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Dr Danny Chambers - ...Quack Quack there: Pseudoscience in veterinary practice

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Skeptics on the Fringe presents:
Dr Danny Chambers, Veterinary Surgeon at Langford Vets, University of Bristol - A Quack Quack here and a Quack Quack there - Pseudoscience in veterinary practice

You may be surprised to hear that the anti-vaccination movement is not restricted to human medicine – animal owners are increasingly turning their back on conventional medicine and seeking out unproven alternatives such as homeopathy or chiropractic - often at the detriment of their animal’s health. You might be even more surprised to learn about the myriad other forms of pseudoscience animals are subjected to, including the common practice of ‘horse psychics’. Danny Chambers will discuss the use of pseudoscience encountered in veterinary practice, and the implications this has on both animal and human health and wellbeing.

Danny grew up on a farm in Devon, graduated from Liverpool Vet School, and has written about and campaigned against the use of pseudoscience in veterinary practice for several years. He was described as the 'veterinary Ben Goldacre' at two different conferences recently.

Danny has a particular interest in the concept of 'One Health' - the recognition that human and animal health is interlinked, and as a result he has worked on veterinary projects that benefit both human and animal health in India, Iraq, Morocco and The Gambia.

He enjoys mountain biking (badly) and playing the guitar (badly).

Danny occasionally writes for New Scientist magazine.

Twitter - @DannyVet
Instagram - @danny_the_vet

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