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Integrated Veterinary Medicine

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Q. What is Integrated Medicine?

A. Integrated Medicine should be a matter of putting the patient first, ahead of medical doctrine or prejudice. It is usually associated with natural medicines as a stimulus to healing (e.g. acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs – herbalism – herbal medicine) but may also, where necessary for welfare, include conventional medicine or conventional interventions. Integrated veterinary medicine applies to animals. It is also applicable to integrated diagnostic efforts, using the insights and approaches of more than one therapeutic discipline to throw light on a patient's situation.

Q. Why is it important to integrate?

A. Different therapies work at different levels and in different ways. If they are not properly integrated, they may conflict or summate, often to the detriment of the patient.

Q. Can Integrated Medicine apply to all species?

A. Integrated Medicine is applicable to each and every animal. All that is necessary is that the veterinary surgeon (holistic veterinarian) should know how to select therapies and integrate them, for the good of the patient.

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 integrative 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, however, when first meeting the patient. Thereafter, costs usually diminish.

Q. Will my insurance pay?

A. Most insurance policies allow for integrated medicine to be used on your animal. However, some will try to marginalise it under ‘complimentary 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 and should be handled under general veterinary cover.

Q. What is the legal position regarding integrated 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: Integrated Veterinary Medicine, Holistic Medicine & Holistic Vet

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