Tallgrass Certified Animal Acupressurists have spent at least 300 hours of course time and more hours practicing acupressure to achieve their goal of providing acupressure sessions for the benefit of animals. To protect and expand the practice of animal acupressure, they are ethically bound to behave professionally and work within their Scope of Service.
Tallgrass Code of Ethics and Scope of Service
It is incumbent upon each Tallgrass Certified Animal Acupressurists to know the laws set forth by their state of residence. The laws and regulations concerning acupressure and other forms of bodywork for animals vary widely and are constantly changing. We strongly recommend that each Animal Acupressurist consistently refer to their state veterinary board and human massage board. Below is the link to ascertain current state regulations:
We encourage the Tallgrass Certified Animal Acupressurists to work in concert with the veterinarians within their communities. In states where a veterinary referral is required, we recommend that they work directly with local veterinarians. Additionally, to support the Tallgrass Acupressurists, we suggest that they have their clients sign the Consent & Acknowledgement Letter, located in the Practitioner Access section of this website, prior to working with an animal for their legal protection.
We expect that all of the Tallgrass Certified Animal Acupressurists have ongoing education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other forms of complementary animal-related education. To this end, Tallgrass offers post-graduate training courses every year. Tallgrass encourages all graduates to participate and attain professional membership in the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage (www.nbcaam.org) to enhance their professional standing.
If it is brought to the attention of the Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute Administration that a graduate of our training program is not performing services within the Scope of Service or indicating that they are other than an Animal Acupressurists, we will investigate. Once the claim has been thoroughly investigated, and, if verified that this individual is not staying within the bounds of professional ethical conduct and scope of service then they will be issued a warning. If this event occurs a second time concerning the same individual, Tallgrass will revoke their certification from the Institute.
Animal Acupressure has so much to offer to both the people who practice it professionally and the animals receiving that we want to safe-guard it from any detraction from its power and goodness. We know that the Tallgrass curriculum offers a comprehensive educational opportunity for all wanting to become a Certified Animal Acupressurist and abide by its Code of Ethics and Scope of Service.