International Conference for Innovative Veterinary Medicine – November 2017

Caroline Ingraham News

Caroline Ingraham With Tom CouzensCaroline is delighted to have been asked to speak at the conference, introducing Applied Zoopharmacognosy to vets from across the world.

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Quote from conference programme:

“Most innovations come from practice"

That is exactly why we organize this yearly international conference for innovative veterinary medicine. We find new ways of treatment through practice and this spurs us on to discover the intersections between conventional and complementary (earlier: alternative) veterinary medicine.

Nowadays, the antimicrobial resistance problem is putting pressure on veterinary medicine to reduce their antibiotic usage dramatically. What do veterinarians turn to then? Conventional veterinarians then knock on the doors of their complementary colleagues.

Among other things, we know that medicines such as morphine come from the Papaver, digitalis from the Foxglove and aspirin from the Willow and yet, over 3000 years of enormous potential of phytotherapeutic heritage has been ignored by modern medicine until now. Thanks to the practical experience of hardworking colleagues all over the world, often against the veterinary mainstream, a wealth of hypotheses that can provide a wonderful foundation for further scientific research had been generated. Moreover, it is noteworthy that conventional researchers always strive to isolate an active substance and thus completely ignore the plant as a whole thus also ignoring the natural synergy of the ingredients. We understand that you can patent and make money with such isolated substances; which obviously cannot be done with the plant itself.

Modern (veterinary) medicine aims to focus on a specific organ or a specific bodily function and often completely ignores inter-relationships between organs and bodily functions within the body. At the university veterinarians don’t learn thinking and acting holistically, almost certainly due to the fact that in conventional western veterinary medicine there exists no holistic thinking and the conventional therapeutic package is also not geared to a holistic vision.

The complementary practicing veterinarian though has inherited this in his or her complementary education and therefore thinks more holistically. We propose that the use of the term ‘holistic’ be replaced by the term ‘systems’ veterinary medicine as we already work with the terms: systems biology, systems medicine and systems psychology. So we need to look further into the individual patient as a whole, but also as part of its environment, with interrelationships to humans and other animals. And so to be more ecological, we must also keep herbs as an option in mind. Let us strive for the full integration of all forms of medicine to achieve better quality care our patients deserve!