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Complementary Medicine

See also: Complementary Vet

See also: Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary - a closer look at terminology.

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Q. What is Complementary Medicine?

A. Complementary Medicine is a general and imprecise term currently accepted to include therapies that work outside the currently conventional and mainstream medical system (e.g. acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs - herbal medicine - herbalism) and usually assuming a 'supportive' role to conventional medicine. This sort of assumption ignores the fact that many therapies can stand alone, in the proper hands, without the need for conventional therapy.

Q. Can Complementary Medicine apply to all species?

A. Complementary Medicine is applicable to each and every animal. However, some therapies will lend themselves easier to apply than others, depending upon the circumstances and management of each potential patient of group of animals.

Q. What sort of cost can I expect?

A. It is always difficult to compare costs across different treatments but, in general, successful treatments by a complementary vet are very cost-effective. The AVMC's charges are usually time-based; detailed estimates of cost can be requested from our office (contact details). While the first consultation can be lengthy, overall costs for a case have usually turned out to be quite cheap, relative to many conventional options. Holistic practice inevitably requires a greater expenditure of time, when first meeting the patient. Thereafter, the work is usually less costly.

Q. Will my insurance pay?

A. Most insurance policies allow for complementary medicine methods to be used on your animal. However, some will try to marginalise it under 'complementary or alternative treatments'. This can result in reduced benefit. This appears to the AVMC to be a travesty, since here the treatment is performed by a vet and should be handled under general veterinary cover.

Q. What is the legal position regarding complementary medicine for animals?

A. The relevant legislation is the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Veterinary medicine and surgery can only be performed on animals by a qualified veterinary surgeon. Different therapies are viewed differently under this legislation, so please seek information under pages applicable to the individual therapy in question.

See also: Complementary Vet

See also: Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary - a closer look at terminology.

If you have questions not answered here, please let us know (contact details).

Back to main FAQ

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