A petition urging the RCVS to ban vets from prescribing homeopathic treatments has gained more than 800 signatures.

Equine vet Danny Chambers wrote an open letter to the RCVS and started a petition on the change.org website.

The Government’s decision to hold a consultation into “blacklisting” homeopathy on the NHS inspired Mr Chambers to raise the issue in the veterinary profession.

Definitive stance

Petition supporters believe prescribing homeopathic treatments is an animal welfare issue that “does clients a disservice”. Image © WavebreakMediaMicro / Fotolia.

In the open letter, Mr Chambers said: “Would it not be wonderful for the veterinary profession to show its commitment to evidence-based medicine by leading the way in taking a definitive, firm stance on this matter?”

Those who sign the petition believe the RCVS should not allow members to prescribe homeopathy because, they say:

  • it devalues conventional treatments
  • it devalues conventional qualifications
  • it undermines public confidence in mainstream medicine
  • it would differentiate veterinary surgeons from unlicensed healers

Supporters also believe prescribing homeopathy does clients a disservice and claim it is also an animal welfare issue.

Similar sentiment

The Campaign for Rational Veterinary Medicine has also launched a campaign this week, urging the RCVS to issue a public position statement “that homeopathy is ineffective in animals”.

For further details of Mr Chambers’ open letter to the RCVS, or to offer your support, visit the petition page on change.org


QUICK POLL: Should the RCVS blacklist homeopathy from the treatments veterinary surgeons are allowed to offer animals and their owners?

  • No (66%, 1,760 Votes)
  • Yes (34%, 915 Votes)
  • Don't know (0%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,686

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