RCVS ‘misinformed’ say homeopath vets

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The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) has described as “misinformed” a call for vets to avoid using complementary and alternative medicines to treat animals.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) issued a statement urging vets to avoid treatments “not underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles”.

It appears to imply that owners visiting a vet must use pharmaceutical drugs, such as steroids, before considering alternatives and that any vet who prescribes an alternative treatment could be prosecuted on animal welfare grounds.

The statement, which the RCVS says is a response to questions it has been asked about complementary and alternative treatments and homeopathy specifically, also says vets should avoid making “unproven” claims about any treatments.

It adds: “In order to protect animal welfare, we regard such treatments as being complementary rather than alternative to treatments for which there is a recognised evidence base or which are based in sound scientific principles.”

One fear is that the statement may be the first step in the RCVS lobbying for a total ban on the use of complementary therapies of any kind by vets.

The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) said it was deeply disappointed that the RCVS had gone “beyond its remit” with the statement and that it had failed  to consult with stakeholders involved in complementary and alternative medicine.

“It is just not acceptable for the mainstream body of vets to claim the moral high ground when the evidence base for much of Veterinary Science is poor at best,” the BAHVS added.

The Society of Homeopaths is calling on members to sign a petition opposing the council’s decision which has been started by a member of the public. Since the RCVS decision was announced on November 3, more than 8,000 people have signed.

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The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) has described as “misinformed” a call for vets to avoid using complementary and alternative medicines to treat animals.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) issued a statement urging vets to avoid treatments “not underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles”.

It appears to imply that owners visiting a vet must use pharmaceutical drugs, such as steroids, before considering alternatives and that any vet who prescribes an alternative treatment could be prosecuted on animal welfare grounds.

The statement, which the RCVS says is a response to questions it has been asked about complementary and alternative treatments and homeopathy specifically, also says vets should avoid making “unproven” claims about any treatments.

It adds: “In order to protect animal welfare, we regard such treatments as being complementary rather than alternative to treatments for which there is a recognised evidence base or which are based in sound scientific principles.”

One fear is that the statement may be the first step in the RCVS lobbying for a total ban on the use of complementary therapies of any kind by vets.

The British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) said it was deeply disappointed that the RCVS had gone “beyond its remit” with the statement and that it had failed  to consult with stakeholders involved in complementary and alternative medicine.

“It is just not acceptable for the mainstream body of vets to claim the moral high ground when the evidence base for much of Veterinary Science is poor at best,” the BAHVS added.

The Society of Homeopaths is calling on members to sign a petition opposing the council’s decision which has been started by a member of the public. Since the RCVS decision was announced on November 3, more than 8,000 people have signed.

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