Alert - FEI Rule on Permitted Equine Therapists (PET) Will be Effective July 1, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018
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Updated info - April 7, 2018

As of July 1, 2018 all Equine Therapists wishing to practice restricted equine therapies at FEI Events will be required to be registered with the FEI as a Permitted Equine Therapist (PET). The Application is made to the FEI but requires National Federation approval. Because the U.S. has no nationally approved Equine Therapist qualification, the US Equestrian Federation has created an application process that runs parallel to the FEI’s. It is essential that Applicants complete both Stages of the process:

1. Stage 1 – Complete the FEI Application:

2. Stage 2. – Complete the USEF National Federation Application (attached) and send to Diana Tartal at It is essential that applicants fill the form out completely and if the applicant has supported a U.S. Team the date and details should be included. Please ensure a Delivery and Read receipt is requested when submitting the application.

Non U.S. citizens that are not domiciled in the U.S. should apply through their own National Federation.

Beginning in July this year, ONLY a registered PET Permitted Equine Therapists with an FEI ID card may administer restricted supportive therapies to FEI horses/ponies at FEI events. PETs must be registered for each specific type of therapy they are administering.

Please read below on how to apply for a PET registration. (*currently this is still subject to additional processes to be determined by the Federation)

Read more about Permitted Equine Therapists & their role in Chapter XIV of the 2018 FEI Veterinary Regulations (found on pg. 83 – Articles 1126 & 1127).

Read more about Supportive therapies (both non-restricted and restricted) in Chapter VI of the 2018 FEI Veterinary Regulations (found on pg. 50 – Articles 1064 & 1065).

PET applicants must complete the online application themselves and describe their experience / training for the specific therapies they wish to administer.

More information from FEI Treating Vets

We are reaching out to notify you that the FEI opened its Permitted Equine Therapist (PET) registration portal on April 3, 2018. We are passing along the following information on the PET application and approval process. This is important information for equine therapists that wish to or currently work in FEI secure stabling. It would be a big help, if you can pass this information along to those who may be interested in applying. As a reminder, they must be a USEF member to apply. Please let us know if you have any questions.

FEI Opens Permitted Equine Therapist Application Process

Lexington, Ky. – US Equestrian (USEF) is aware that the FEI officially opened the Permitted Equine Therapist (PET) application process on April 3, 2018. The FEI approved the PET category in 2018, which permits FEI approved and licensed equine therapists to administer only those restricted therapies in which they have been trained, according to the FEI Veterinary Regulations 2018, Chapter VI.

Those equine therapists interested in applying as a PET, must submit an application through the FEI’s PET registration system. Following approval from the FEI, USEF will review and officially authorize applications. By no later than Wednesday, April 11, USEF will release background information required to receive USEF approval. This information may be more than what is required by the FEI. Until USEF finalizes its application requirements, USEF will not accept or approve PET applications.

Starting on July 1, 2018, equine therapists must be an officially recognized FEI PET to receive access to FEI secure stabling. Pursuant with FEI rules, equine therapists who have submitted a PET application and are awaiting FEI approval may carry out restricted therapies at FEI events under the following conditions. Therapists must:

  • Identify themselves to the Veterinary Delegate of the event before entering the stables area
  • Inform the Veterinary Delegate of the horses needing treatment and the name of the Permitted Treating Veterinarian at the event with whom you are working
  • Ensure therapies are undertaken in areas agreed by the Veterinary Delegate
  • Seek specific approval from the Veterinary Delegate to carry out therapies not listed by Article 1065 in the FEI Veterinary Regulations.