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OVMA Position Statements August 2017

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OVMA 420 Bronte Street South, Suite 205, Milton, Ontario L9T 0H9 T. 905.875.0756 or 1.800.670.1702 (toll-free) F. 905.875.0958 or 1.877.482.5941 (toll-free) OVMA Position Statement – Complementary and Alternative Medicine The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) believes that the use of Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) on animals constitutes the practice of veterinary medicine. The Association also holds that these therapies should only be offered in the context of a valid veterinary/client/patient relationship and that informed client consent must be obtained. Clients should be informed of conventional diagnostic and therapeutic options that are applicable and available. OVMA also believes that it is incumbent upon veterinarians who use alternative and complementary therapies to become adequately trained in their application. The OVMA believes that all veterinary medicine, including CAVM, should be held to the same standards. Claims for safety and efficacy ultimately should be proven by the scientific method. Circumstances commonly require that veterinarians extrapolate information when formulating a course of therapy. Veterinarians should exercise caution in such circumstances. Practices and philosophies that are ineffective or unsafe should be discarded. It is not the intent of this position statement to determine or describe the relative value of the individual modalities. (September 24, 2014 Board)

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