'The RCVS’ position statement on homeopathy and other complementary therapies has set a “dangerous precedent” that limits the clinical freedom the veterinary profession has always enjoyed, it has been claimed.'
Recently published in the Vet Times, David Woodmansey shares his, and others' concerns that the RCVS failed to consult with homeopathic stakeholders before releasing their recent statement on homeopathy.
The Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) issued a statement on the 2nd November 2017 effectively threatening legal action under the Animal Welfare Act if a vet, and potentially the owner, use homeopathy or other complementary medicines before using conventional pharmaceuticals.
Suspicious?? You should be. The intentions of the Council of the RCVS are clear. After Brexit complementary medicines won't be protected by EU law and the corporate pharmaceutical industry could reign supreme.
Amazingly the RCVS Council made this statement without consulting any homeopathic vets, academics or researchers. Instead the council were influenced by a group of sceptics, non of whom have ever studied, qualified in and practiced homeopathy. There is poor evidence for much of conventional veterinary practice and procedures. However the basis of this RCVS council statement is that homeopathy does not have a recognised body of evidence. This is totally incorrect.
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