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 / Alternative Medicine
The British Small Animal Veterinary Association BSAVA recognises that owners may seek alternative and complementary therapies for their animals for a wide range of reasons, however in the interests of animal welfare:. The BSAVA recommends that owners consider the evidence for a particular treatment and the qualifications and experience of the practitioner before embarking on any complementary or alternative therapy for their pet. The BSAVA strongly recommends that treatment of animals is only undertaken after appropriate assessment and diagnosis by a veterinary surgeon. The BSAVA strongly recommends that whenever possible treatment decisions are based on sound scientific evidence to support the safety and efficacy of the therapy. The diagnosis of diseases in and injuries to animals including tests performed on animals for diagnostic purposes , as well as giving advice based upon such diagnosis, and the medical or surgical treatment of animals, are considered to be acts of "veterinary surgery" as defined by Section 19 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act Subject to a small number of exceptions diagnosis and treatment of animals may only be carried out by registered members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons RCVS.
The CVMA recommends that complementary or alternative veterinary medicine CAVM be subject to the same level of evidence-based rigour as conventional veterinary medicine.
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