You’ve got a being that nature intended
to be a lawnmower. We’re asking it to be an athlete. Down here, this is extremely good for the,
adding circulation to the hoof growth and it’s also an endorphin point. This is Jax. He is about a nine-year-old off the track
thoroughbred who is currently training for three-day eventing. I got into animal massage probably twelve
years ago, thirteen years ago. In many respects, it’s very, not only very
cost-effective, it gives the rider a better horse to go out and compete with. It’s happier. Late in the summer of, I think, 2012, I received a letter from the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Board. About two months later, I received a cease-and-desist letter. Kelly needs to be a licensed vet to charge
a fee for her craft, so they gave her two options: either stop practicing massage or
do it for free. Becoming a licensed veterinarian is a burdensome
process, it’s like becoming a doctor, and you do not need to do it in order to massage
horses, and, in fact, there are private certification classes which these women had taken that helped
them learn how to do it correctly. The boards in Arizona are primarily set up
as, sort of, independent from everyone else. They are established by the legislature
and given powers by the legislature and they’re nominally executive boards. The industry writes the language in the legislation
to create the regulatory board and how it’s structured and what is defined as their profession. Naturally, I went to the vet board’s website
and found the statute in question, which was so broad and so vague and so amorphous, that,
if you took it literally, almost anything that someone did with a horse could almost
be construed as the practice of veterinary medicine. You go home and pet your neighbors’ cat
and charge them five dollars to do it, you could fall under the veterinary laws in Arizona. So, that made them believe they had the authority
to step in and tell a massage therapist to cease and desist their practice. We all operated under the supposition that
they did have jurisdiction. I couldn’t go to horse shows like I used
to and advertise my presence. Most people, when they learn of the requirements
to be able to get a license to be able to start a business, would be absolutely amazed. This is sometimes years and years of bureaucratic
red tape. And, I understand having licensing for things
that consumers may not be able to judge, right? Like, so you want your pilot, probably, to
be licensed, or your surgeon, right? In the 50s, less than five percent of
the U.S. workforce needed a license and today it’s between 25 and 30 percent. You need to have a license to blow dry somebody’s hair. You need to have a license to taxidermy animals,
to repair somebody’s door, to translate sign language, and to be a coach. There’s acupuncturists, massage therapists,
barbers, cosmetologists, animal cremationists, naturopathic providers. There have been a number of efforts, in
Arizona recently, to reform a number of these issues. So, we will hear 2613 next. I will no longer be able to go to California,
Colorado, or any of the other Western states and compete for business in those states. Loss of licensure would put our state, our
landscape architects, and our universities at a severe competitive disadvantage. You would also jeopardize the health,
safety, and welfare of the general public. My clients are busy, they’re doing their
work. They want to make sure that when they hire a professional to do their landscape
architecture, they’re hiring a licensed professional. It was eye-opening to me to see how many opponents
of licensing reform there were out there. If it didn’t affect public health or public
safety, we wanted to make it as wide open for people to come into some of these industries
as possible. Economists like Morris Kleiner and Alan Krueger
have concluded that occupational licensing imposes costs on the American economy in the
range of about 200 billion dollars a year and it kills about 2.8 million jobs a year. That’s going to lead to higher prices and it’s going to lead to fewer job opportunities for people breaking into that field. It’s really good if you’re one of those
people, but it’s bad for everyone else. After the depositions, it became law that
massage therapy is not the practice of veterinary medicine and the state veterinary board has no jurisdiction over massage, animal massage therapy. Now this clarification, this demarcation;
every other therapist in the state, they are now freer than they were before. You could say that they sent a letter to the
wrong person, which they did. [Laughs]