Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine

By complete coincidence two separate campaigns concerning veterinary homeopathy have been launched in the last few weeks. Both campaigns raise concerns about the ethics of veterinary surgeons using irrational, unscientific and ineffective remedies to treat ill animals or in place of conventional treatments and vaccinations.

The first was organised by Danny Chambers who feels so strongly about the subject he is pressing for a complete ban on UK veterinary surgeons practicing homeopathy. This is the 'change.org' campaign and the petition is open for signatures from anyone who cares to support Danny's aims.

The second campaign, organised by a concerned group of UK Veterinary Surgeons, is the official Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine and calls for the governing body of the UK veterinary profession (the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)) to come off the fence and issue a position statement concerning veterinary homeopathy. It also calls for veterinary homeopaths to require animal owners to sign a consent form before embarking on homeopathic treatment which will inform them exactly what homeopathy is and that it has been proven to be no more effective than placebo.

The CfRVM has a website here and a petition which veterinary surgeons are asked to sign here.

For more information have a look at the press release here.

It is high time the RCVS came into line with the bulk of the profession, the UK's NHS and countless other medical and veterinary bodies around the world and admits that homeopathy is utterly ineffective and no vet should have the right to practice it under the banner of their professional qualifications unless they have obtained fully informed consent beforehand.