Saturday, February 18, 2017

Absurd State Licensing Rules Could Send A Woman To Jail Just for Touching a Horse

Of course. State board says she has to go to veterinary school to learn something she already knows and the schools don't teach.

 Eric Boehm

If Laurie Wheeler puts her hands on a horse, she could go to jail.   Not because she would hurt the animal—she'd never think of doing such a thing—but because of an anonymous complaint submitted to the state's licensing board that governs veterinary medicine.

Wheeler has been studying horse massage since 2010, when she adopted an abandoned horse suffering from a potentially life-threatening neurological condition known as equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. Her horse, Jazz, was treated with a mix of medication and massage therapy, and Wheeler became interested in the practice. Since then, she's twice been certified in equine massage by an Indiana-based animal therapy school, and, in 2016, successfully obtained a license from the state of Tennessee, where she lives, to practice massage therapy on humans.
She planned to expand her hobby into a professional career working with both equines and equestrians.  Before she could, though, the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners got involved......To Read More.....

My Take - Please read through this because this is the kind of thing that happens when people who are in charge but clueless....and I include the state's legislators.  The question I asked as I read this is this:  Are these people making up all these rules and caveats to fine people and revoke licenses as they go along or are they acting on law and regulations passed by the state legislature? 

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