WSR 03-11-033



[ Filed May 15, 2003, 9:15 a.m. ]

Date of Adoption: February 5, 2003.

Purpose: To implement RCW 18.108.230(5) which created endorsements for small or large animal practitioners.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 246-830-005.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.108.230(5).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 03-01-111 on December 18, 2002.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 1, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

April 8, 2003

Ted Hulbert, Chair

Board of Massage


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 96-22-098, filed 11/6/96, effective 12/7/96)

WAC 246-830-005   Definitions.   For the purpose of administering chapter 18.108 RCW, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) "Massage" is as defined in RCW 18.108.010.

(2) "Massage school" is an institution which has the sole purpose of offering training in massage therapy.

(3) "Massage program" is training in massage therapy offered by an academic institution which also offers training in other areas of study. A program is an established area of study offered on a continuing basis.

(4) "Apprenticeship program" is defined for the purposes of this chapter as training in massage administered by an apprenticeship trainer that satisfies the educational requirements for massage set forth in WAC 246-830-430, 246-830-440, and 246-830-450. This training shall be offered by an apprenticeship trainer to no more than three apprentices at one time and shall be completed within two years.

(5) "Apprenticeship trainer" is defined as a massage practitioner licensed in the state of Washington with not less than five current years of experience in full-time practice.

(6) "Apprentice" is defined as an individual enrolled in an apprenticeship program, and shall be held to the same standards as students in schools or programs.

(7) "Student" ((shall)) means an individual currently enrolled in an approved school, program, or apprenticeship program, who is practicing massage solely for the purposes of education as is incidental to their current course work and who is not receiving compensation for said practice.

(8) "Direct supervision" ((shall)) means a faculty member is on the premises, is quickly and easily available and the client has been examined by the faculty member at such time as acceptable massage practice requires.

(9) "Animal" means any species normally recognized as treatable by veterinary medicine.

(10) "Large animal" means any species commonly recognized as livestock and exotics. Livestock includes horses, cattle, swine and sheep.

(11) "Small animal" means any species commonly recognized as domesticated. Domesticated includes canine, feline and other small animals.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.108.025(1) and 18.108.085 (1)(a). 96-22-098, 246-830-005, filed 11/6/96, effective 12/7/96. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.108.025(1). 95-11-108, 246-830-005, filed 5/23/95, effective 6/23/95.]

WAC 246-830-435   Animal massage training.   (1) For the purpose of animal massage practitioner endorsement as provided in chapter 18.108 RCW, board approval will be given to any training that consists of a minimum of one hundred hours. An hour of training is defined as fifty minutes out of a clock hour of actual instructional time. These one hundred hours must consist of the following:

(a) Twenty-five hours of animal massage technique;

(b) Twenty-five hours of animal kinesiology;

(c) Twenty hours of animal anatomy and physiology;

(d) Four hours of animal first aid which includes knowledge of normal vital signs, identification of emergency or life threatening situations, emergency first-aid application, and legal boundaries of emergency situations; and

(e) Twenty-six hours of proper handling techniques which must include instruction on the ability to control the animal to minimize risk of harm to the animal and the animal massage practitioner.

(2) Any school or training program that is required to be licensed by private vocational education (see chapter 28C.10 RCW or Title 28B RCW), or any other statute, must complete those requirements before the board will consider the training for approval.


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