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Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre

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

Oxfordshire (UK) - will travel

The Natural Vet

Chris Day is a natural vet with over 40 years of experience working in Natural Medicine for animals - our premises is also run on natural lines, with organic gardening, ecological cleaning and no chemicals

We operate in a relaxed rural farmhouse setting, putting patients at their ease

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Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding

The use of the term 'NATURAL VET' implies that a practice is offering only natural medicine for animal patients.

The Natural Vet uses natural medicine (natural veterinary medicine)?

Nature is precious

Why isn't the word 'natural' in our name?

When we opened the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre, we thought long and hard about choosing a suitable name for it. This was a useful exercise, clarifying our thoughts and ensuring that we better understood what we were really doing in our daily work. We could have taken the name 'natural vet' but foresaw snags. Here's some of the reasoning.

Natural vet is a comfortable title but it is worth looking a little deeper, so that we understand what is behind the name. It probably indicates to the modern reader that the vet uses one or more forms of 'natural medicine' or 'alternative medicine' e.g. Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy or Homeopathy. It is a tricky term, however, as it can be pedantically argued that many of those so-called 'alternatives' are NOT exactly 'natural'. Of course, there are many that are (e.g., herbs, but only when not extracted or purified).

Acupuncture can hardly be called 'natural', in that it involves needling. However, it does elicit and exploit a natural response in the body. It is a therapy commonly used by a 'natural vet'.

Aromatherapy pushes the boundaries, in that it uses volatile distillates of plants, a method of preparation not found in nature. However, the medicines are derived from Nature and one would not be surprised if a 'natural vet' were to use its benefits.

Homeopathy uses extreme dilution and potentisation which, it may be argued, are methods of preparation not found in nature. However, homeopathy certainly uses many wholly natural substances as source material for these dilutions but it also uses some remedies that are not 'natural' in their origins, rather being derived from man-made substances (e.g. a homeopathic potency of a drug or chemical). Homeopathy certainly elicits and exploits a natural response phenomenon, without risk of toxicity or side effect. One would expect a natural vet to use some homeopathy.

Herbal Medicine, when it uses unadulterated plant material, is a truly 'natural' therapy. However, there is a modern trend towards extracting supposed 'active ingredients', purifying and refining them and even modifying them. This process takes herbal medicine out of the 'natural' category and involves some potential dangers. For some reason, modern mankind has to tinker with everything. At the AVMC, we prefer herbs in their natural state. A 'natural vet' is likely to shun such altered herbal medicines but readily accept natural herbal medicines, in their unadulterated and holistic state.

LASER Therapy is far from 'natural' but it elicits and exploits an entirely natural response in the animal patient, for its therapeutic benefits. It is even thought to be able to stimulate the activity of stem cells, thus promoting advanced and exceptional natural healing responses. A 'natural vet' might therefore use LASER therapy.

Chiropractic Manipulation is arguably 'natural', in that it uses no artificial process, although the technique has been devised by mankind. The animal's response to the stimulus is 'natural'. Likewise Osteopathy. These techniques sit well with the work of a 'natural vet'.

Crystal Therapy is 'natural', using naturally-occurring crystal structures and formations, although some may subsequently have been shaped or polished by mankind. Some 'natural vets' use crystal therapy.

Physiotherapy is 'natural' if it sticks to exercise regimens, massage and manipulation and could well be employed by a natural vet to aid recovery and rehabilitation. When it exploits the benefits of machinery, however, it ceases to be natural, although possibly beneficial in the right hands. Physiotherapy can act as an adjunct in support of veterinary medicine (whether conventional or natural) but it is not a stand-alone therapy. A 'natural vet' may use the services of a physiotherapist in certain cases.

Tissue Salts are natural, except there is argument that the potentising process is artificial (see Homeopathy above). A natural response is elicited and exploited in this branch of medicine. Some 'natural vets' use Tissue Salts.

The chemicals and reagents that are used for cleaning a veterinary premises, disinfecting, cleaning work surfaces and controlling weeds also impinge on whether a veterinary premises or practice can justifiably claim to be a 'natural vet'. At the AVMC, we use no artificial chemical herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers, fly sprays, 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 (but then they're no fools).

Vaccination is a controversial aspect of modern veterinary practice that is far from 'natural'. It is hard to think of a vet who uses conventional vaccination as a 'natural vet'. At the AVMC, we use no conventional vaccines for ourselves, for our own animals or for our clients' animals.

Nature's Medicines

At the AVMC we could have used the term natural in our name. We deeply respect Nature and work with Nature. While obviously also deeply respecting (and depending on and using) the therapies mentioned above and using a lot of genuinely natural methods and medicines, we prefer not to use the term 'natural vet' in our practice name, to describe our work, as it is so open to argument what constitutes 'natural'. Anyway, sad to say, commerce has hi-jacked and abused the term 'natural' until it has almost lost its meaning, bending its sense beyond breaking point for commercial advantage. The words 'nature' and 'natural' are used as a selling gimmick, with greater or lesser respect for the truth. There is a serious issue behind this unwelcome trend, in that it cynically exploits the desire for many in our wayward modern world to edge closer to NATURE. Be on the lookout for this insidious trend in product advertising and labelling.

Beware 'The King's New Clothes'!

The words 'green', 'nature', 'holistic' and 'natural' are used in such a way as to prevent the listener or reader questioning the material. Do you remember the boy who hadn't been told about the King's New Clothes? Whenever these words are used to support an assertion or a commercial interest, take a really objective look and you might see the real 'King' behind the illusion, revealing naked commercialism.

It may be useful to think in terms of practising 'integrated medicine' or 'integrative medicine' but that involves more terminology and labelling.

Arguments aside (see 'holistic, alternative, natural or complementary'), we get on with the important daily business of delivering holistic care to our patients (Services).

Natural 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.

Natural 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, pasture management etc. These talks are usually based on experience rather than theory and reflect a 40-year career in holistic medicine and veterinary practice.

The Therapies

Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary?

The Holistic Vet

The Homeopathic Vet

The Acupuncture Vet

The Herbal Vet

The Complementary Vet

The Alternative Vet

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


We have a deep respect for Nature and we work with Nature


Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding


The Therapies

Chris Day is a natural 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. He studied these and started to use vet homeopathy in his first year as a vet. 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


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.

Chris Day is the UK's longest serving homeopathic vet, natural vet and holistic vet.



Copyright AVMC - December 2008

Also known as: natural veterinary surgeon - natural 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.

Natural vet at AVMC - Putting the patient first


When looking at Nature in the round, how can we fail to be impressed by the natural phenomena we see? From the simple to the complex, Nature has the capacity to astound. Animals and humans are the product of Nature. Why do we fail to look after Nature and why do we abandon trust in Nature?

Having a deep respect for Nature vet practice should not use chemicals (cleaners, disinfectants etc.) that damage and degrade the environment and which damage ecology.

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