Closing the circle – from research to reality

Many years ago in another life, in another career, I became passionate about ethnoveterinary medicine (EVM). This arcane subject, also known as traditional veterinary knowledge, received my undivided attention for a number of years. I first learnt about this area of indigenous knowledge from Professor Denis Fielding of Edinburgh University’s Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine where I was studying for my Masters in Tropical Animal Production and Health. It appeared that in every culture, in every civilisation the world over where animals were being raised for meat, milk and fibre, people had discovered plants with medicinal properties to treat a multitude of livestock ailments. Continue reading