About HATO

HATO practitioners can assist with all animal health problems using natural therapies. Natural therapists believe the body has the ability to repair itself, even from major illnesses such as cancer, when given the right conditions for healing. Natural therapies may assist in providing what the body needs to restore balance and heal itself. When the body is in balance it does not suffer from allergies, skin conditions, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems or other diseases as these are simply signs of imbalance in the body, whether it is a horse, dog, cat or other species of animal.

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Membership

Membership is open to all natural animal therapists world-wide who meet the requirements for practitioner membership. Please refer below for further information. 

 

7 Good Reasons Why You Should Join The Holistic Animal Therapy Organisation

  1. Be Part of a Growing Field of Holistic Animal Therapists and Network With Others in the Industry.
  2. Excellent Advertising Opportunities Including Website Advertising in the Practitioner Directory At No Extra Charge. 
  3. Ability To Increase Client Base Through our Referral System.
  4. Members Have Access to Discounted Professional Insurance Through Our Preferred Insurance Broker Which Offers Members Excellent Insurance Coverage With The World's Largest Insurance Provider.
  5. Discounts to Attend Affiliated Courses, Seminars & Workshops.
  6. No Continuing Education Points (CPE) Required.
  7. Use of the HATO logo on all Advertising Material & On Your Website to Display Your Accreditation with the Premier Natural Animal Health Organisation.

 

HATO practitioner membership is open to any natural animal health therapist world-wide that meets the HATO membership criteria. This includes animal massage therapists, animal nutritionists, holistic animal health practitioners, animal naturopaths, animal herbalists, animal homeopaths, holistic veterinarians, animal communicators, animal behaviour therapists, Bowen animal therapists and other qualified professionals in the holistic animal field. 

Please refer below for further information on practitioner membership criteria. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: HATO provides a directory and referral service to put pet carers in touch with HATO practitioner members. Please be aware that HATO does not specifically endorse any practitioner and you must choose carefully. HATO is not responsible for any loss, damage or injury caused, or alleged to be caused, by any of HATO’s current or past members.  

 

PRACTITIONER MEMBERSHIP

Practitioners who are qualified in the field of natural animal health to the minimum requirement of the HATO practitioner membership standards.

Practitioner membership entitles you to the following benefits:

* Access to discounted professional indemnity insurance.

* Free listing on the online practitioner directory so the public can find you easily when they are seeking an accredited practitioner.

* HATO membership certificate to display in your office.

* The use of the HATO name and logo on your website & stationery.

* Receive copies of the HATO e-newsletter.

* Updates on industry related information as well as seminars and workshops around Australia.

$140.00 for a full year membership (1st July to 30th June) plus a once only $95.00 joining fee. NB: If joining between January to June, initial membership is reduced to $90.00 plus $95.00 joining fee. 

Note: HATO reserves the right to refuse or reject any application for membership at its discretion without reason or explanation. 

 

* JOIN WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF GRADUATING AND YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MEMBERSHIP WILL BE HALF-PRICE IF YOU QUOTE THIS SPECIAL OFFER WHEN APPLYING.

  

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP

Student membership is open to people who are currently enrolled in a course in the natural animal health field. This includes animal nutrition, holistic animal health, herbal animal medicine, animal naturopathy, animal homeopathy, traditional chinese animal medicine, canine massage, equine massage and any other course in the holistic animal health field. Student membership entitles you to receive the HATO online newsletter and updates on industry related information and seminars and workshops on natural animal health being offered around Australia. Student members will also benefit from a simplified process to upgrade to practitioner status on successful completion of their course* Please note that HATO student members are not practitioners and must not work with animals unless they are appropriately qualified. 

$60.00 for a full year membership (1st July to 30th June).

* Upgrading to HATO practitioner status is dependent on the eligibility to become a HATO practitioner member. Please see this website for membership requirements.

 

FRIENDS OF HATO

Companies, businesses, institutions or individuals who are interested in natural animal health and would like to support this growing field. Being a 'Friend of HATO' entitles you to receive copies of the HATO e-newsletter but does not entitle you to use the HATO name or logo in any way or imply that you are a HATO member.

$40.00 annually.  

 

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

Companies, businesses, institutions or individuals who are interested in supporting and advancing the field of natural animal health in Australia. Corporate sponsorship entitles you to recognition of corporate sponsor status in the HATO e-newsletter including a 1/2 page ad and complementary advertising on the HATO website. Corporate sponsorship also entitles you to use the HATO name and logo in marketing materials to declare your support, providing the use in no way implies practitioner membership of the organisation or HATO accreditation of your products or services. Please note that corporate sponsorship is subject to approval by the HATO board.

$500.00 for a full year sponsorship (1st July to 30th June).  

 

Membership Requirements


Practitioner Membership in Tactile Therapies (Animal Massage Therapies)

Holistic animal therapists who hold a professional qualification in one of the approved tactile therapy courses for animals such as animal massage, Bowen animal therapy, Equine Touch, Canine Touch, or other tactile animal therapy. Practitioners are required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of study.

 

Practitioner Membership in Animal Nutrition

Practitioners who hold a professional qualification in animal nutrition. The course must comprise a minimum of 200 hours of study and involve a comprehensive education in natural animal nutrition.

 

Practitioner Membership in Holistic Animal Health

  • Practitioners who hold a professional Diploma qualification or above in holistic animal health care. 
  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a university degree in animal science, veterinary science, Zoology or other animal-related degree and hold an approved qualification in natural animal health may also be approved for practitioner membership in holistic animal health.
  • Health care professionals (e.g. Naturopaths, Doctors, Herbalists, etc.) who also hold an approved qualification in holistic animal health such as a Diploma in Holistic Animal Health. 
  • Veterinary technicians or Veterinary nurses who also hold an approved qualification in holistic animal health such as a Diploma in Holistic Animal Health. 

 

Practitioner Membership in Animal Herbal Medicine

  • Practitioners who hold a professional Diploma qualification or above in animal herbal medicine. Diplomas in animal herbal medicine must comprise a minimum of 3 years study.
  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a university degree in animal science, veterinary science, Zoology or other animal-related degree and hold an approved qualification in animal herbal medicine may also be approved for practitioner membership in animal herbal medicine.
  • Health care professionals (e.g. Naturopaths, Doctors, Herbalists, etc.) who also hold an approved qualification in animal herbal medicine.
  • Veterinary technicians or Veterinary nurses who also hold an approved qualification in animal herbal medicine.


Practitioner Membership in Animal Naturopathy

  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a professional Diploma qualification or above in animal naturopathy (e.g. Equine naturopathy, small animal naturopathy, etc). Diplomas in animal naturopathy must comprise a minimum of 3 years study.
  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a university degree in animal science, veterinary science, Zoology or other animal-related degree and hold an approved qualification in holistic animal health such as a Diploma in Holistic Animal Health.  
  • Health care professionals (e.g. Naturopaths, Doctors, Herbalists, etc.) who also hold an approved qualification in holistic animal health such as a Diploma in Holistic Animal Health. 


Practitioner Membership in Animal Homoeopathy

  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a professional Diploma qualification or above in animal homoeopathy. Diplomas in animal homoeopathy must comprise a minimum of 3 years study.
  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a university degree in animal science, Veterinary science, Zoology or other animal-related degree and hold an approved qualification in animal homoeopathy.
  • Health care professionals (e.g. Naturopaths, Doctors, etc.) who also hold an approved qualification in animal homoeopathy.
  • Veterinary technicians or Veterinary nurses who also hold an approved qualification in animal homeopathy.

 

Practitioner Membership in Traditional Chinese Animal Medicine

  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a professional Diploma qualification or above in Traditional Chinese animal medicine or acupuncture. 
  • Holistic animal therapists who hold a university degree in animal science, Veterinary science, Zoology or other animal-related degree and hold an approved qualification in Traditional Chinese animal medicine
  • Health care professionals (e.g. Naturopaths, Doctors, Herbalists, etc.) who also hold an approved qualification in Traditional Chinese animal medicine.
  • Veterinary technicians or Veterinary nurses who also hold an approved qualification in Traditional Chinese animal medicine.

 

Practitioner Membership in other Natural Animal Therapy Courses 

Holistic animal therapists who hold a certificate or diploma qualification in a natural animal therapy modality. This includes modalities such as Reiki, Animal communication, Holistic Animal Behaviour Training, Flower Essences, Tissue salts, Kinesiology and other such fields of natural animal health care.

* Please refer to Modality list for Approved Therapies

 

 

Upgrading Qualifications

HATO members wishing to add qualifications in addition to those already accredited will need to send certified copies of the additional certificates or diplomas along with a completed membership application form (including full course outline, subject description and hours completed) to the HATO office. There is no charge for the assessment or inclusion of additional qualifications.   

 

HATO Course Accreditation Policy


HATO offers accreditation to schools and colleges that provide training for animal practitioners in the modalities recognised for membership. HATO also offers accreditation to other natural animal health modalities, if they meet the approved criteria.

Course accreditation is granted based on the content and length of the course, the modality taught and the qualifications of the instructors delivering the subjects.

Courses must meet the following criteria:

Lecturers must hold a diploma or above in the modalities being taught plus have significant experience in the areas they teach.

Specific Course Requirements:

  1. Diploma in Naturopathy: Animal based naturopathy courses must contain significant theoretical and practical instruction including herbal medicine, nutrition, general animal care, safe practices and the legalities of professional practice. Diplomas in animal naturopathy must comprise a minimum of 3 years study.
  2. Diploma in Homoeopathy: Animal based homoeopathy courses must provide the student with significant instruction in the use of homoeopathy for animal care in both acute and chronic conditions as well as general animal care, safe practices and the legalities of professional practice. Diplomas in animal homoeopathy must comprise a minimum of 3 years study.
  3. Certificates and Diplomas in the Tactile Therapies: Tactile therapy courses such as massage, myofunctional therapy, Bowen therapy and other such methods, must contain specific instruction in the use of the therapy for both acute and chronic conditions and rehabilitation where required. The course must incorporate training in safe practices, legalities of professional practice and must comprise a minimum of 100 hours of training in the core subject.
  4. All other courses will be assessed on application.

 

Please note: The practice of animal nutrition, holistic animal health, animal naturopathy or other non-veterinary form of animal therapy is not intended to replace veterinary care. HATO members that are licensed veterinarians can practice approved acts of veterinary science as appropriate within their jurisdiction. Please consult a veterinarian if you require a diagnosis or veterinary treatment.