Scope and Ethics

Animal Acupressure Scope

Tallgrass Animal Acupressurists have a minimum of 250 hours of animal acupressure course time and more hours practicing acupressure to achieve their goal of providing acupressure sessions for the benefit of animals. To protect and expand the practice of animal acupressure, they are ethically bound to behave professionally and work within their Scope of Service.

View: Tallgrass Code of Ethics

It is incumbent upon each Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Student to know the laws set forth by their state, province, or territory of residence. The laws and regulations concerning acupressure and other forms of bodywork for animals vary widely and are constantly changing. We strongly recommend that each Animal Acupressure student consistently refer to their provincial or territorial veterinary board and human massage board.

View : Current Provincial and Territorial Regulations

View:  Current State Regulations

We encourage the Tallgrass Trained Animal Acupressurists to work in concert with the veterinarians within their communities. In states and provinces where a veterinary referral is required, we recommend that they work directly with local veterinarians. Additionally, to support the Tallgrass Acupressurists, we suggest that they have their clients sign the Consent & Acknowledgement Letter, located in the Hands on Manuals as well as in your Graduation package. Consent should be attained prior to working with an animal for legal protection.

We expect that all Tallgrass Animal Acupressurists have ongoing education in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other forms of complementary animal-related education. To this end, Tallgrass offers post-graduate training courses every year. Tallgrass encourages all graduates to participate and attain professional membership in the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage ( to enhance their professional standing scope of animal acupressure.

If it is brought to the attention of the Tallgrass North America that a graduate is not performing services within the Scope of Service or indicating that they are other than an Animal Acupressurists, we will investigate. Once the claim has been thoroughly investigated, and, if verified that this individual is not staying within the bounds of professional ethical conduct and scope of service then they will be issued a warning. If this event occurs a second time concerning the same individual, Tallgrass will remove their completion award. 

Animal Acupressure has so much to offer to both the people who practice it professionally and the animals receiving that we want to safe-guard it from any detraction from its power and goodness. We know that the Tallgrass curriculum offers a comprehensive educational opportunity for all wanting to become Animal Acupressurists and abide by its Code of Ethics and Scope of Service.

As an associate of Tallgrass North America (TNA), I hereby pledge to abide by the TNA Code of Ethics as outlined below. The purpose of these efforts is to ensure that people in every locality shall have the knowledge of the health benefits of animal acupressure and the unhampered right and opportunity to obtaining the services of qualified practitioners performing animal acupressure with unquestionable standing and ability.


Code of Ethics

Client/Caretaker Relationships

  • I will endeavor to serve the best interest of my clients (animal and human) at all times and to provide the highest quality service possible.
  • I will maintain clear and honest communications with my clients and will keep client communications confidential.
  • I will acknowledge the scope of practice of my skills and, when necessary, refer clients to the appropriate qualified health care professional.


  • I will maintain the highest standards of professional conduct, providing services in an ethical and professional manner in relation to my clientele, business associates, health care professionals and the general public.
  • I will refrain from the use of any mind-altering drugs, alcohol, or intoxicants prior to or during professional sessions.
  • I will always dress in a professional manner, proper dress being defined as attire suitable and consistent with accepted business and professional practice.
  • I will respect the integrity of other forms of health care and other medical traditions and seek to develop collaborative relationships to achieve the highest quality of care for individual clients.
  • I will keep accurate records of history and treatment and respect he confidentiality of those records.
  • I will strive for excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and by continued education and training.

Scope of Practice

  • I will provide services within the scope of the TGAA definition of animal acupressure and the parameters of my training. I will not employ techniques for which I have not had adequate training and will represent my education, training, qualifications and abilities honestly.
  • I will not perform manipulations or adjustments of the skeletal structure, diagnose, prescribe or provide any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice chiropractic, osteopathy, physical or other branch of veterinary medicine.
  • I will not apply acupressure techniques in those cases where it may be contraindicated.
  • I will do everything reasonable to assure that the client is being co-managed concurrently with conventional veterinary care.
  • I will insure that the performance of animal acupressure sessions are preceded by completion of the appropriate informed consent.

Advertising Claims

  • I will strive to project a professional image for myself, my business and the profession in general.
  • I will actively participate in educating the public regarding the actual benefits of animal acupressure.
  • I will practice honesty in advertising, promote my services ethically and in good taste, and practice and/or advertise only those techniques for which I have received adequate training and/or certification.
  • I will not make false claims regarding the potential benefits of the techniques rendered. It is unethical to guarantee a cure.
  • I will not misrepresent my credentials, training, experience, or ability, and any advertisements will not contain material claims of superiority that cannot be substantiated.