This document (updated November 2016), has been produced to provide helpful information about the complementary and relaxing therapy of Reiki, explaining it simply and indicating how Reiki may be offered to animals to benefit not only them but their owners, veterinary practices and rescue centres too.

Accepted benefits are detailed as are the veterinary requirements supported and adopted by Reiki practitioners. The views of a veterinary surgeon and nurse who have found Reiki to be a valuable asset to their work are shared as is feedback from very grateful owners of animals who have enjoyed and benefited from one or more sessions.

Finally, recognising the demand from veterinary professionals for scientific evidence, reference is made to the growing support for Reiki in human medicine, backed by a significant number of published studies, Government endorsed National Occupational Standards and the formal agreement for GPs to now refer patients to approved Reiki practitioners.

Download PDF Download full document - UKRF Animal Reiki Guidelines Updated Nov 2016 [PDF, 1.3Mb]

Some Articles on Reiki for Animals:

  • “Personal interaction with a Reiki practitioner decreases noise-induced microvascular damage in an animal model in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):15-22.
  • “Reiki Improves Heart Rate Homeostasis in Laboratory Rats” in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (14(4): 417-422, 2008)

Member Support


The UK Reiki Federation has a "Pioneers" group and this includes members who are working with Reiki for animals.