Homeopathy and DEFRA

Question asked in Parliament – 13 March 2018


by David Tredinnick (Bosworth) (Con)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Veterinary Medicine: Homoeopathy

David Tredinnick (Bosworth)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has any evidence which shows that homeopathic vets are a risk to animal welfare by using homeopathy as an alternative treatment to pharmaceutical treatment options.

Already 18,000 signatures in favour of homeopathy (and CAM)

Answered by: George Eustice 28 March, 2018

The department does not have any evidence that shows that homeopathic vets are a risk to animal welfare by using homeopathy as an alternative treatment to conventional medicine options.

“It should be noted that ‘conventional’ medicines are required to be licensed by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate. Such products will have undergone clinical trials before receiving a market authorisation – this covers efficacy, safety and an assessment of risks versus benefits. 


Some homeopathic remedies are registered under the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. However, this is a very different process and such products do not undergo the same detailed evaluation – notably efficacy is not considered.”

Support from the public has never been stronger

Copyright 2018, British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons

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