State Threatens Jail Time for Horse Massages

Martha Stowe
Martha Stowe

Franklin, TN – The Tennessee Veterinarian Board sent letters to two Franklin area animal massage therapists, threatening jail time.  The Veterinarian Board threatened the two therapists with Class B misdemeanors, which levies 6 months in jail along with fines.  Laurie Wheeler and Martha Stowe each received letters from the Board.

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Stowe and Wheeler are both trained in Myofascial Release, a type of massage that uses pressure to release tension, lower pain and increase movement in horses.  Both women were sent Cease and Desist letters from the board, ending their careers as therapists.  Complicating the matter, veterinarians will not perform massages on horses, and neither veterinarian school in the state are required to teach equine massage.

“If you were to sit on your couch with your dog or your cat for more than seven minutes, then technically you are massaging your animal and you need to be a veterinarian to do that,” Stowe said.

Martha Stowe
Martha Stowe

The Beacon Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisen group dedicated to improving the lives of Tennessean, have taken on Wheeler and Stowe’s case, and have given the Board 2 weeks to repeal their decision before filing a lawsuit.  They released the following video explaining the case in depth.

 

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