AVMA House of Delegates Refers Resolution to Discredit Homeopathy to Committee; Comments Will Be Considered

Within hours of today’s American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates Winter Session, the AVMA’s decision regarding whether or not to discredit homeopathy was reported to the public in the form of a special AVMA blog post.

A resolution on veterinary homeopathy submitted by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association was referred to the Council on Veterinary Services of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

As reported on the Jurga Report last week, the AVMA’s leadership had received a resolution from the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association requesting an official action from the veterinary organization that would discredit the practice of homeopathy in animal medicine.

The proposal caused a vocal reaction among both AVMA members and the public, as well as official rebuttals of a white paper critical of homeopathy that accompanied the resolution. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Academy for Veterinary Homeopathy both responded with documentation of their own.

But today’s action, as reported in the special blog report, means that the Connecticut resolution will be referred to an existing body within the AVMA that is equipped to evaluate specific veterinary practices.

While the House of Delegates technically had procedural power to vote on the resolution today, it chose instead to refer the resolution to the Executive Committee with the advise that they in turn refer the matter to the AVMA Council on Veterinary Services.

“The wheels are already in motion to provide avenues for member and public comment on this,” the AVMA said. “Please be patient and give us some time to get the mechanism in place. I assure you that we will provide ample time for responses and we will announce the opportunity here, online and in our social media channels.”

Read the AVMA@Work blog post on the homeopathy resolution’s outcome.

Photo courtesy of Karel?Hladky.




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