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Review of CVMA General Position Statement - By member Moe Milstein, DVM

The following is a proposed position statement from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) regarding CAVM. It resembles the wording in the recent AVMA model practice act discussed on this site and for which a letter campaign was activated. I have included my response to the CVMA as an attachment.

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AVMA's proposed Model Veterinary Practice Act
An open letter to the AVMA Practice Act Task Force

The AVMA is attempting to formulate a Model Veterinary Practice Act, and, unfortunately, they seem to be intent upon "pleasing ALL veterinary practitioners," even ones who have elected to employ unproven, disproved and/or irrational "alternatives" to scientific biomedicine. (For details, see http://www.avma.org/education/mvpa/default.asp and, for a PDF copy of the proposed act, http://www.avma.org/education/mvpa/mvpa_commentary.pdf). We feel this move is in the best interests of neither the public, veterinary patients, nor the veterinary profession. We have written the following "open letter" to the AVMA Practice Act Task Force. The letter was ultimately forwarded to the AVMA and other appropriate entities. For a list of signatory parties, see here.

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2001 AVMA Guidelines for Complementary and Alternative Medicine:

In June of 1998 supporters submitted a letter to the AVMA challenging the highly promotional 1996 "Guidelines for Alternative and Complementary Veterinary Medicine". A list of the veterinarians, scientists, consumer advocates, animal welfare advocates, and concerned citizens world-wide who added their endorsements and comments to the letter is now available on-line. In April of 1999 the AVMA finally seated a task force of 9 veterinarians to review the "Guidelines." On December 15, 2000, the "proposed 2001 Guidelines" were posted to the AVMA Website for public review and comment. They remained posted through February 1, 2001, and the final document will be submitted to the AVMA house of delegates in April. The new guidelines emphasize the all-important role of science in the consideration of all therapies- including "complementary and alternative" ones. (The word "science" did not appear even once in the 1996 Guidelines.)

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ANTECH Diagnostics and bogus laboratory tests / services:

ANTECH Diagnostics is a major provider of veterinary clinical diagnostic laboratory services in the U.S. Recently, ANTECH, in conjunction with BioNutritional Diagnostics, has offered veterinarians and their clients an extremely dubious "for-fee-service" described as "BioNutritional Analysis." If veterinarians and clients are willing to fill out a "questionnaire" and submit blood samples from animals which, on the basis of physical examination, medical history-taking, and previous blood chemistry analysis, are perfectly normal, BND's homeopathic and naturopathic "analysts" will determine which "homeopathic, nutraceutical, mineral, and vitamin "supplements" are required to return said patients to "optimum" condition and performance. Of course, they will also be more than happy to provide, at considerable cost, the "customized" homeopathic- nutraceutical- nutritional - supplemental (etc.) nostrum required to "correct" such problems in one's entirely normal pet/horse/animal. This pseudomedical nonsense is so egregious that both proponents and critics of "alternative" veterinary therapeutic claims have written a letter to ANTECH voicing their outrage. Anyone wishing to endorse said letter protesting ANTECH's investment in such medical humbug should contact Dave Ramey. We will be happy to add your name to the growing list of signatories.

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Joel Wallach, DVM, ND:

Don't forget to check out our Joel Wallach, DVM, ND file. "Dead doctors" may not lie, but it seems pretty clear some "live veterinarians" do!

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AAFCO and TFVS on unapproved substances in animal foods

The Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc (AAFCO), has recently come under fire after announcing its intent to enforce existing laws assuring the safety, efficacy and purity of ingredients in pet foods, animal feeds and supplements. These laws have largely been ignored by some pet food manufacturers, supplement, and "nutraceutical" entrepreneurs.

At the request of the AAFCO, we have provided a position paper dealing with undefined and unapproved substances in animal food products.
 

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