Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. What is Alternative Medicine?
A. Alternative 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).
Q. Can Alternative Medicine apply to all species?
A. Alternative Medicine is applicable to each and every animal. However, some therapies will lend themselves more easily to application 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 an alternative 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, work is usually less expensive.
Q. Will my insurance pay?
A. Most insurance policies allow for alternative 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 the treatment is performed by a vet (alternative vet) and should be handled under general veterinary cover.
Q. What is the legal position regarding alternative 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.
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