Reiki for animals
practitioner criteria

Reiki for Animals Practitioner process

A Reiki Council application process has been created to:

  • Help applicants be fully prepared to conduct Reiki sessions with animals competently in a safe, legal and completely ethical manner
  • Enable Reiki organisations to professionally recognise proficient practitioners
  • Raise standards of RfA training and practice
  • Create a solid platform from which to generate awareness of RfA as a profession in its own right, and optimally publicise professionally recognised practitioners and approved training courses.

This also acts as part 1 of the process if you wish to further your skills and expertise to become recognised as a Professional Practice Reiki Practitioner for Animals with training that meets National Occupational Standards (a level 3 qualification).


  • Traditional Reiki level I and II completed
  • Minimum 9 months practice since Reiki I
  • Reiki (as opposed to RfA) Attunements/Initiations/Reiju must have been received in-person
  • A recognised Reiki lineage
  • RfA equivalent to Practitioner or level II Animal Reiki completed

If applying based on experience, minimum 100 hours offering Reiki to animals (with at least 75% in-person) is required and is to be evidenced

  • RfA training to have included in-person practical sessions for your teacher to teach/ observe/advise on your Reiki with animals
  • A valid insurance certificate (or a letter from your insurance company) must stipulate that you are covered for offering Reiki to people and animals.  Without suitable insurance your professional recognition is not valid. This will need to be submitted with your application. Insurance companies will typically add this additional cover free of charge if you contact them with your request and relevant Animal Reiki details/ certificate.

Application Checklist

If wishing to apply, in addition to meeting the pre-requisites, please check the points below to confirm you are eligible. 

 You will need to:

  1. Have offered Reiki to animals with a selection of issues (physical/mental/emotional).  This is required              
  2. Have written up a minimum of 30 Reiki sessions across at least six different animals, including 3 different species           
  3. Have a copy of your animal client information and consent paperwork for RfA sessions
  4. Be aware of Red Flag symptoms, have a list and know what to do if observed*     
  5. Be aware of notifiable diseases, have a list and know what to do if asked to offer Reiki to an animal with one*
  6. Be familiar and compliant with relevant veterinary and animal welfare legislation*
  7. Be confident in acting in a way to optimise the safety of yourself and others when offering Reiki to animals*                    
  8. Understand basic animal body language for animals you will work with and know how to respond*
  9. Be aware of basic animal anatomy e.g. location of major organs and significant bones*

*If your training did not include all of the above information, don’t worry. Reiki Council have produced a very helpful reference Reiki Council publication, Understanding Animals: A working Guide for Reiki Practitioners. It provides information on the above and more and is a useful document for anyone working with animals.  This will provide you with the knowledge you need, although you then need to put it into practice.

Understanding Animals: A Working Guide for Reiki Practitioners focuses specifically on cats, dogs, horses, donkeys and mules in relation to basic anatomy, physiology and behaviour. It includes information relating to health and safety, animal welfare and UK legislation which is also relevant to a wide range of other species. Developed to support Reiki Practitioners for Animals to meet the criteria of the Reiki Council, it is a valuable reference resource based on key aspects of UK National Occupational Standards. Those teaching Reiki for Animals will find it an ideal book to include in their Reiki for Animals courses. This publication provides helpful information for anyone working with animals.