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

I previously posted a blog entry with links to the proposed resolutions and bylaws amendments that will be considered by the AVMA House of Delegates at their Winter Session on January 5, 2013 in Chicago.

At their November 2012 meeting, the AVMA Executive Board referred to the House of Delegates one new policy and three proposed revisions to existing policies. For the full text of the resolutions as they will be presented to the House, click the links below. A full list of all proposed resolutions and bylaws amendments that will be considered during the Winter Session is also available on our website.

Resolution 4-2013 proposes revisions to the existing policy on canine devocalization.

Resolution 5-2013 proposes a new policy on livestock handling tools.

Resolution 6-2013 proposes revisions to the existing policy on pluripotent stem cells.

Resolution 7-2013 proposes revisions to the existing microchipping/electronic identification policy.

Any resolution that is passed will become AVMA policy, and any amendment approved will alter the bylaws of the association.

AVMA members who would like to provide their input on any or all of the proposed resolutions and amendments are encouraged to do so and 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.

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

  1. As a follow-up to my previous post, I have to agree with the suggestions that, rather than ban or severely restrict a procedure that has been shown over many years of use to be effective, relatively painless, and with very few side-effects, that veterinarians be trained in how to properly perform bark-softening. When I was in school, it was taught with an approach through the neck and into the larynx rather than the simple approach through the mouth that is used by veterinarians who routinely perform this simple surgery. The advent of laser surgery has made this even more precise. I think that the wording of the resolution in itself is biased and cannot help but influence the decision. As I stated previously, this is a HUMANE procedure that permits dogs to be dogs without being at the same time annoying to neighbors. Behavior modification is often aversive and results in neurotic behavior and even physical distress from such as shock collars. I strongly urge the AVMA to allow this, as in other surgeries, to be the decision of an educated owner. To suggest that it be offered only as an alternative to euthanasia is to ignore the very positive results that can follow bark softening. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Dr. George
      I have often been present for thru-the-mouth bark-softening procedures (devocalization is a misnomer, since with current procedures, the dog is NEVER rendered “mute”; debarking is not even a good term, since the dogs can still bark! – it is rather amazing that I, as a lay person, and not the esteemed Vets at the AVMA, know this incorrect nomenclature). Regardless, the procedure took LESS THAN five minutes, no blood and the animals were sent home within an hour, happily eating, playing and “barking” after they returned home. How is this “mutilation”, and how is it more objectionable than, say a spay procedure, which is many times more invasive?
      Is there anyone that really believes a competent, trained Veterinary professional would compromise themselves by performing “mutilating” procedures? Why doesn’t the AVMA stand up for their own members’ professionalism?
      Please support the use of this procedure by competent, trained Veterinarians so that the possibility of it being performed by a non-professional is removed. THANK YOU.

  2. I am appalled that you would even consider voting against the use of Homeopathy for animals . And that you have made a discouraging position against raw diets. I agree with everyone one of the comments supporting Homeopathy for treatment of all animals . This should be the owners choice. I am wondering who is getting paid off for even allowing this to be a votable position. This is safest form of treatment that has been around since 1826. It treats the cause and does not just bandaid symptoms. It cures animals and humans and is cost effective without dangerous side effects. If it wasn’t for Honeopathy my diabetic cats wouldn’t have lived to be 16. If only I had treated them homeopathically from birth they wouldnt have become diabetic and a raw diet would have prevented it to . But I didn’t find out about Homeopathy till they were sick. Homeopathy has also saved many of my other cats more than once. Why would you rule on this from on man’s paper that is anti holistic medicine when the burden of proof falls on well established cases that proves that Homeopathy works very well for all animals !
    It seems to me that it all boils down to Profits and kickbacks to Conventional Vets , the Big Pharma and companies like Hiils Science diet ( which is the worst crap there is to feed an animal )! If you treat an animal Homeopathically it can be cured, therefore the animal wouldn’t have to keep returning to that vet for more meds and more ver bills. So I am sure these vets don’t like Homeopathy because they don’t give a darn about the animals just the $$. And obviouslyHills doesn’t care about what they put in there junk food, but every conventional vet pushes the crap to feed. So they are making money from pushing the junk food . The longer an animal is sick, the more medications they’ll end up on from a conventional vet, more money for the pharmaceutical industry. I thought better of the AVMA before this position you are addressing about discouraging Homeopathy and the stance you have already taken against raw food diets. But know I have no trust in THE AVMA and know all you care about is making money and you do not fully consider whatis best for animals and how dare you restrict owners choices in what route of treatment they prefer for their animals!
    I’m not saying that conventional medicine does not have its need. I use conventional vets for my cats if I think necessary , but I always prefer to use Homeopathy as my first choice .

  3. Canine devocalization is a very useful tool for any dog owner and saves many dogs from euthanasia or from being taken to shelters. When a dog cannot be trained not to bark – or owners do not understand how to train, at least the bark can be softened. Devocalization is a misnomer, as the dogs can still bark but the bark is much softer. Trained veterinarians doing this simple procedure find that there are very few dogs that experience problems following the simple surgery. Please reconsider this resolution. This is not a cruelty to animals issue. Dogs that have had this procedure done are happy and barking problems are minimized, allowing them to be kept by their owners instead of being euthanizaed or surrendered.
    Thank you,
    L. Krivanek

    • As a veterinarian and dog lover and owner, I cannot believe that the AVMA is permitting Animal Rights extremists to dictate to practitioners what procedures they can and cannot perform. Debarking and devocalization are both misnomers. Dogs who undergo this quick and simple procedure (performed by a licensed veterinarian and under anesthesia) are still able to bark and communicate but the bark is less piercing and/or loud. Behavior modification using such things as bark collars, shock collars, and even continuous correction are much more harmful to the dog both physically and in terms of its emotional adjustment. Bark softened dogs ARE able to express themselves without fear of shock or other forms of mental and/or physical correction. Dogs bark. That is what they do. Some breeds bark a lot. This is part of what they are. Bark softening allows them to be what nature made them without disturbing neighbors. Owning dogs is a choice I make–not my neighbors. I know my dogs; if they could talk, they would say that they would much rather undergo a short, quick and relatively painless procedure rather than being continually corrected for their natural behavior. Please reconsider referring to this as devocalization–which it is not–nor is it mutilation. It keeps dogs in homes and out of shelters; it allows dogs to express themselves without annoying neighbors; it allows dogs to talk softly rather than trying to force them to not bark at all. If I were a dog, this would be my choice. In many cases, not being able to bark soften means not being able to have a dog–. This is the goal of some groups. Please reconsider your revisions to the policy and the policy itself. Thank you.

    • Thank you, Mrs Krivanek. I think it is important to stress the idea that any Veterinary procedure performed by a licensed Vet (that would never omit the use of anesthesia) is the decision of two parties: 1) the Vets themselves (some of whom may need to be trained as to current, simple and effective procedures), and 2) the client. To say that these procedures are merely done as a matter of owner convenience is like saying that owners can’t think of anything else to spend all their money on. Try to tell that to those of us that think we have already single-handedly built our own room-additions to our Vet’s practices while (gladly) paying for the health care of our precious pets. No one sits around all day trying to think of ways to spend money on our animals – the animals already do that for us!

  4. 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

    • Well said Dr. Black! He has used homopathy on my animals for a few years now. I have no complaints with his work. He is comassionate and trustworthy.
      Thanks again! Joyce Williamson
      Marshall, MN

    Our animals are healthier when all forms of treatment are available to them. We all have a story from somewhere about how an alternative therapy helped a person or animal when conventional medicine couldn’t. It’s important to leave these therapies available!

  6. i could not agree with you less on this resolution,,, My dog has NEVER done better than after I saw a homeopathic vet, and I also feed raw with additional nutrition added,,,they are much more healthy than any previous dogs I have had in my life,,, you have a agenda, why are you really doing this????

  7. I urge you to say no to Resolution 3-2013 Homeopathy. Homeopathy is the only thing that has controlled my dog’s allergies, when allopathic medicine failed him. He has also be treated for Conjunctivitis successfully using ONLY homeopathy. There can be no placebo effect with pets, as they have no idea what you are giving them or what result you expect to achieve. I will never use a DVM who does not practice integrative or alternative medicine ever again. You are considering declaring homeopathy ineffective and discouraging it’s use by your members without actually getting input from your members who have successfully used this modality. Shame on you!

  8. Re: Resolution 4- 2013 Canine Devocalization. I am against proposed policy to ban/discourage this procedure. Bark softening, when done by an experienced vet, is a life saver for many dogs. When people live in neighborhoods where a loud, barking dog is leading to complaints by neighbors, many people are unable to move so they just get rid of their dog instead. Many of these dogs end up in shelters and eventually are euthanized. Bark softening is a simple procedure, much less invasive than spaying or neutering a dog. Some particular breeds are more vocal than others and more difficult to train than others. This is an appropriate procedure for such dogs and the choice should be between the pet owner and their veterinarian.

    We totally agree with everyone that commented on Homeopathy for pets as a choice and right by pet owners. Also, that the AVMA would even consider voting on this because of a paper by an unknown writer without merit or proven facts is ludicrous! If the AVMA truly cares about pets and not solely profits or kickbacks from big pharma or dog food brands, such as science diet (which isn’t a healthy dog food), they will do the right thing and allow pet owners to decide what is best for their pets. We have two rescue dogs, we use homeopathy care and traditional vet care but we do not follow typical vet guidelines to over vaccinate and we feed raw and our dogs are very healthy. Please have enough respect for pet owners to let them seek care that works best for their pets and ability to choose the care they prefer.

    Thank you,
    Debi, Mark, Raleigh & Bundles Roemmich

  10. Your insane to consider passing legislation that outlaws homeopathy. I paid over $2,000 to try and find out why my dogs face was swollen, no results. when a homeopathic remedy relieved her of pain and suffering in three days.

    Follow the money do really want to be owned and controlled by drug companies? This would be a disaster both
    for owners and their pets and the veterinary practice itself. BEWARE

    Contributed by
    Shay Whitman Cooper

  11. In regards to RESOLUTION 3 – 2013 HOMEOPATHY – I strongly urge you to vote NO on this resolution. My dog developed epileptic seizure after rabies vaccination and homeopathic medicine saved him. I have adopted two dogs with kennel cough. Again – homeopathic medicine eradicated the cough within three days in each case. I have two children aged 3 and 6. They have been treated homeopathically for flu, colds, ear infections, eye infections, and impetigo. My six year old has used antibiotics once in her life. My three year old never. Homeopathic Medicine works at the same rate of efficacy as conventional medicine (which is about half the time). There are no ill side effects from homeopathic medicine. It fits in nicely with conventional medicine and covers the areas of sickness and discomfort where diagnoses is difficult or impossible because diagnoses are not needed with homeopathic medicine. To take homeopathic medicine out of the equation in the promotion of animal health serves no purpose other than to garner profits for drug companies. If profiteering is the motive of the AMVA then vote yes. If the AMVA truly stands for the health of animals then there is no other choice but to vote NO on this measure. Just because someone is educated in conventional medicine doesn’t mean they know anything about homeopathic medicine. It is HUBRIS to think otherwise. Whether you are paying attention to the numerous scientific studies that confirm the efficacy of homeopathic medicine or not – you SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO THE NUMEROUS FIRST HAND ACCOUNTS OF PET OWNERS AND HOLISTIC VETERINARIANS WHO HAVE SEEN THIS MODALITY CREATE BETTER STATES OF HEALTH IN THEIR ANIMALS. All of these people are not idiots. Please don’t use your power to stop something just because you don’t understand it. Trust that all of these people who say it works are telling the truth. IT WORKS. IT’S EFFECTIVE. IT’S INEXPENSIVE. Believe me – the drug companies are going to be OK. The executives might have to buy one less house or take one less helicopter ride somewhere, but I doubt it. Don’t make our animals suffer so a very few can become richer and richer. There is a place for homeopathic medicine and the animals who need it should not be deprived of the relief it can give them from their suffering.

  12. As for the vote on 12-05-13, based on “The Case Against Homeopathy” it is biased, shocking and full of lies plus signed anonymously. Please!! My cat was diagnosed with Renal Failure and put on fluids by a traditional vet and given renal dry food . He began to throw up constantly, loss of appetite, weight loss and water pooled in the back of his legs. I decided to seek a Holistic Vet, and he was taken off fluids, put on a diet of holistic canned food only. It has been three years now and I believe he would be dead if he had stayed on the fluids and renal food. I will no longer do business with DVMs who refuse to consider or open their minds to alternative therapies. With these latest resolutions, you are no longer serving clients who want the ability to seek out a variety of healing modalities for their pets. Ultimately, your members will lose income as we the pet owners turn to other types of practitioners for our holistic pet care needs.

  13. Please be casreful the slippery slop we slide, when we turn our back on a form of medicine because it is not mainstream. Look at the number of dogs that are helped by holistics, look at the number of dogs damaged by traditional means. There are many ways to treat everything and not one way works on all creatures, so do not shut the door on other means, because “big business is behind it. IO added a website on how holistics, saved a dogs life.

  14. I urge you to say no to Resolution 3-2013 Homeopathy. Homeopathy, and other alternative and complementary approaches, have proved useful for countless animals and should be considered a viable option in the range of treatments available to our pets and livestock. Although it has been argued that despite passing this resolution, DVM’s can still utilize homeopathic treatments, without the backing of the AVMA, these therapies may be unjustly viewed as less effective by practitioners and patients; thus, their availability may decline and millions of pet owners will be denied effective therapies for their family members.

  15. I strongly encourage the HOD to REJECT Resolution 3-2013 Homeopathy. It is inexcusable that the AVMA will reject a modality that has brought relief, without negative side effect, to so many animals and their owners. Contrary to the wording in Resolution 3, a search of the literature confirms that scientific results of homeopathic treatments show many positive outcomes. It is unsurprising that these results, however, are “inconclusive,” not because homeopathic treatment is ineffective, but because advanced research is not available. There is simply not enough monetary interest in homeopathy to justify the expensive, high-quality, double-blind randomized control trials necessary to convince the “scientific community” of the efficacy, safety, and viability of medicine that can be produced easily and inexpensively from the gifts offered to us by mother nature herself.

    As stated in a 2006 paper out of the University of Verona, and published by Oxford University Press, “All the literature available in Medline, conference proceedings and books was searched; we also report experiments done in our laboratory. As in the previous article reporting studies on cellular models, due to the relative scarcity of literature in this field, the lack of replication articles and the heterogeneity of experiments, we could not perform meta-analysis of data.”

    [Bellavite, P. Ortolani, R. and Conforti A. “Immunology and Homeopathy. 3. Experimental Studies on Animal Models.”
    Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2006 June; 3(2): 171–186. Available online at PMCID: PMC1475939. Accessed on 1/4/13.]

    It is irresponsible for the House to vote on the safety and efficacy of homeopathy given a lack of evidence providing conclusive results.

    It is interesting to note that most preliminary trials indicate measurable effectiveness of homeopathic solutions, in direct opposition to the wording chosen by the HOD resolution 3. Quite to the contrary, homeopathy has NOT been conclusively demonstrated to be ineffective.

    While standard pharmaceutical medicine is demonstrated to be effective based on the gross physical observations and ability to reproduce those observations in laboratory and clinical settings, homeopathy and other alternative healing modalities work on subtle levels which we are just beginning to understand and be able to measure; these alternative remedies often require greater patience and compliance in adhering to long term treatment schedules before results are achieved. However, this should not lead us to the conclusion that they lack effectiveness, and thereby allow us to leap to the further conclusion that used in the absence of pharmaceutical care, homeopathic remedies will lead to harm. Any veterinary physician worth his mettle will weigh all available remedies, the urgency of required treatments, and will do everything possible to extend life, and health, to his or her patients. To vote that homeopathy will endanger a patient’s life is dogmatic, irrational and unworthy of your approval.

    Please vote NO on HOD Resolution 3-2013 Homeopathy.

    • I must speak out against the action aimed at removing alternative therapies as a treatment option for our animals. My Westie is a living example of the needed and outstandingly helpful alternative treatment success for his life curtailing skin allergies that were bringing his life to the line of survival. By eliminating his alternative treatment option, you would have been basically sentencing him to death since the traditional options were not working. Do not shut your eyes to the living proof that is abundant in support over and over again of alternative therapies.

  16. Please do not pass Resolution 4-2013
    The new inclusion of:
    “When dogs are housed in groups (e.g. laboratories, breeding facilities, kennels) devocalization should not be used as an alternative to appropriate animal management and facility design.” makes it impossible for anyone trying to raise a breed prone to barking in a socialized manner. As a breeder of Shetland Sheepdogs I would have to remove all stimulus (4 concrete walls?) and not be able to allow my dogs to socialize with each other. Is this the kind of facility and horrible life-long existence you would mandate vs. a minor surgery? Having owned over twenty dogs that have had their barks softened, not once have I had negative medical impact. I recently had to put down a dog close to 17 years old (age related illness) that had been debarked at less than a year old. The portrays of the gross surgeries have obviously been performed by veterinarians not properly trained in this surgical technique. In my over twenty years of showing and owning a breed commonly debarked, I’ve never once witnessed a dog with gross surgery scars and injuries from a debarking like those being portrayed by extremists. Not being a fool, I realize all surgeries come with a risk, but in reality this is about as minimally invasive of a surgery as it gets when done properly by a trained veterinarian. If anything, you should be encouraging more veterinarians to learn the proper technique so that the animals aren’t subjected to untrained veterinarians performing this surgery.

  17. I do believe that many homeopathic remedies do work. I have used them for my dogs and for myself. Vets should be allowed to use alternative therapies the patient may benefit from. The AVMA should not be telling vets and pet owners what they are allowed to do.

  18. I have had such positive experiences with the use of Homeopathy for our Corgi.From itching due to allergies to helping to heal sprains.I have switched over to a holistic vet and would not go back to someone who is not open to holistic practices.You would be doing a great disservice by approving this resolution.Why not be open to alternatives.Acupuncture and chiropractic methods have greatly helped our dogs spinal disc issues.Our regular vet could do nothing but recommend prednosone for the rest of our dogs life,after hearing that I sought out an holistic vet.Her condition has improved dramatically.So I urge you to be open to alternative treatments.I have used these forms of treatment for myself and will always use them if needed.Please examine more research and have an open mind you could make a difference in the quality of life of our pets.

    • To Whom It May Concern:
      Please vote to reject homeopathic resolution!!

      I just would like to let you know that I am a nutritional consultant and I use homeopathic remedies daily for family and farm animals and pets. It has been invaluable from saving dogs and sheep from rattlesnakes bites to shock and birth related maladies. I do not understand why anyone would consider passing a resolution based on a white paper written by an anonymous author. Our local paper won’t even print anything if one does not have enough courage to identify themselves .
      I truly value having the opportunity to consider holistic and alternative methods of healing for both my family and pets. One might consider that England’s royal family values and uses homeopathic practices. The Queen seems to be doing pretty well for her age. May other countries use homeopathic medicine because of the lack of side effects and toxicity It is disturbing to me that anyone would suggest to veterinarians that homeopathy is not a valid treatment for animals. Ask anyone who has used Traumeel for an aging or inured animal. I currently enjoy the right and opportunity to explore alternative treatments for both my family and pets. I do not want that freedom taken from us or maligned by uniformed persons who have not experienced the benefits of homeopathy.

      Sincerely Yours,
      Janice Jones
      Jourdanton, Texas

  19. Please allow the continued use of homeopathy for animal care!!! This looks to me like a classic sellout to big pharma. There should always be freedom of choice in the care of animals (and people!)

  20. I live in Canada and unfortunately we may be headed down the same path. This is a BIG PHARA propaganda machine in the works. When are the Amercian people going to stand up and stop this nonsense. I own a pet store that specializes in raw feeding. I have seen it many, many times over how this species appropriate diet improved pet health in a short time. I have also seen holistic medicine improve a pets health when conventional did not work. Please folks follow the money. The worst of the worst is behind this, big pharma, hills science diet (yuck) and etal. These people would not know what was good for a dog if it came up and hit them in the face. What do they know about pet nutrition? The only thing they study is the bottom line. What amazes me most is that you have accepted a paper from an anonymous writer. In my books if they did not have the courage to sign it then it should have been filed immediately under G for garbage. What is wrong with you people, is the money that important that you will succumb to this propaganda and leave the helpless animals out in the cold. If you really wanted to help set up a spay program, feed the feral cats, teach, teach not preach!!!!!!!!!

  21. I will not visit a veterinarian who is not holistically minded! We travel a great distance as well to visit a vet who understands the need for wholeness in treatment, just like with people. Allopathic medicine in any regard is masking and money making…..not the direction you folks should be going. Allopathic wants to give our Shepherd steroids for his itching…..hollistic treatment included diet changes and fish oil – he’s much better thank you.

  22. Dear Sirs:

    Please rescind the recent anti-homeopathy resolutions. I support all qualified veterinarians, even if their methods may differ; let the clients choose what they need; what works. Don’t force them to go to some crackpot when all else fails. I have the same option in treating human family members, why not my animals?

    Thank you.

  23. I have used homeopathy on all my animals, horses, goats and dogs and been very successful with it. I urge you to let freedom be used when it comes to medicine. It does not hurt you except money wise!!

  24. RE: 3-2013 Anti-Homeopathy Resolution: I was shocked to hear that the AVMA is even voting on such a resolution. I also learned that it has already voted against species appropriate raw feeding. My two Shelties are 11 1/2 years old and in fantastic shape because I have fed them raw for most of their lives and have treated many of their illnesses with alternative medicinals. For example, my boy, Dylan, had Discoid Lupus Erythmetosis. His vet gave him antibiotics and couldn’t cure it. The vets at Davis gave him more antibiotics and couldn’t cure it. Only the Australian herbalist cured it by salves and mixes.

    What is happening to our world? Many vets will be influenced by what you do, to the detriment of pets and their owners. Please, allow us, the consumer, to make our own decisions, and vets the ability to choose how to treat their patients.

  25. It is sad and scary that the AVMA would even consider passing a resolution with the information provided. An illresearched and falsified paper, provided anonymously, and taken as a research paper by an organization supposedly comprised of educated officials. This is the same organization that does not ban IAMS and other dog foods that are manufactured out of AMerica and FILLED with toxic chemicals that actually have KILLED animals.

    I will not support any vet or product you recommend or is approved by AVMA, based solely on this type of practice.

  26. My dogs have been treated by a homeopathic veterinarian for the past six years. I have seen their health improve in situations when treatments provided by traditional, allopathic veterinarians have failed and have been harmful. Also, I have informed other pet guardians about homeopathic veterinary medicine and they have been pleased with the results of this type of care.

    To the extent possible, homeopathic veterinarians treat their patients preventatively and naturally. This is what most people want for themselves and their pets.

    I urge the House of Delegates to NOT pass Resolution 3-2013. It would be a huge step backwards for veterinary medicine.

  27. Hello,
    I am voicing my concern regarding the anti-homeopathy resolution that is being voted on tomorrow.
    I support homeopathy and alternative holistic therapies and I will no longer do business with DVMs who refuse to consider alternative therapies. With these latest resolutions, the AVMA is no longer serving pet owners who want the ability to use a variety of alternative healing modalities for their pets. Your members will lose income as pet owners such as myself turn to other types of practitioners for my holistic pet care needs.

    Thank you.

    • I do hope this does not come to fruition, I as a pet owner have the right to choose the best type of treatment for my pet. I should have the right to make that choice especially when I have that choice for my own health. It has been proved that homeopathy and alternative holistic therapies work.

      Thank You
      Yvonne Polenc

  28. I am writing to protest your anti-complementary and alternative medicine stances,
    in this case your upcoming resolution against Homeopathy,
    which I have personally seen to be very effective in animals.
    I will not patronize any vet practice that does not include complementary, alternative and holistic medicine.
    Please reverse your stance.
    Alice Castellano

  29. My cat is alive today because of homeopathic care!!!!

    I would like to point out that over the years I have had numerous cats. I have had three of them diagnosed with advanced renal failure. The first two died shortly after being on sub-cutaneous saline solutions. The third cat was put on sub-cutaneous saline solution as well. At that point I sought alternative health for my cat. In January of 2008 I consulted with a veterinary homeopath about my cat’s condition.

    Shortly after starting the homeopathic treatments I no longer needed to give my cat sub-cutaneous solutions. He drinks sufficient water and is not dehydrated. He does not vomit continuously either. His condition is stable and has not changed for the worse since I have been giving him homeopathic remedies. I do not expect this condition to be cured, nothing can cure it. But, most importantly, he is alive. He is now 18 years old.

    In addition, about a year ago, he needed to have dental work done. With the help of homeopathic medicine (in conjunction with the conventional medicine) he was able to get through the surgery with flying colors. In fact, everyone at the veterinary clinic was amazed at how well he did. Further, I was able to withhold giving him pain killers since the homeopathic medicine was able to do a good job of helping him with the pain. I did give him antibiotics since he had a slight infection following the surgery.

    Bottom line – my cat would not be alive today if he had not had homeopathic care. At this point I swear by it and will seek it for any condition that my regular vet cannot cure.

    Please consider this when making your decision tomorrow.


    Terry Anderson

    I am an enlightened individual with full rights and absolute authority over my health decisions for myself and my animal companions. I will NEVER submit to ANY action(s) or attempts to curtail my rights to choose in these vital issues. Your organization (along with the AMA) have proven yourselves to be greedy and duplicitous in every way for decades and the now very much enlightened people of the world no longer listen to you. The cowardly individual who wrote this proposal does not seem to have the courage and/or integrity to stand behind his claims by giving his/her name. That, ipso facto, invalidates the entire proposal. The ignorance and villainous nature of it is glaringly obvious and we will not give it any credence, no matter what you or anyone else “in authority” tries to force upon us. Pay head to what I/we say!

  31. I will no longer do business with DVMs who refuse to consider or open their minds to alternative therapies. With these latest resolutions, they are no longer serving clients who want the ability to seek out a variety of healing modalities for their pets. Ultimately, AVMA members who make an uninformed personal decision to eschew alternative medicine, holistic medicine and homeopathy, will lose income as pet owners turn to other types of practitioners for their holistic pet care needs.

  32. As a holistic nurse and health coach, the same philosophy and approach is important to me in obtaining care for my pets. I strongly encourage the AVMA to vote to preserve access for consumers and ability for vets to incorporate varied treatments (such as chiropractic, acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, T-touch, and others) into the total plan of care.

    I am willing to drive further and pay more for these services, because I have seen first-hand on many occasions how effective they are (my experience includes care of birds, horses, dogs and cats). Such a treatment approach is gentle, safe and well-tolerated. Even when surgery and traditional medicines are necessary, adding complementary therapies can speed recovery and comfort.

    I encourage you to recognize and support holistic, homeopathic veterinary practices!

    Thanks for voting to give people the freedom to make informed choices about the health care of their pets.

    Pam Schroeder, MSN, RN,C
    Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach

    I believe in and practice (personally and professionally) holistic care for my family and companion animals, and I urge the House of Delegates to NOT pass Resolution 3-2013. Homeopathic and alternative care is vital to ensuring the health and well-being of all individuals. Passing this resolution would be a giant step backward in the advancements of health for not only our companion animals, but for humans as well, by fostering a misconception that holistic and homeopathic modalities are in-effective.
    Homeopathy and alternative therapies have been shown to be very helpful in human health and well-being, and as any biologist knows we are all animals, therefore the argument that it does not work for animals is unfounded. In addition, if humans and animals are so un-related, why are animals used in testing to extrapolate the effects of a drug or procedure to humans?
    What is the harm in providing many healing alternatives to humans and their companion animals? Shouldn’t health and well-being be the goal, no matter the means of achieving it? What are the non-homeopathic veterinarians afraid of? Are they afraid that their way isn’t the best way? The more the organization tries to suppress alternative therapies, the fewer clients its members will have. The clients want alternatives and will find them no matter what the AVMA’s policies are. As an organization, isn’t it in your best interest to find out what the clients want for their animals? Grow and expand with the holistic care movement instead of trying to suppress it. Stop operating from a place of fear, illness, and control, and start broadening your collective horizons and focus on holistic health and your organization will blossom. Your clients will appreciate it as will all of the animals.

  34. Please re-consider your resolution on Homeopathy in Veterinary Medicine. Many pets have been helped with these methods and frankly it’s not the business of this organization to dictate the methods vets use in their daily routines with the clients in their care. Such micromanagement smacks of an effort to control and stifle progress. Basing such a resolution on a paper which has not even been signed by its author – much less aired openly for rebuttal by those who may have more information to impart – is beneath the dignity of the AVMA.

    Our dogs are seen by a conventional vet, but even he has become more open to such modalities because he has seen the results from those pet owners who use them for their animals when conventional medicines have no answers. He has greatly softened his stance in recent years because many of his clients are refusing to go the traditional route and are supplementing traditional medicines (given to allay symptoms) with remedies and supplements to help the body heal itself. Many of these remedies, while “non-traditional” today, will become “conventional wisdom” tomorrow. (One example would be the now-routine recommendation for the use of glucosamine/chondroitin supplements for animals suffering from joint disease.)

    Debate is scientific. Closet “stifling” and stealth suppression are not and a one-sided biased paper without rebuttal is proof of nothing but the biased mind of the one who wrote it. Shame on the AVMA for even considering such a resolution with this anonymous paper as the foundational support! Open the floor for contrary evidence to be heard. Invite those with actual knowledge of the modalities under attack to speak from their knowledge and experience rather than continue shielding closed-minded “anonymous” puppets who don’t possess the courage of their convictions.

    Do the right thing, AVMA, and keep in mind that millions of veterinary clients will be watching their vets closely for signs of “flat earth” thinking. Those who stand in the way of progress will be left by the wayside – as it should be.

  35. RE: Resolution 3-2013

    As an avid user of CAM I urge you all to re-think your proposed stance on Homeopathy. Animals don’t lie. I have, as millions of others have, used and use homeopathy for healthcare with successful results. Both as an alternative as well as a complementary medicine. I would urge you all, instead, to embark upon learning more about Homeopathy and researching the studies that have been done utilizing this modality of healing. Western Science and Medicine, as you know, is an on-going collection of studies and new information is being discovered hourly. To base such an important decision as banning the use of Homeopathy on one, un-identified ‘white paper’ is, in my opinion, horrifically negligent and speaks of dangerously closed minds. I, personally prefer that any health-care provider for myself or my animals have OPEN MINDS to explore alternatives and give options when other treatments fail to respond in favorable results. I want ALL options open for myself and my animals’ health.

    Please reconsider this proposal and instead of banning an additional, viable option for health, embrace the possibilities of the practice of Homeopathy and educate yourselves, with the help of your animals so that you may be able to offer MORE to your patients in the way of health, healing and well-being.

    We believe deeply in the choice of holistic and alternative medicines/therapies for both people and pets. We have been pleased to see an emerging trend of opportunities for pets and people to be treated using such methods and encourage the American Veterinary Medical Association to support and encourage these modalities. We currently drive 150 miles to have my pets under the care of a holistic veterinarian, Dr. Trish Kallenbach, DVM, CVCP. We wish the vet was closer but are willing to make the drive due to the wealth of knowledge and skill of this exceptional vet.
    Without question, “traditional” veterinarians are highly skilled, highly trained and equally as caring. Our family however has decided to seek a more holistic approach to health care for both the people and pets in our family. We recognize that a holistic, homeopathic approach is in reality, a RETURN to traditional “old-fashioned” and time-tested methods of care, combined with the wisdom and technology of today’s world.
    Please recognize, support, and encourage holistic, homeopathic veterinary practices! Give people the opportunity and freedom to make informed choices for the health care of their pets.
    Thank you,
    The Martin Family