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Old 11th May 2005, 06:00 AM   #1
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Ducks are protected from quacks but what about....

HUMANS?

(The following is from a commentary by Peter Bowditch which can be found here)

A quote from the media release from the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation:

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In its meeting on April 16-17, 2005 the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS), an organisation which oversees veterinary specialisation in Europe, has unanimously agreed on incorporating the following statements in its Policies and Procedures regarding supplementary, complementary and alternative medicine.

The veterinary profession received the prerogative for diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases based on the assumption that veterinarians are guided by scientific methods. The EBVS therefore only recognises scientific, evidence-based veterinary medicine which complies with animal welfare legislation. Specialists or colleges who practice or support implausible treatment modalities with no proof of effectiveness run the risk of withdrawal of their specialist status. No credit points can be granted for education or training in these so-called supplementary, complementary and alternative treatment modalities.

Failure of a college to comply with any of the Policies and Procedures of the EBVS may lead to the withdrawal of provisional or full recognition. I would appreciate it if you could inform the members of your organisation regarding this matter.
So now ducks are protected from quacks but what about.....humans?
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Old 11th May 2005, 06:18 AM   #2
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This is most certainly extremely welcome. It's just a start though, as homoeopathy, acupuncture and even psychic medicine and crystal healing are still espoused by a small but vocal group of veterinary surgeons.

I loved the way the press release referred several times to "supplementary, complementary and alternative medicine" with a completely straight face, without actually pointing out what the acronym for that is! (Actually, when it comes to animals, it's really "SCAVM", but that's not nearly so much fun.)

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Old 11th May 2005, 07:29 AM   #3
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Oh how I wish something like this would be adopted by the American Veterinary associations! We seem to be having huge growth in the number of holistic "vets," animal accupunturists, chiropractors, and other associated wierd treatments over here. It really dismays me that most of my friends in the dog world believe in many of these treatments.
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