Proposed Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments for the House of Delegates 2013 Winter Session

Update 11/30/2012: the AVMA Executive Board has also referred four professional policies to the HOD for action at the Winter Session. Two attachments for Resolution 3-2013 have also been submitted (see below). 

The AVMA House of Delegates Winter Session will be held on January 5, 2013, in conjunction with the Veterinary Leadership Conference in downtown Chicago.

Three resolutions and one bylaws amendment have been proposed. The proposals will be discussed in reference committees, and the final decision on each will be made by the full House of Delegates. Any resolution that is passed will become AVMA policy, and any amendment approved will alter the bylaws of the association.

Resolution 1, submitted by the Maine, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Vermont veterinary medical associations, proposes an amendment to the House of Delegates Manual to remove designated professional category requirements from membership in the House Advisory Committee (HAC), and instead make all HAC positions at-large, with no more than one representative from the same state or allied group on the committee.

Resolution 2, which was submitted by the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, is a proposed revision of the definition of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship.

Resolution 3, submitted by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association, proposes that AVMA have a policy that states homeopathy is an ineffective practice and that its use as a veterinary therapy be discouraged. Two attachments have also been submitted: a white paper titled “The Case Against Homeopathy,” and a document with the current AVMA Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine.

Bylaws Amendment 1, submitted by the AVMA House Advisory Committee, proposes a change to how notification of bylaws amendments will be made to members. Its intention is to expand publication options designed to communicate the intent to amend AVMA bylaws.

AVMA members who would like to provide their input on any or all of the proposed resolutions and amendments should contact their HOD delegates. Your delegates and their contact information can be found by selecting the “My AVMA Leaders” link in the Member Center on the AVMA website. Because the AVMA is a member organization, only AVMA members are allowed to provide direct input to HOD representatives.

As a federation of 68 state, territorial and allied veterinary medical groups, the AVMA is partially governed by the HOD, whose membership helps set association policies. The HOD consists of one delegate and one alternate delegate from each organization represented. The group convenes each summer at the AVMA Annual Convention and each winter at the Veterinary Leadership Conference.

If you’d like to attend the VLC, the deadline for registration is December 21. More information can be found on the Veterinary Leadership Conference pages on our site.

37 thoughts on “Proposed Resolutions and Bylaws Amendments for the House of Delegates 2013 Winter Session

  1. I believe in the case of using homeopathy ANYTHING… it all comes down to one sentence , sorry, repeated from a great philosopher. . ” The Needs Of The Many, Outweigh The Needs Of The One” so statistically you must side with the majority.. And yes , It was Spock..Star Trek…

  2. Homeopathy has been proven effective even as far back as the flu epidemic in the late 1800s when people treated with homeopathy had three times the survival rate as those who were not. Homeopathy is safe. If one were to give the wrong remedy nothing would happen – nothing. No side effects. If the emphasis is on “first do no harm”, prescribing a homeopathic remedy should certainly come before prescribing a pharmaceutical drug with a list of side effects three pages long.

    As a former scientist, having spent nearly 8 years in the biotechnology industry conducting pharmacology and oncology research, I understand your skepticism. Being used to tracking dose-response data, it made no sense to me how something could be more powerful as it became more dilute. But I took the time to research the modality. I learned how it is a form of medicine that works more on the energetic vibration of the electrons in our energy field than it does on the physical receptors of cells, as pharmaceuticals do. Homeopathy is safe and powerful medicine.

    Personally, I have had great results using homepathic remedies prescribed by my homeopathic veterinarian and to eliminate that modality would be, in my mind, a form of animal abuse.

    • Our foundation funds animal welfare and rescue initiatives. We have had direct, personal success
      with saving a horse using homeopathic treatment when allopathic modalities failed. The horse
      was set to be euthanized, but with homeopathy and postural rehabilitation, the horse is now able
      to canter and is rehabilitated.
      OUR FOUNDATION WILL NOT FUND INITIATIVES AND/OR PROGRAMMING THAT PREVENTS
      THE USE OF HOMEOPATHY.
      We have worked to increase the size of the veterinary tool box, not limit it.
      Homeopathy does not work like Western practice drug therapy and cannot, therefore, be evaluated as such.

  3. After reading the white paper submitted against homeopathy, it is clear that the author approaches the topic with a strong bias and a clearly prejudicial slant to the studies selected and quoted. In a number of the studies, the conclusion was that homeopathy was effective. And in each and every one of these cases, the paper’s author provides “comments” to undermine the positive result of the study. What made this person such an expert that they can omnisciently overturn result after result without any evidence or position beyond the attack stance? At first read, I would like to think that such a blatant and personal “rant” would automatically be rejected by a thoughtful voting populace, and it is my hope that members of the voting committee have indeed read the “evidence” against homeopathy but have not been fooled.

    The facts are this:

    Any action which impacts such a large number of practioners, clients and patients should be subject to a much more extensive –and scientific — debate before being put to a vote.

    Any paper so clearly biased, and so lacking any sort of evidence or data-backed position, should be summarily dismissed.

    I would like to think the AVMA voting body will find it a very easy decision to oppose Resolutuon 3, as do I and many of your other client-supporters.

    Sincerely,

    Carmi Weininger
    Oakland, CA

  4. It is paramount that we have all treatments available for pet owners (and humans for that matter) so that we may have a choice of what we want for our animals and ourselves. I prefer what is proven to work for over a thousand years.

  5. In reference to resolution 3, with the consideration of this “white paper,” I believe it safe to say that the AVMA are going down another ill conceived path (as they did with their last stance on raw food diets). Additionally, what appears to be happening here is a slow and deliberate attack at integrative and holistic modalities.
    I have worked with both conventional and integrative vets and the wellbeing of my animals is largely dependent on having holistic modalities to also incorporate into their healing. I have had much more success with homeopathy than conventional methods of heavy pharma. If indeed you heed the recommendation of the Connecticut board and discount the healing methods of homeopathy, I believe you will discredit your organization and this will ultimately lead to lost income as many, like myself, choose other options for our pets health needs.

  6. I was (and am) very upset to read about Resolution 3. As a pet owner, I want to have a choice for the medical treatment my pets receive. Homeopathy is nothing “new” and I believe it should be an option for my animals. If the AVMA does not accept homeopathy as an option then pet owners will look elsewhere. Listen. We do, after all, pay your bills.

    I oppose Resolution 3

    • I have rescued animals for the road hit and left for dead. My vet always says how do you keep them alive to get here. They usually die of shock. I use rescue remedy arnica and aconite in a bottle ready in the glove box. You never know when you are going to need it.
      Homeopathy is gentle kind and needed in everyone’s life.
      Perhaps their next step it to band animals for the house because they are to dirty to sleep on the bed.
      How can they get away with such crazy ideas like this. Time for protest is now.
      I guess we are under the false impression they cared. Oh, yes that’s why they give the vaccines in the same spot so they die early and new pets crank out new moneys from us, though it does not mend the heart for the love one lost when you get a new pet.
      Though I have heard these repeat shots are now being scattered, not that owners were right, just to ease our mind. Right.

      Homeopathy should be the first thing used! This attack on Homeopathy proves it IS effective. We are not talking surgery, simple symptom relief. Ask any mom with a young child who is teething. Homeopathy works.

  7. Ditto: Your (AVMA) decision and attempt to “ban” homeopathy in veterinary care is yet another shocking and disgusting sign the real intent of the AVMA is being led by big pharma and large scale commercial pet food companies (see your protocol on raw feeding). Only this time, you take the “back door” approach in the hopes that the thousands of people who know your position to be ludicrous and an attempt to suppress our right to choice in health care for our pets, from speaking our minds. The so-called white paper used as “evidence” is even more embarrassing than the “evidence” used to deter raw feeding of our pets and if the author was so confident in their opinion, one would also sign their name- the fact it was written “anonymously” speaks volumes and certainly leads one to make their own assumptions about who or what industry is really behind this. The AVMA has zero credibility left in my view and any vets membership in this organization is actually a deterrent to people like me, who want well-rounded, highly educated vets who will do what is necessary to help my pets, in the manner I believe to be the best.

  8. What a crock, how are they consciously going to say that homeopathy does not work? There are enough good Vets that practice both conventional and holistic/homeopathic medicine that will put a stop to this ridiculous amendment or whatever they are calling it. Whoever made this recomendation needs a smack on the back of the head.

    • I caution you that Americans are no longer willing to let the good ole boys who are in bed with the drug companies and the pet food companies control things. Any organization that ignores not only the public but it’ s members will fail. It is a new day and time. Wake up! We are!

  9. Any resolution passed by the AVMA to condemn homeopathy would be a slap in the face to the many thousands of holistic-minded animal owners in the United States. It is hard to believe that a reputable organization would even consider such a resolution based on a flimsy and poorly written authorless paper. Such an action smacks of politics and not true concern for the well-being of animals. Homeopathy has been used successfully for centuries and has a long history of positive results. Surely it deserves more time for evaluation than this!

  10. I urge that Resolution 3 fail to pass based on the following facts:

    The paper it’s based on is anonymous—if an author isn’t willing to put his name to the paper, it shouldn’t even be considered for use in any policy making. Any credible professional should be proud to put his name on his work and failure to do so indicates that s/he is NOT credible on the subject.

    The studies referenced in the whitepaper are cherry picked to support the opinion of the author, even though many, MANY additional studies refuting the paper are available. This is another red flag on it’s credibility.

    There has been no time given to the homeopathic vets so that they can provide counter arguments. Any proposed policy that can not withstand the scrutiny of adversarial discussion, does not deserve to be policy.

    As an owner of several pets who has seen homeopathy work wonders after the conventional methods have failed to address my pets’ issues, I will unconditionally refuse to use vets who willfully refuse to consider homeopathy or any other alternative treatment based on such flimsy ‘evidence’.

    Please consider that the clients you serve want to be able to make up their own minds about what works for their pets and at least allow this resolution to undergo the appropriate investigative procedures before bring it to a vote.

    Thank you,

    Dena Schneider

  11. I was shocked and appalled after hearing and reading about the underhanded way the AVMA is attempting to discourage homeopathic/alternative/holistic veterinary medicine for dogs. Shame on you for trying to ‘back door’ this resolution!!! Shame on you for listening to the bias and misinformation of one author who doesn’t even have the courage to attach their name to their ‘paper’.
    Shame on you for not listening to the thousands of dog owners who successfully raise their pets on healthy raw diets and alternative approaches. I am only one of them! I turned to alternative approaches for my 5 year old GSD who had horrific ‘seasonal’ allergies. The only treatment recommended by my vet was steroidal injections which had to be used increasingly more frequently each season. Through a nutritional consultant and a qualified homeopathic vet, our 7 year GSD has now finally had a full year without steroidal injections using nutrition (including raw diet), supplements and homeopathic remedies. She is healthier, happier, and more energetic as evidenced by us as well as being supported by all of her blood work.
    The AVMA needs to know that they risk losing thousands of clients/patients who will no longer do business with DVMs (myself included) who refuse to consider or open their minds to alternative therapies. All I ask as a pet owner is to have the right/ability to seek out a variety of healing modalities for my pets. The previous vets I have used are the ones losing out on the income because they refused to discuss or consider alternative methods.
    You should be putting out resolutions that SUPPORT complimentary modalities rather than trying to TRASH homeopathic methods. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    • I am very upset that the AVMA would try to trash Homeopathic methods for healing our pets. I have used Homeopathic veterinarians for the past 20 years with my animals and they have had a much healthier drug free longer lives. I am not a person to use drugs myself and I want to be able to make my choices on how I care for my pets. I thought America was the land of the free so please give us the right to chose how we want to care for our pets. I am sure the drug companies have brain washed you also so they can make more money. The only care about the money they can make and aren’t concerned about the health of the animals in the US. LET US MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES. i LOVE MY HOMEOPATHIC VET.

    • I am very upset that the AVMA would try to trash Homeopathic methods for healing our pets. I have used Homeopathic veterinarians for the past 20 years with my animals and they have had a much healthier drug free longer lives. I am not a person to use drugs myself and I want to be able to make my choices on how I care for my pets. I thought America was the land of the free so please give us the right to chose how we want to care for our pets. I am sure the drug companies have brain washed you also so they can make more money. The only care about the money they can make and aren’t concerned about the health of the animals in the US. LET US MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES. i LOVE MY HOMEOPATHIC VET. I am 63 and I don’t take any medications and am very healthy by using my homeopathic methods. DON’T TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS. IF YOU CHOSE TO USE DRUGS DO SO BUT DON’T LIMIT THE PEOPLE THAT DON’T WANT TO. YOU ARE JUST BEING GREEDY AND MONEY HUNGRY BY THE BIG DRUG COMPANIES.

  12. AVMA voting against homeopathic options would be voting themselves out of credibility completely. Big Pharma is NOT who needs to be running the show & more drugs is clearly NOT always the best course of action!
    The pets’ well-being is what is of utmost importance, & the homeopathic/natural approach most certainly has its place in the care of our beloved animals! There is no denying it. Well, unless you are simply uneducated.

  13. The news that the AVMA is considering a vote to discourage the use of homeopathy treatments in pets is surprising and seems quite uneducated.

    Homeopathy has been around for centuries and most definitely has its place as an alternative to Western-style medical treatments in humans and/or pets; Western-style medical treatments is not perfect, never has been, and it ALWAYS seems to have a “trade-off” for whatever results may be obtained. The latter is not often true with homeopathic remedies.

    Homeopathy is tried and true, though less aggressive than Western-style medical treatments.

    An “anti-homeopathy resolution” seems to paint your group into a corner of closed-minded stupidity and takes away an effective tool in health care.

    I oppose any resolution to discourage the use of homeopathic treatments by qualified practitioners.

    Very truly yours,
    Tia Pilates

  14. Let me first express thanks; I am grateful for the opportunity to post my opinion in response to the homeopathic resolution.
    As a research scientist at the University of Florida, I too find it highly irregular to base a decision on one paper. Anonymity has nothing to do with it. The person who wrote it clearly does not have a laboratory research background. The extensive, and repetitive I might add, list of references should generally include articles that support the submitted view of the author. I was curious to see where the authir found such damnable evidence against homeopathy, so I looked up and read every single paper cited. I am sad to say that this paper would not pass the secretary at any major journal publisher. Not one article (with sound methods) had clear evidence against homeopathy and indeed had no viable evidence for it. There are a few reasons why research in homeopathy, for or against, is a difficult proposition, not the least of which is a body of research conducted by “scientists” with very clear bias.

  15. I’m scratching my head as to why AVMA even took a position on homeopathic care, especially since it’s based on one white paper where the author isn’t even brave enough to stand by their work. Does veterinary medicine feel so besieged and threatened by the loss of big veterinary pharma and food monies that they’re going after homeopathics? This resolution, coming on the heels of AVMA’s statement discouraging raw for inane reasons, only makes it more obvious that AVMA doesn’t have vets or pets as a priority. Big veterinary and the money it provides in exchange for AVMA’s resistance to alternate ideas seems to be the operating mentality at AVMA. The sad part is that this resolution impacts veterinary students’ exposure to new ideas and ultimately limits knowledge and pet quality of care. Shame on you AVMA for stifling learning and creating a culture of conformity over curiosity.

  16. For the AVMA House of Delegates: As a surgery intern, practicing veterinarian (and owner of a private diagnostic lab)
    in Minnesota for 15 years, I was skeptical of homeopathy. However, I try to listen to the needs of my clients and patients, and for the last 15 years have incorporated homeopathic medications into practice on companion and food animals. Does not the current AVMA Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Medicine adequately address this issue? “Recommendations for effective and safe care should be based on available scientific knowledge and the medical judgement of the veterinarian.” Why change this? Do you really want to pass a resolution with an anonymous paper that talks about “high level evidence” without defining the term and suggests that scientific truth is decided by majority vote? Have you considered that the German founder of homeopathy was so highly esteemed 50 years after his death that the US Congress put up a statue to him in Washington, DC,? (google Hahnemann Memorial) Did you know a Level One Trauma Center in Philadelphia is named after this man? (Hahnemann Hospital) Are you aware that the highly regarded University of Minnesota medical school was founded partly by homeopathic physicians? Does this sound to you like a treatment modality which does not work, or perhaps one which should continue to challenge our scientific inquiry as to why is it sometimes successful? (I would comment that vaccines and antibiotics are not always successful in my hands, either. And although we do not question the effectiveness of either of those tools, I am unaware of any statues built by a grateful America to Louis Pasteur or Alexander Fleming.) Delegates, I believe you are the colleagues for the job in this matter, and, in case no one has said, “Thank you,” for your time and expense and effort serving our profession, I want to say it now. Thank you. You are doing an important job. Best Regards, Warren Black, DVM (OSU 1982) black.dvm@gmail.com

  17. Anecdotally, my Dachshund responds wonderfully to homeopathy and herbs when required. She also eliminated
    her food sensitivities and allergies when switched to a no grain, dehydrated raw diet. Why would the AVMA feel so
    threatened by homeopathy and raw diets? Oh, let me guess, it must be money. I think traditional veterinarians would be better served to work with other veterinarians that incorporate other modalities. The effectiveness of both would be awesome. Please do not vote against Homeopathy for pets and reconsider your stance on raw diets.
    Thank you.

  18. We, the people who own pets and pay for veterinary care are NOT fooled by this blatant and dishonest attempt to discredit homeopathy. Indeed I personally am absolutely disgusted. Perhaps I too should submit an unsigned, unverified white paper upon some topic and your organization can quietly sneak it in. Your credibility ais in the toilet. Shameful all around. I will not be utilizing the services of any veterinary practitioner who subscribes to this antiquated, dishonest theology. Sign me as the proud owner of rabbits, cats, dogs and horses who thus utilizes the services of 4 different veterinary practices)

  19. Thank you for allowing us to respond and speak up to provide another viewpoint regarding homeopathy.

    In reading the case against it seems one of the major provisions is related to vaccinations. Although I am neither for or against vaccinations as any sort of rule, and I am a avid practitioner of homeopathy and holistic methodologies. I would like to point out where homeopathy and veterinary medicine can and should be able to coexist, using this one point as an example.

    As in the newest treatments against parasites, it is now recommended that animals be given fecals to determine parasitic content if any as the best course of health. This is being recognized by a majority of the major pharmaceutical manufacturers as well. I also recommend the least invasive action for any kind of remedy and treatment as well as the one that most supports the animals health. This I believe is also in exact accordance with the AVMA’s practices and mission. So my solution is to allow practices of both which will be in the animal’s best interest for health. Why not allow homeopathy to co-exist and require titres to be done prior to vaccinating or homeopathic treatment of nosodes (homeopathic vaccine equivalent) rather than outlaw the use of a very viable and powerful tool in caring for animals (homeopathy)? This allows both to exist and any dangers of disease be tested, treated and retested to determine viability of immunity and resistance.

    This would dramatically restrict veterinarians whom have gone on to add to their practices a holistic branch of tools as well as create much resistance and uproar in the animal community as a whole. Wouldn’t the AVMA rather unite the world of animal owners and all animal husbandry and work together, instead of creating discord?

    Thank You. Please do not approve this Case against Homeopathy.

    Savannah Aliy Jackson
    http://www.horseprophey.com

  20. Regarding Resolution 3: I have seen homeothapy work in several cases, and not work in several cases. That has also been my observation of conventional veterinary medicine. Just outlawing it without further investigation would put the AVMA in the same class of organizations as Congress. It is time to think before acting.

  21. I’m expressing my concern about your intention of limiting pet owners’ choices of treatment options, largely based on a paper that was published anonymously. As Dr. Jean Hofve so eloquently said, it will give traditional vets an excuse to refuse to even consider homeopathy – because it has now been “proven” (via the AVMA resolution) to be ineffective, or worse. Practitioners who previously knew nothing about homeopathy will now know only false things about homeopathy. After AVMA’s ridiculous decision last year to formally adopt a position against raw feeding, and now this, I believe that this organization has lost sight of its mission and objective.

  22. Homeopathy has a place alongside traditional medicine. Based solely on a so-called white paper (that’s clearly biased and likens homeopathy to magic and voodoo) by someone who doesn’t even have enough belief in his/her opinions to sign his name to it, you’re going to discredit all homeopathy? That would be very ill considered and severely damage the credibility of your organization to the point that many of us that want alternative treatment options would take our business elsewhere, to vets that support our choice to employ alternative methods when appropriate.

    I’m also concerned that you’re not soliciting any expert testimony in support or opposition to this proposal. Don’t you want to hear both sides from credible experts? Or are your minds already made up and this is just window dressing?

    I’m particularly distressed that this resolution is being put forward by my state, where I’ve had access to excellent vet care including both traditional and alternative therapies for many years.

  23. Funny – you’re taking the word of an anonymous author over real-life stories! The AVMA appears to be headed right down the AR path – kill off all our pets, make it impossible to “hit” your targets of care, take away our right to decide. Excuse me – but – GUYS – just WHAT do you plan to do to support yourself and your families WHEN THERE ARE NO MORE PETS??????

    Homeopathy has been around since time immortal. Guess what – if it don’t work, we don’t use it!!!! DUH!!!!

  24. have four (4) large dogs and I will no longer do business with DVMs who refuse to consider or open their minds to alternative therapies, specifically in regards to the proposed anti-homeopathy resolution..

    For the majority of my 68 years I have rescued dogs, keeping many of them as my own pets. I have fed my dogs raw food and table foods (something that I learned to do as a child growing up on a farm….our dogs were very healthy), and when dog food makers began to make no-grain dog foods, I included premium grain-free dog foods in the diets of my dogs, along with utilizing homeopathy in maintaining the health of my dogs.

    It is an outrage that big pharma and other big companies are now attempting to over-ride even how dog owners meet the needs of their dogs….and that is part of this, no doubt.

    Be assured that I will NOT do business with any DVMs who refuse to consider or open their minds to alternative therapies.

    With the latest anti-homeopathy resolutions, DVMs and the AVMA are no longer serving clients who want the ability to seek out a variety of healing modalities for their pets.

    Ultimately I hope that such DVMs/AVMA members will lose income as those pet owners who investigate alternative therapies for their pets turn to other types of practitioners for their holistic pet care needs.

    I will support local holistic vets…..I will encourage my friends and family and others to do the same.

    Respectfully, but very sincerely,
    Cam Krosnoff

  25. This idiocy of the avma is similar to the Obama administration catering to Monsanto.
    Homeopathy has no side effects. It is effective. I would never take my pet to a vet that was not open or knowledgable about so-called alternative therapies.
    We have used homeopathy for all of our animals for years. We do not use drugs as they are poisonous.
    We use many others therapies as well including cranial-sacral , diet, accupressure, herbs, to name but a few.
    I am appalled by the lack of unbiased input to your organization.

  26. It’s all about the $$, not the animals. DO NOT PASS THIS ANTI-HOMEOPATHY BILL. You will have voted out your credibility completely.

  27. I agree with the prior posts opinions!

    If this passes, after your voting against raw diets, you will prove that the AVMA has NO credibility at all… I have used homeopathic remedies for my dogs… it works and gives us choices in conjunction with conventional medicine.

    Do NOT vote against homeopathic medicine!!!!

    • Please do not vote against homeopathic medicine. If you do vote against it, you are forcing practicitioners as well as clients who use alternative and complementary methods to go elsewhere. I think the best thing you can do is research and realize that homeopathy is actually quite effective in many cases. Your stance surely does look like you are being run by Big Pharma instead of sound reasoning.

  28. Your (AVMA) decision and attempt to “ban” homeopathy in veterinary care is yet another shocking and disgusting sign the real intent of the AVMA is being led by big pharma and large scale commercial pet food companies (see your protocol on raw feeding). Only this time, you take the “back door” approach in the hopes that the thousands of people who know your position to be ludicrous and an attempt to suppress our right to choice in health care for our pets, from speaking our minds. The so-called white paper used as “evidence” is even more embarrassing than the “evidence” used to deter raw feeding of our pets and if the author was so confident in their opinion, one would also sign their name- the fact it was written “anonymously” speaks volumes and certainly leads one to make their own assumptions about who or what industry is really behind this. The AVMA has zero credibility left in my view and any vets membership in this organization is actually a deterrent to people like me, who want well-rounded, highly educated vets who will do what is necessary to help my pets, in the manner I believe to be the best.

    I would say you should be ashamed of yourselves; but to feel shame one must have insight into their own behavior and actions and the impact those actions have on other people (and pets); it is clear their is no insight here.

    Michelle, Ontario Canada and all of the pets that cross her path treated AND HEALED by homeopathy AND raw diets.

  29. If this is true, then it is sad that we can be so affected by one strident voice. I Hope that the HOD considers both sides thoroughly and realizes the value of all of the different therapies that we use for our patients. If we vote against homeopathy, we present ourselves as very narrow-minded. Globally, this is an important modality and works in many cases that I have heard about through clients. How can we deny an opportunity for healing?

  30. AVMA is planning to make a decision on “whether homeopathy is effective”, using input ONLY from those with no qualifications to make any judgement on the subject! What kind of “professionalism” or scientific thinking is that?
    Is that the example to be used for students to learn from in how to make scientific decisions?

    Interesting that the suggestion comes from Connecticut – infamous for rabid illogical anti-homeopathy activism led by a specific member of AVMA there.

    The non-members of AVMA who have the qualifications and experience in homeopathy to know what it can do, namely the TRUE FULLTIME HOMEOPATHS with a D.Vet.Hom degree and experience – are excluded from this decision-making by the rule that only AVMA members have any say in it!
    SO AVMA – with zero qualifications on the subject – is planning to stand in judgement over a profession they know nothing about – and still want to call themselves “scientific”?

    In other words this is a thinly veiled exercise to eliminate homeopaths as competition for veterinary dollars – or more specifically drug company dollars. (Homeopaths do not replace veterinarians and will actually send MORE work to them as well as doing their own – but the use of drugs would decline, and drug companies fear for their obscenely high profits).

    As to the excuse of supposedly deciding “whether homeopathy is effective” – I propose a single example – Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) in which NO member of AVMA has ever managed to publish a single success in any properly diagnosed case of FIP.
    Homeopathy, by contrast DOES have success in this illness.
    See the website address I listed for details.

    Seems to me that a system that can overcome FIP when veterinarians can not – is qualified to be called “effective”.