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    Opinions sought by Harper Adams scholar on the use of holistic and homeopathic pet remedies

    Posted 24 March 2022

    A selfie of Musteyde Karagil

    The views of pet owners and professionals on the use of holistic and homeopathic remedies are being investigated by a Harper Adams student for her Honours Research Project. 

    BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science final year student Musteyde Karagil, from Hackney, wants to find out how public and professional perceptions of the remedies influence their use in the treatment of ailments in cats and dogs.  

    As part of her research, Musteyde is running a survey to find out more, which can be found here.

    She said: “The dispute against the use of alternative therapies such as holistic and homeopathy has always been under discussion, but the consumers and professionals' opinions are never considered. 

    “This survey is seeking an insight into alternative therapies that are used outside of conventional veterinary medicine, assessing if they are beneficial to animals, and analysing the public`s perception to the use of alternative therapy and if it will impact on whether the use of alternative therapy in the future.” 

    Musteyde was drawn to study Bioveterinary Science through her appreciation of animals – and the career options which the course can offer. 

    She said: “The course was an opportunity to explore and love animals, so I knew that I would enjoy leaning about them. This course also allows other options to be available even after you graduate, whether you want to do a masters, PhD or veterinary medicine.

    “I would recommend this course to those who have the drive to take the initiative to research into science, to want to fully understand the mechanisms of what occurs on a biological level, and to recognise what solutions there may be for future advancements.” 

    During her industrial placement year, Musteyde worked at the Blue Cross animal hospital in London, Victoria. 

    She added: “I had two roles, firstly was to support the pet health assistants on reception, and the second was a laboratory assistant on site.

    “On days when I was in the laboratory, my repertoire of knowledge vastly expanded and built on from what I had learned from my first-year module in laboratory techniques. This gave me an advantage as I already had the background knowledge on how to compose myself within a lab.” 

    Having drawn upon her studies regularly during her placement, Musteyde added that both the opportunities for interaction – and the knowledge of its lecturers – have made her course at Harper worthwhile. 

    She said: “Harper Adams has array of facilities to support you academically and the interaction you gain with a diversity of animals is what drew me here. 

    “The lecturers at Harper really care about their students, and their passion for teaching really shows.“

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