I’ve been involved in supporting an effort by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) to get a resolution passed by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) discouraging homeopathy. The resolution states the following:
RESOLVED, that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) affirms that—
1. Safety and efficacy of veterinary therapies should be determined by scientific investigation.
2. When sound and widely accepted scientific evidence demonstrates a given practice as ineffective or that it poses risks greater than its possible benefits, such ineffective or unsafe philosophies and therapies should be discarded.
3. In keeping with AVMA policy on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, AVMA discourages the use of therapies identified as unsafe or ineffective, and encourages the use of the therapies based upon sound, accepted principles of science and veterinary medicine.
4. Homeopathy has been conclusively demonstrated to be ineffective.
A similar resolution was adopted by the Australian Veterinary Association in March, but it seems a long shot that the AVMA will pass this one due to the few but loud voices of the Aerican Holistic Veterinary medical Association and Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, lobbying groups masquerading as groups of “specialists.”
I’ve written a bit about this effort on my blog. Should change my name to “Quixote.”