The BAHVS has carefully considered the Position Statement of the RCVS (of the 3rd November 2017) concerning CAMs and particularly the use of homeopathic treatments.
Having taken legal advice, including counsel’s opinion, we are of the firm view that the RCVS Position Statement has no legal standing or effect. Further, it does not in any way form part of the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct and Supporting Guidance. For the avoidance of doubt, the use of homeopathic treatments is enshrined in law, supported by EU regulation and the Veterinary Medicine Regulations.
Further, the attempts by the RCVS to marginalise the use of homeopathy on the basis that it is potentially harmful to animals, has recently been rejected by George Eustice MP, the Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who during parliamentary questions on the 28th of March 2018, confirmed the department's official position:
“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 is therefore our clear and unequivocal position that the work of our members should continue as normal, as they are legally entitled to practise homeopathy as part of their practice. Clearly our members will continue to practise homeopathy in any way that, in the exercise of their clinical judgment, they believe to be in the best interests of their patients.