Understanding and documenting ethnoveterinary medicine
Evelyn Mathias, October 2001
Both conventional and participatory methods have been used to
document local knowledge in general and ethnoveterinary medicine in
particular. Both approaches have their place, and their results can be
complementary and possibly cross-validate each other. Click here to get
an overview of the strategic advantages of the different methods.
The choice and mix of methods should be flexible and depend on a
study’s objectives. Important is that the study fulfils at least basic
scientific standards to counteract the frequent reproach that the data
presented are anecdotal or based on relatively small samples.
not mean to use complicated statistical methods, but sample sizes should
be large enough to be significant, and the different strata of a
community should be considered when selecting respondents from
stock-raising communities. Depending on the study’s objectives, men,
women, and children should be interviewed, poor and rich farmers,
healers and non-healers, users of ethnoveterinary medicine and
Click here for a list of references on field methods.