Complementary and alternative veterinary medicine
Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice by Allen M. SchoenThis book provides readers with an introduction to unconventional modes of therapy, including practitioners perspectives on specific therapies. It is divided into 9 sections: history, and underlying principles of alternative medicine, nutrition, physical medicine, energetic medicine, botanical medicine, homeopathy, miscellaneous therapies, integration into veterinary practice, and complementary and alternative perspectives. Some of the many topics covered are nutritional therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy, kinesiology, laser therapy, magnetic field therapy, bioenergetic medicine, herbal therapy, ayurvedic medicine, and homeopathy. The appendixes include resources, including suppliers, web sites, recommended texts and periodicals, organizations, databases, and diagnostic software.
Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine: Principles and Practice
The Australian Veterinary Association AVA recommends that veterinarians make informed and judicious decisions regarding the use of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine CAVM modalities. Ideally, veterinary medicine is effective, safe, proven and holistic in terms of the consideration of all aspects of the animal patient in the context of its environment and individual circumstances. Practices and philosophies that are ineffective or unsafe should be discarded. Treatment programs are developed within the client—veterinarian—patient relationship with informed consent, which is recorded in the patient notes. Claims for safety and efficacy ultimately should be proven by the scientific method and evidence-based principles. Circumstances commonly require that veterinarians extrapolate information when formulating a course of therapy, but veterinarians should exercise caution in such circumstances.
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Service see both small and large animals, avian and some exotics. Western and Traditional Oriental Medicine may be used for diagnosis and treatment, providing a unique, comprehensive approach to veterinary health care. An example of possible conditions for treatment are included below:. Others times may be available on special request. Consultation services are available upon request for hospitalized patients. Paul, MN Website. Paul, Minnesota Website.
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Veterinary practitioners need to become familiar with CAVM treatments so that they can offer sound guidance and appropriate referrals for clients that are pursuing this pathway for their animals. This overview discussion will include descriptions of several CAVM modalities, and cover questions that surround this relatively new discipline in veterinary medicine, such as:. CAVM approaches include acupuncture, veterinary manual therapy, homeopathy, botanical medicine, massage, flower essence therapy, and more. Several issues surround this topic, and state practice acts can vary on who is eligible to provide CAVM treatments to animals. What training opportunities exist for individuals who are interested in providing CAVM techniques to animals? Veterinarians have a wide range of educational opportunities that will be discussed.
The CVMA recommends that complementary or alternative veterinary medicine CAVM be subject to the same level of evidence-based rigour as conventional veterinary medicine. Veterinarians need to have access to scientifically valid information on CAVM therapies and modalities so they can be critically evaluated. This ensures that veterinarians can effectively advise their clients on the use of CAVM and how it may integrate with conventional diagnostic and therapeutic options. Finally, the CVMA holds that veterinarians must ensure they have the requisite skills and knowledge for any therapy or modality they may consider using note Background 4. Gold Level. Silver Level.