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Our Philosophy About the Treatment of Cancer
There are two schools of thought about veterinary medicine. One believes that only conventional (sometimes referred to as modern) veterinary medicine should be used to care for a pet. Another school thinks the “old ways” of holistic and homeopathic care (often referred to as complementary medicine) is the better route. We believe that both approaches can provide meaningful and different benefits to the animal. We subscribe to the emerging school of thought that seeks to integrate the best of both worlds for the benefit of the animal. It is called integrative care.
Members seeking a grant from The Riedel & Cody Fund are welcome to submit a grant request that utilizes a sound integrative approach provided by a team made up of a board certified oncologist, surgeon or radiologist (the conventional source), combined with qualified holistic and complementary care service providers (the traditional source). Members also include their family veterinarian as part of the treatment team. All of these providers must be identified as part of the grant application process in order to receive funding from RCF.
We do not become involved in deciding upon who should be on your team* or their proposed treatment. However, we do require that certain services, such as chemotherapy, complex surgeries or radiology be administered by a board certified veterinarian in the interest of the animal being treated.
The funds you raise through this website or that are provided to you as a grant must be paid directly to the mutually agreed upon veterinarians and holistic veterinary professionals on your team. Many of them will likely already be affiliated with RCF.
Members will find lists of qualified sources from both worlds on the website. However, RCF is a source of funding, information and support.
In all, our shared goal is to make sure that everything that could and should be done to help your animal in his or her time of need will be done.
You might like to view the profiles of oncologists and holistic and complementary specialists, or find those located in your area who have elected to affiliate with RCF.
*Note: The medical team you have proposed to treat your pet does not have to be affiliated with RCF to receive funding for your pet’s cancer treatments. However, RCF will contact these providers directly and qualify them to receive funds on your behalf. They will be required to comply with the same terms and conditions as our affiliated members as to how the funds can be used.