Integrative Medicine has been defined as a system that combines mainstream medical therapies and complementary medical therapies. For us that means therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness.
At the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre, we offer the latest developments in conventional medical diagnosis, treatment and surgical care alongside, as part of our core service, osteopathy, homeopathy and acupuncture as and when they are required.
Andrew Prentis began his interest in osteopathic medicine in the 1980's, attending post graduate courses at the British School of Osteopathy and establishing an osteopathic clinic for animals in Putney with renowned osteopath Jeremy Gilbey. At the Hyde Park Veterinary Centre, osteopath Nadine Hobson has been part of the team since the start in 1998.
Homeopathy has attracted it's fair share of criticism and cynicism over the years, but we see the potential for benefit all the time and use it as part of our regular care for patients. For many years the well-known vet and homeopath Nick Thompson consulted at the clinic. More recently we have been very pleased to welcome Lise Hansen to take his place. She brings a wealth of experience in veterinary, homeopathic and acupuncture medicine.
Integrative Medicine combines the very best, scientifically validated therapies from both conventional and complementary medical systems. It has been defined as:
- A partnership between vet, patient and owner in the healing process
- Appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response
- A philosophy that neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically
- Recognition that good medicine should be based in good science, be inquiry driven, and be open to new paradigms
- Use of natural, effective, less-invasive interventions whenever possible
- Use of the broader concepts of promotion of health and the prevention of illness as well as the treatment of disease