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Veterinary education in alternative and complementary medicine and information in the internet on the subject are limited. The objective was to develop an internet based information system (http://www.oekovet.de) to support the practitioners decisions and interventions in practice. An innovative concept for the compilation of a literature review was developed and implemented. It comprises a daily growing data base with 240 articles in English and German as of today. The information content, material and methods, the presentation and practicability of the articles were systematically evaluated, based on a developed evaluation scheme. A total of 44 publications containing information about alternative treatments of reproductive disorders in cattle e.g. endometritis, retained placenta and anoestrous are reviewed. The evaluated publications about reproductive disorders comprised 22 clinical trials (50,0 %), 6 papers about personal experience (13,6 %) and 16 opinions of experts (36,4 %). Only three publications about clinical trials obtained for the criteria material and methods the grade “satisfactory”. Twelve publications were graded as “adequate” and seven articles as “inadequate”. According to the results veterinary knowledge about alternative treatments of reproductive disorders in cattle is mainly based on inadequately conducted or insufficiently described clinical trials or on personal experiences. The need for well conducted, randomized controlled clinical trials is obvious.