Over the past several years, there has been a resurgence of intuitive and subjective practices in the world of veterinary medicine that seems to have paralleled what has been going on in the human realm. Many of the posts on this small blog have, in some way or another, repeatedly lamented the slow insidious dilution of reason that pops up in many places in the world of medicine.
To some, this might seem like a broken record and they may be right. I might touch on some particular pseudo-medical related topic and discuss some of the crucial issues that make them disturbing themes. Through it all though, there is a continual thread of discussion that belies a very basic need medical practitioners and patients need to exercise.
It is simply that critical thought and reason are irreplaceable tools without which the allure of “crank” science and belief based medicine -along with the dangers they pose- would quickly begin to overwhelm whatever truth we have thus far managed to eek out over the last one hundred years.
At times, this is indeed a theme that tends to go around in circles. The same old thing again and again, one dubious practice after another all sharing the same neglect towards critical evaluation while bathing in self deception. On the other hand, because of this very problem, it is necessary work to combat this at a time- ever more so today- when there seems to be a slide back into the slime of pre-enlightenment medicine; a place of increasing delusion where snake oil and charlatans all have equal say with real medicine and effective care is drowned in a sea of anarchic turbulence.
In an effort to grasp just how bad things might be, it is important to gauge to what degree this creeping anarchy (better known as CAM and CAVM) has succeeded in penetrating into the foundations of today’s medicine. A good place to start would be to monitor the prevalence of these modalities -not just across the realm of general practice where it thrives for the moment- but in some critical and pivotal place where CAVM could directly influence the concept of medicine itself.
What could be more crucial a place than the very halls of academia- where young professional minds begin their journey as physicians and veterinarians? In fact, Orac and Dr RW have long warned of this creeping infiltration of
It is in the fine tradition of copying a great idea that I will attempt to create a list of those veterinary institutions that may have some type of pseudo-scientific modality infiltrating their “sacred” halls.
It seems the job at hand might be easier as there are far fewer veterinary schools (27) in the
1) Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine
4) The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine (externships)
5) Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (continuing education)
6) Tufts Cummings
(The holistic veterinary medicine club)
13) Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (elective complement med)
15) Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
This list -even if you take out the two student chapter associations- represents 48% of the veterinary universities in the
Over all, it seems that infiltration of CAVM is not uncommon in academic veterinary hospitals, though it is often relegated to less obvious pain management or "support" areas-