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Chris Day has been a holistic vet for over 35 years. He started in homeopathic medicine in 1972 but began to expand into other areas and holistic practice a few years later. He is the UK's longest-serving homeopathic vet, with over 40 years of experience in the field.

A HOLISTIC VET (holistic veterinarian) is one who practises his or her medicine and animal care according to holistic principles (holism). This may mean that the medicine used is homeopathy (homoeopathy), acupuncture, herbal medicine (herbs), other type of natural medicine or a combination of any or all of these, used with a holistic methodology. It may even be that some who practise modern conventional medicine have a holistic outlook (but their medicine methods cannot be called holistic, since conventional drug medicine is intentionally used according to more reductionist principles and indications).

The holistic vet realises that he or she must treat the whole (i.e. mind, body and spirit in the context of environment and lifestyle), in order to achieve optimum results. The special factors that impinge on each of our species and types of animals must be studied and understood, in order to follow the true causes of disease and to be able to minimise or eliminate them.

The holistic vet, when studying a patient and setting out to treat or to advise, must take into account all aspects of diet, lifestyle, environment, circumstance and activity, in order properly to be able to understand the situation and to be able to stand a chance of effecting real healing.

Truly holistic vets will offer holistic veterinary advice, i.e. they will tailor advice to suit the individual patient in its particular surroundings and circumstances and will offer advice embracing all factors that impinge upon the patient. This is a sympathetic and caring approach.

AVMC - 40 years of experience in the field of holistic vet medicine - 1st in the UK - Click here

In the USA, it appears that a veterinarian who uses a spectrum of natural, alternative and complementary medicines is called a holistic veterinarian. This interpretation of the meaning of holistic vet is well demonstrated by the article in Wikipedia:  (at the time of writing on 10th June 2010). According to the UK understanding, however, it is the methodology that makes one a holistic vet, rather than the systems of medicine applied. One might only use one medical system but still practise it in a truly holistic way. This is simply a matter of varying definitions and common usage.

Of course, it is also possible that a vet may aspire to use homeopathy, acupuncture or other alternative, without being truly holistic, preferring instead to use a more reductionist philosophy and approach. This is relatively common but is not the work of a truly 'holistic vet'. Genuine holistic vet medicine is a life's work, is very demanding and becomes a way of life. It is understandably not for everyone.

Systems of medicine that are truly and intentionally holistic in their basic approach are acupuncture (as part of TCM, not as a 'stand-alone procedure) and homeopathy. Most holistic vets will use both of these therapies (but, it must be said, not always integrated). In both Traditional Chinese Medicine (with acupuncture incorporated) and Homeopathy, the lifestyle, diet, responses to foods, working life, leisure activities, emotions, likes and dislikes, responses to climate and weather and general appearance and demeanour of the patient are taken into account as a basic requirement of the therapeutic method. When writing about the homeopathic method, Hahnemann was explicit about this. For those readers who want to see the formal holistic ancestry for these therapies for themselves, I suggest for Acupuncture, read Ted Kapchuk's book Chinese Medicine - The Web that has no Weaver and for Homeopathy, read Hahnemann's Organon of Rational Medicine. Herbal Medicine is also often used in a holistic way but holism is not formally an integral part of the basic methodology in the same way. The practice of Ayurvedic medicine is also holistic but the author does not have direct experience in this field, widespread though it is on the Indian Sub-Continent.

The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other species:

At the AVMC, we use no chemical herbicides, pesticides, fly sprays, artificial plant foods, deodorisers or air fresheners and our reagents used in the house and veterinary premises (cleaners and disinfectants) are natural and ecologically-friendly. Visiting animals appear to recognise and appreciate this immediately.

At the AVMC, we use exhaustive holistic methodology, with integrated alternative and complementary medicine methods. Chris Day, holistic vet, vet homeopath, vet herbalist and vet acupuncturist has more than 40 years of experience in the field and is willing to share experiences, understanding and ideas with veterinary colleagues, veterinary students and animal 'owners'. He offers holistic vet advice and holistic care for each and every patient. We are Oxfordshire based but will travel to patients, whatever the species.

Note: Sometimes, we are asked just to treat one of a horse's problems and not to bother about whatever else may be wrong or that we might find at the examination. This is not possible, as a holistic vet using holistic therapies such as acupuncture or homeopathy, in that it is the horse himself (or cat, dog, pony or other animal patient) that we are treating, not one of the symptoms or signs of disease shown by the patient. We treat the horse and the horse is the one who heals. All the symptomatology, taken together, provides the necessary 'picture' of the patient. Hippocrates is credited with saying that: 'The physician treats, Nature heals'. This means that we cannot target one specific part of the picture, nor should we, as holistic vets, leave correctible problems unattended (e.g. ill-fitting saddle, bad shoeing etc.), as these will impede the healing process and potentially lead to problems further down the line (quite apart from the obvious health and welfare aspects). Axiom: avoidable problems should be avoided.

In the tradition of a holistic vet, Chris works on the whole animal, to try to stimulate a return to health and to study and to remove any possible obstacle to recovery. This holistic vet approach is applied to farm animals, horses, dogs, cats, ponies and any other species that may be brought into his care.

We also offer holistic vetting of horses and ponies, pre-purchase.

Synonyms: 'Holism' and 'Holistic' are sometimes written 'Wholism' and 'Wholistic'.

N.B.: When a case is referred to us, it is much more helpful to receive the entire medical history, rather than selected detail from it. The holistic methodology and treatment are more effective, when based on the full medical history.

Holistic vet at work: We see animals for holistic vet consultation 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.

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The Therapies

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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


The holistic vet must study and understand all the special factors that impinge on each of our species and types of animals, in order to follow the true causes of disease and to be able to minimise or eliminate them.

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The Therapies

Chris Day, holistic vet and natural vet, 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, respecting traditional standards of veterinary care and treatment. 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 vet 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.

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AVMC - 25 years old in March 2012!

Having used alternative medicine since 1972, Chris Day established the AVMC as a dedicated Holistic Veterinary practice in March 1987.

With 40 years of experience in the field, Chris is the UK's longest serving homeopathic vet and holistic vet.


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Brief biographic detail: Christopher Day was one of the first holistic vets in the UK, if not the first of an emerging group, who use holistic methodology to support patients in their efforts to recover. He established what was possibly the first dedicated holistic vet practice in the UK, in 1987. Having qualified in 1972 and having started down the road to holistic veterinary practice from then, he is one of the most experienced holistic veterinarians.

Also known as: holistic veterinary surgeon - holistic veterinarian

Holistic 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.

N.B.: At the AVMC, we try not to be 'bogged down' by terminology or ideology. Much argument accompanies discussions on nomenclature - not here. 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.

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