“We are concerned that the statement released by the RCVS on complementary and alternative medicine (November 2017) could be seen to limit our options in treating the animals in our care. We are fully in agreement with the principles that treatments are underpinned by a recognised evidence base or sound scientific principles but the statement that homeopathy is not supported by such evidence is incorrect. The small band of pioneering vets who have studied both conventional veterinary medicine and other veterinary specialists (under the auspices of the RCVS) offer our animals the best of both worlds. This is to be applauded and in the past has given great credibility to the RCVS.
We therefore cannot believe it was the intent of the RCVS to undermine public confidence that its priorities are to restore ill animals back to full health using all options in the most effective and gentlest way possible. We would therefore ask that the RCVS withdraw this statement with immediate effect and instead look to support the work of all their members who are committed in a highly effective and professional way to restore health to ill animals.
As committed animal carers we would be happy to work with the RCVS in this endeavour and in particular provide our experiences of where and how we have worked with our vets in using both complementary and conventional medicines to help our animals. This will offer the best possible future for the RCVS, your clients, your members and most importantly of all, the animals in our care. ”
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