bill passed by the Nebraska Legislature in the spring has removed previous job licensing requirements for providing massage services for animals such as horses, cats, and dogs.

The passing of LB596 allowed Columbus resident Dawn Hatcher to start Peak Performance Equine Bodywork, offering equine massages for area horses. The law was introduced by Senator Mike Groene from North Platte, and officially signed in by Governor Pete Ricketts at a ceremony in April.

The bill removed a precious requirement, stating that equine massage practitioners needed to either operate under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, be a licensed veterinarian, or learn licensing as a human massage therapist, as well as an animal therapy license. The Platte Institute says that no one in Nebraska had completed the costly and time consuming licensing process for animal massage since it was created.

Learn more about Peak Performance, and Dawn’s story in the video above.

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