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In October 2021, BKTD issued a contribution to the “EU-Conference on the Future of Europe” on the future of CAM therapists in animal health care. You can support it by liking and sharing this declaration on the Conference's website:

https://futureu.europa.eu/

The text is as follows:

Preservation and promotion of complementary and alternative medicine for animals in the EU

Complementary and alternative medicine for animals contributes to

  • ensuring animal health, thus making it a valuable addition to veterinary care
  • the prevention of animal diseases
  • the prevention of AMR (antimicrobial resistances)
  • the protection of the environment.

Professions practicing CAM must be given legal frameworks that allow them to practice freely within the EU.

The member states of the EU should therefore

  • value and recognize animal health practitioners as an independent profession,
  • guarantee freedom of therapy to animal health practitioners,
  • preserve the availability of human medicines that have proven harmless to humans, animals and the environment (in particular homeopathic and herbal remedies) as well as their use to animal health practitioners,
  • preserve CAM treatments (in particular leeches, TEN, TCM, neural therapy) and promote them as contributing to animal health,
  • recognize animal health practitioners as a (state-recognized) profession that requires training,
  • allow animal owners to choose between CAM and conventional medicine in accordance with animal welfare laws,
  • fully involve animal health practitioners as stakeholders in public deliberation processes regarding animal health and pharmacovigilance,
  • maintain and promote the quality of remedies intended for use in animals, e. g. by defining manufacturing standards and keeping homeopathic remedies compulsory in pharmacies.

Translation: Max Helmich

Berufsverband klassischer Tierhomöopathen Deutschlands e.V., engl. Professional Association of Homeopathic Practitioners for Animals in Germany, https://www.bktd.com