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Complementary Vet

Complementary Medicine is a term often used to describe the various forms of Natural Medicine, Holistic Medicine, Alternative Medicine (also known as natural therapies, alternative therapies, holistic therapies etc.). Sometimes, the term Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is used. The veterinary equivalent for animals is Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine (CAVM).

At the AVMC, although we do not like to become embroiled in semantics and terminology, the term is rather meaningless, in that it begs the question: what is 'complementary' to what? If one were to use conventional medicine to support an acupuncture treatment, the conventional medicine would be the 'complementary medicine' in that context. As the term is so context-dependent and therefore so open to interpretation and confusion, we prefer not to use it.

See also: Complementary, Holistic, Natural or Alternative? and FAQ Complementary Medicine

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

Anthroposophical medicines - Anthroposophy

Natural medicine - Alternative medicine - Complementary medicine


Integrated medicine (Integrative medicine)

Natural Feeding - Natural Diet


These approaches to treatment 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 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.

Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding

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.


Complementary 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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N.B. Spelling: 'complementary', not 'complimentary'

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