Comparison of veterinary drugs and veterinary homeopathy: part 2

Vet Rec. 2017 Aug 19;181(8):198-207. doi: 10.1136/vr.104279.


Part 2 of this narrative review outlines the theoretical and practical bases for assessing the efficacy and effectiveness of conventional medicines and homeopathic products. Known and postulated mechanisms of action are critically reviewed. The evidence for clinical efficacy of products in both categories, in the form of practitioner experience, meta-analysis and systematic reviews of clinical trial results, is discussed. The review also addresses problems and pitfalls in assessing data, and the ethical and negative aspects of pharmacology and homeopathy in veterinary medicine.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Animal Diseases / therapy*
  • Animals
  • Homeopathy / veterinary*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Veterinary Drugs / therapeutic use*


  • Veterinary Drugs