Rigorous, well-designed clinical trials for many complementary and alternative therapies are often lacking; therefore the safety and effectiveness of many therapies are uncertain. This is doubly true in veterinary medicine. In recent years, the federal government has begun funding studies in humans through its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and numerous academic medical centers around the country are privately working in the field. And yet research in the veterinary realm remains underwhelming.
Our Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine seeks to explore and share new information in the field, and we seek partnership with veterinary medical professionals who have interest in exploring the safety and effectiveness of these therapies.
The Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine at Saint Francis is working with Standard Process to develop the nation’s first CE tract at a mainstream veterinary conference. This May, at CVC-DC, Dr. Mark Newkirk, Director of CCAM, will offer the first lecture of this series.
For the most comprehensive information, we take guidance from the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, which is the agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services responsible for biomedical and health-related research.
This is far from a perfect source since the NIH focuses research on human medicine, not veterinary medicine, but to date research in the veterinary industry has been fragmented and unfocused. We hope to contribute to the development and dissemination of veterinary information with the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Saint Francis, but for now we offer the following NIH information sources for your education: