History and Evolution of Veterinary Homeopathy

Homeopathy (veterinary homoeopathy), a safe, effective and powerful form of medicine, uses the principle discovered and developed by Dr Samuel Hahnemann in Saxony during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The symptoms that a substance can induce are discovered by means of ‘proving’ – tests on healthy human beings.

In 1982 the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons (BAHVS) was formed, as a focal point for homeopathic vets. The first veterinary courses commenced at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital. In April 1986, the International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy was founded in Luxembourg. In 2001, the first examination and qualification in basic (first-year) homeopathy was established. It was also the year of the emergence of the first Veterinary Repertory. There is now therefore a thriving UK homeopathic vet community and an equally healthy international homeopathic vet community.

Homeopathy and veterinary Homeopathy were developed very extensively by Hahnemann. They did not stop developing, with Hahnemann’s death, however. So-called ‘classical homeopathy’, developed around the notion of giving a single remedy, based on the totality of signs. Using multiple remedies (called ‘complexes’), often with a ‘clinical indication’ also developed widely in Germany and France. Some practitioners like to use low potencies, some prefer high potencies. The extensive range of medicines (pharmacopoeia) left by Hahnemann has grown over the years, as has our understanding of it. Hahnemann’s original ideas on miasms (applicable in chronic disease analysis) have been massively extended by some authors. The list of homeopathic medicines now available to the homeopathic vet runs into several thousand, making ways of grouping remedies vital to our ability to comprehend and use them to best advantage. This approach also helps in analysis of complex cases. The miasmatic approach is of value in this, as is grouping remedies according to source materials (e.g. Kingdoms, Orders and Families). The teaching of homeopathy has developed accordingly.

While the veterinary homeopathy of today is highly developed from Hahnemann’s original, with much greater scope for the homeopathic vet.

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