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Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Holistic Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Acupuncture Vet - Herbal Vet - Natural Vet

Oxfordshire (UK) - will travel

The Alternative Vet


The work of an ALTERNATIVE VET explained - Information page

Alternative Veterinary Services offered by Chris Day - Click here



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FAQ Alternative Medicine

Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding

The use of the term 'ALTERNATIVE VET' implies that a practice is offering an alternative approach to that of the mainstream service. Alternative Medicine (Alternative Veterinary Medicine) certainly does that and so do we at AVMC. That is the main reason that we chose the name 'Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre'.

At the AVMC, we have many traditional values and standards that may be seen to be part of a fading world. We also believe in clients having a wide range of options, with freedom of choice.

Chris Day, alternative vet, believes that clients should be firmly in the 'driving seat', as far as decision-making and course of action are concerned. We try to explain all procedures and medications, to the extent required by each client, thereby making informed decisions a real possibility. We do not rush to invasive, complex, expensive or high-tech procedures or interventions as a matter of course, only suggesting them if/when they become absolutely necessary for the ongoing best interests of the patient. We believe in a decent and dignified end to a good life for our animals, which may not involve over-investigation, over-intervention etc.

Because we have a different outlook on medicine, there are many of our methods, procedures, treatments and interventions which are not in line with the current usual norm of veterinary practice. This makes the practice an 'alternative vets'. In most cases, we tend towards less complex procedures, so long as patient welfare and well-being are not compromised. Hospitalisation is another procedure, which may not always be in the patient's best interests. We prefer animals to be at home if at all humanly possible. Who will sit up with a sick animal all night long? Whose face does the sick dog want to see? How many hospitalisation facilities have night checks and are not just locked up at night, with no one on site?

Because of the incredible advances in modern technology and knowledge, the natural trend is away from the simple and towards the more complex. Simpler and more traditional alternatives to these procedures are not always on offer in modern veterinary practice. One of the dangers of this trend is that modern younger vets may not learn how to function effectively without all the modern aids and client choice might suffer. Furthermore, the more technological and expensive procedure may not always be in the patient's best interests. The alternative vet recognises this and tries to retain traditional values without losing the benefit of modern advances.

We have started to build four websites, to illustrate and explain to enquiring readers what alternatives and choices may exist, under a range of circumstances, as befits an alternative vet. Please be patient as there is a lot of work involved, so they cannot emerge quickly. These will look at most forms of complementary and alternative medicine and will not forget worthwhile traditional techniques that have gradually slipped from the conventional repertoire, in our 'high-tech' times: - for cats - for dogs - for horses and ponies - for general veterinary procedures.

Of course, we do not pretend to suggest that the alternatives that will be mentioned on these sites are the only alternatives available. Alternative vets are looking into many different therapies, as their wish to provide the best for their patients drives them to look deeper than what modern conventional medicine can offer to as patient.

Please be patient, as these sites will not be built quickly. It is an extensive ongoing work.

Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary?

The Holistic Vet

The Homeopathic Vet

The Acupuncture Vet

The Herbal Vet

The Complementary Vet

The Natural Vet


Integrated Medicine

An information-only website drawn up to introduce readers to natural feeding for dogs, cats, horses & ponies

An overview of the work of a holistic vet & the therapies involved

The work of a chiropractic vet explained

The work of an acupuncture vet explained

Extract from

The US has the most thorough definition (of Alternative Medicine).

A recent European Commission report says the accepted definition in the US is: "A broad domain of healing resources that encompass all health systems, modalities and practices, and their accompanying theories and beliefs, other than those intrinsic to the politically dominant health system of a particular society or culture in a given historical period.

"It includes all such products and ideas self defined by their users as preventing or treating illness or promoting health and well-being.

"Boundaries within complementary and alternative medicine and between complementary and alternative medicine and the domain of the dominant system are not always sharp or fixed."

Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):

Homeopathic treatment

Acupuncture treatment

Herbal treatment (Phytotherapy)

Aromatherapy treatment

Chiropractic treatment

Nutritional advice - Feeding advice

LASER treatment

Ultrasound treatment

Back manipulation - Back treatment

Bach Flowers

Holistic medicine - Holistic veterinary medicine

Flower Essences

Tissue Salts

Holistic therapy - Holistic treatment - Holistic care

Holistic advice

Integrated medicine (Integrative Medicine)

Anthroposophical medicines - Anthroposophy

Natural medicine - Alternative medicine - Complementary medicine


Natural Feeding - Natural Diet


These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm but the use of alternative therapies does not do away with the need for a thorough examination and assessment. Nor does it preclude the use of modern diagnostic techniques where necessary.


A holistic vet and alternative vet will take into account all these things, in addition to closely scrutinising lifestyle, diet, environment, riding, tack, shoeing, grazing, stabling, management etc., depending upon the species.


Alternative vet at work: We see animals at the AVMC premises and we regularly visit an area stretching from Wales to London, from Devon to Kent, from South to North Midlands and from Bristol and West Midlands to the Wash and East Anglia. Visits are mainly to see horses but we can also arrange house calls (home visits) for domestic pets. We see many patients from London and visit London homes. We use acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy (essential oils), tissue salts, bach flowers, chiropractic manipulation, LASER therapy and natural feeding, in our attempts to salvage the health of our patients.


Alternative Medicine Lectures and Talks

Mr Day will give lectures or talks on many aspects of animal welfare, natural feeding, animal management, holistic medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, integrated medicine etc. These talks are usually based on experience rather than theory and reflect a 40-year career in holistic medicine and veterinary practice.

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The Therapies

Chris Day is a vet who qualified from Cambridge in 1972 and whose parents were both extremely vocational vets. He therefore studied veterinary life and veterinary medicine from a very early age. He started to use homeopathy on himself, from about ten or eleven years of age. He bought books on veterinary acupuncture and on homeopathic medicine, while at veterinary school, in 1969, where he also studied the Agricultural Sciences Tripos. He studied these and started to use vet homeopathy in his first year as a vet and developed a keen interest in Nutrition. Herbal medicine and acupuncture followed soon after. He became fascinated by chiropractic treatment in the mid-nineteen-seventies. All this explains his holistic approach, his dedication to patient care and his integrated use of the different therapies, each having been carefully built on the previously-studied techniques. He thus has many years of experience in the various therapies and has been brought up in an environment in which patient care was always paramount.

Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

Holistic Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Acupuncture Vet - Herbal Vet - Natural Vet

Copyright AVMC and Christopher Day

Alternative vet, also known as: alternative veterinary surgeon - alternative veterinarian

N.B.: At the AVMC, we try not to be 'bogged down' by terminology or ideology. Much argument accompanies discussions on nomenclature. We do not mind whether we are called holistic, complementary, alternative or natural. Likewise, it does not matter whether we are described as a holistic, natural, herbal, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture or integrated veterinary practice. The medicine we practise is the best we can offer, for each patient and it matters not whether it is perceived as holistic medicine, alternative medicine, complementary medicine, natural medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM - CAVM) or integrated medicine. We offer traditional standards of professional care, in an integrated package. Although we almost exclusively use alternative therapies, seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy, we do not shun conventional therapy, per se, considering its worth in each case.

Alternative vet at AVMC - Putting the patient first


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