As Equine PEMF Technologies have proliferated during the past 10 years issues, considerations around State Regulation of non-licensed Equine Technicians have garnered significant attention. Until the Equine industry addresses this issue head on, Magnus Magnetica recommends that non-medically licensed people in the animal world make careful consideration when using the name “Practitioner”, “Therapist” or "Certified" for a number of crucial reasons:
Every State is regulated by their own Veterinarian Boards and all treatments of animals are administered by a State Board Licensed Practitioner (in respective State), and Monitoring, compliance, enforcement and re-licensing of State Licensed Practitioners will also vary on a state by state basis.
If a PEMF Equine Technician is not licensed by the State they operate their PEMF device in, yet market themselves as a “Practitioner or Therapist” or as “Certified”, these monikers, particularly “Certified” and the various claims made by the Practitioner may mislead the public by projecting the appearance that their treatment activities are sanctioned by that specific State Regulatory Agency, when in fact they are not. A number of State Regulatory Agencies currently penalize "Certified" Practitioners, because their unregulated "Certification" clearly infers a claim that they operate under an umbrella of State Regulatory control when, in fact, they do not.
Currently, no State Vet Board will sanction, monitor nor regulate non-medically licensed PEMF Equine Technicians, nor any non-licensed Equine Therapist. A Practitioner/Therapist is an individual that is licensed to diagnose, prescribe and treat within the allowable scope of practice by the related state medical board.
Still interested in the idea of being “Certified”? When you call a company that provides “Certification” consider the following:
Are you able to receive Certification before you have done any treatments on a horse, human or other animal?
Request specific information about exactly what specific steps are required prior to obtaining a “Certification” from the “CO” (Certifying Organization)
What does “Certification” exactly mean by the CO offering it? This definition should be easily obtainable, quickly shared and should make sense.
What specific body of knowledge is required by the CO and how is the applicant tested and re-tested over the course of the next two years for their knowledge...and how often? You must obtain hard copy evidence to support a CO's claim.
What are the various methods employed by the CO to deliver educational information and content to the applicant on an on-going basis?
How is actual administration of PEMF technology on a horse demonstrated by the CO?
Who are the actual individuals which determine a Pass/Fail (that will actually “Test” you) and more importantly, what are their credentials?
What is the process by which the CO actually tests the applicant for their knowledge, understanding, and application of PEMF technology on a horse and for an on-going basis?
What actually constitutes a Pass or a Fail? And what % of applicants actually Pass? If all you need to do is buy a device, more than likely you will “pass” any test, because failure means you should not be using their PEMF Device, the purchase you just made, right? Where is the value of the Certification?
IMPORTANT: Does the CO specifically prohibit their non-licensed “Certified” Practitioners from making medical, claims, diagnosing and prescribing PEMF treatments? If so, does the CO have such requirements posted on their website and require the same of its “Certified” Practitioners on their website or marketing materials? If so, specifically request that the CO send a copy a link to the page on their website (and those of their Certified Practitioners) as evidence. If the CO’s marketing material announce, for example “detects soreness”, a medical claim is being made because detecting anything is fundamentally a diagnosis.
How the CO does actually monitored its “Certified” Practitioners for proper compliance with the CO's treatment protocols and standards? This is the true litmus test that further validates the authenticity of any Certifying Body.
How and when does the CO enforce use of such protocols and standards in order for is Practitioner to remain “Certified?
Has the CO obtained any regulatory approvals from any of the 50 separate Vet Boards in the USA? If so, which ones? Will the CO provide evidence of such approvals?
As well, ask if the "Certified" Practitioners of the CO are allowed to treat at FEI Sanctioned events. FEI now has regulation, which is called a “Permitted Therapists”.
Before agreeing to become “Certified” we highly recommend that you perform some research to discover if any standardized/enforced PEMF treatment methodologies are employed across all Practitioners who are “Certified” (by the Certifying Organization). Consider that if the CO's specific treatment standards and protocols existed among the “Certified” Practitioners, then there should be explicit uniformity when treatments are administered from all "Certified" Practitioners.
For all the above reasons, Magnus Magnetica has made a conscious, well informed and deliberate decision to avoid “Certification” of its Technicians at this point in time. Rather, we have chosen a path to provide the most up to date information, research and proven protocols to our constituent Technicians through our educational channels, network of Licensed Vets and personalized training.
When potential Technicians inquire about EquiPulse PEMF Training their backgrounds can include a wide variety of backgrounds within their respective disciplines and personal or professional experience. Rather than require a standard certification or training template for the new EquiPulse Technician, Magnus Magnetica formats and provides training based upon the actual needs of the Technicians. Those candidates who have little or no medical background (whether human or animal) will require far more support, education and hands on training than an experienced and licensed Equine Vet, Registered Vet Technician, Trainer or individual who has been working with horses for years and is familiar with a variety of therapeutic modalities.
Magnus Magnetica has over a decade worth of implementing the EquiPulse in our country's top Equine Therapeutic Centers, Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals, coupled with some of the most highly regarded Equine Sports Therapists in the USA. This provides the new Technicians with all the necessary resources required to develop an effective understanding of best practices and effective treatment protocols, which are based upon their individual training needs.