Reiki for Animals


The practice of Reiki for Animals can be considered as an extension to the practice of Reiki for people.
It is the same Reiki energy but working professionally with animals, especially unknown ones, requires additional knowledge, skills and an understanding of animals.

Animals are naturally more aware of and understanding of energy and many seem to openly welcome and accept this calm energy, regularly pushing affected areas of their body into a practitioner’s hands. Whether for people or animals, Reiki may benefit physical, mental or emotional issues holistically.

We recognise that not all Reiki Practitioners wish to work professionally with animals but if you do, we recommend that you think about Animal Reiki training when we are able to recommend approved courses.

Animal Reiki is becoming increasingly popular and the Reiki Council, including all its member organisations, is planning to recognise Reiki Practitioners for Animals in addition to Reiki Practitioners. This recognition will require completion of the Animal Reiki training process currently under development.


In 2020 the Reiki Council will, through membership and certifications be able to recognise:

  • Reiki Practitioners for Animals
  • Professional Reiki Practitioners for Animals and promote them
  • Professional Reiki Practitioners for Animals teachers and promote them

and in addition:

  • Offer membership for the above Practitioners
  • Approve and publicise level 3 Animal Reiki training courses that meet the Core Curriculum (in development) and relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Please check our Reiki for Animals page regularly for upcoming updates.


Reiki supports conventional veterinary care and is not a replacement for it. A veterinary diagnosis should be obtained prior to Reiki being offered where an undiagnosed illness/ condition is suspected or known to exist.