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An increasing number of veterinary surgeons practise homeopathy in the UK, many of whom are registered with the Faculty of Homeopathy.
A veterinary surgeon trained in homeopathy will know when it is most effective to use homeopathic medicine, conventional medicine or a combination of both. Homeopathy can be used equally well for minor conditions and for more chronic problems when prolonged treatment may be required.
Veterinary clinical outcomes survey
In October 2010 the Faculty of homeopathy’s data collection study in cats and dogs was published.
In the largest study of its type ever conducted, the clinical outcomes survey has identified a number of clinical conditions in cats and dogs that may be promising targets for future research in veterinary homeopathy. Twenty-one homeopathic veterinary surgeons in the UK recorded data from their patients over a 12-month period and collected information from a total of 400 cats and 1500 dogs.
The most frequently treated feline conditions were dermatitis, renal failure, over-grooming, arthritis and hyperthyroidism. The most commonly recorded canine conditions were dermatitis, arthritis, pyoderma (a bacterial infection of the skin), colitis and fear. By owners’ assessments, a moderate or major improvement was reported overall for 63% of cats and for 68% of dogs1.
Veterinary surgeons who practise homeopathy are registered with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and must retain their professional membership of this body in order to practise. It is illegal to treat animals if you are not a qualified veterinary surgeon.
Finding a homeopathic vet
Pet owners can search for a vet who practises homeopathy in their area by visiting: http://www.britishhomeopathic.org/getting_treatment/homeopathic_vets/
Owners can ask their current vet to refer them to a homeopathic vet, or make an appointment direct.
1. Mathie RT, Baitson ES, Hansen L, Elliot MF, Hoare J. Homeopathic prescribing for chronic conditions in feline and veterinary practice. Homeopathy 2010; 99: 243-248. Download paper.