Faculty of Homeopathy criticises RCVS guidance for vets

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    [post_content] => The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has come under more fire from the homeopathic world for its assertion that homeopathy is not based on "sound scientific principles".

The Faculty of Homeopathy said the College was setting a dangerous precedent by insisting on a “recognised evidence base” for homeopathic treatments – when evidence for many conventional medicines used by vets was itself inconclusive.

The Faculty was also critical of the RCVS’s failure to consult widely with homeopath vets before taking its new position and said the move was especially contradictory, given the rising interest in homeopathy in areas such as livestock farming.

The RCVS’s new stance had serious implications for the whole profession, it added. “It is clear that by adopting this position in relation to homeopathy and other complementary therapies the RCVS is limiting the clinical freedom the veterinary profession has always enjoyed.”

The RCVS statement, published 3 November, urged vets to avoid treatments “not underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles” and also appeared to imply that any vet who prescribed an alternative treatment for a sick animal could be prosecuted on animal welfare grounds.

It was attacked by the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS), who described it as “misinformed”.

A petition opposing the RCVS decision set up by a member of the public has attracted more than 10,500 signatures towards a goal of 11,000.

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of the Society of Homeopaths, said the Society fully supported the campaign against the RCVS statement.

"As with other attacks on homeopathy this is about freedom of choice," he said. "Hundreds of those who look after animals choose to use homeopathy and can see the positive result for themselves but the RCVS has been intimidated by a bunch of zealots into, effectively, taking away the option to use homeopathy."
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The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) has come under more fire from the homeopathic world for its assertion that homeopathy is not based on “sound scientific principles”.

The Faculty of Homeopathy said the College was setting a dangerous precedent by insisting on a “recognised evidence base” for homeopathic treatments – when evidence for many conventional medicines used by vets was itself inconclusive.

The Faculty was also critical of the RCVS’s failure to consult widely with homeopath vets before taking its new position and said the move was especially contradictory, given the rising interest in homeopathy in areas such as livestock farming.

The RCVS’s new stance had serious implications for the whole profession, it added. “It is clear that by adopting this position in relation to homeopathy and other complementary therapies the RCVS is limiting the clinical freedom the veterinary profession has always enjoyed.”

The RCVS statement, published 3 November, urged vets to avoid treatments “not underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles” and also appeared to imply that any vet who prescribed an alternative treatment for a sick animal could be prosecuted on animal welfare grounds.

It was attacked by the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS), who described it as “misinformed”.

A petition opposing the RCVS decision set up by a member of the public has attracted more than 10,500 signatures towards a goal of 11,000.

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of the Society of Homeopaths, said the Society fully supported the campaign against the RCVS statement.

“As with other attacks on homeopathy this is about freedom of choice,” he said. “Hundreds of those who look after animals choose to use homeopathy and can see the positive result for themselves but the RCVS has been intimidated by a bunch of zealots into, effectively, taking away the option to use homeopathy.”

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