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

Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Chinham House, Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire SN7 8NQ

Tel: 01367 710324                              Fax: 01367 718243

The Therapies

Alternative, Natural & Complementary Treatment for Animals

(Integrated medicine for Horses, Ponies, Dogs, Cats, Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry and others)


We offer a one-stop service for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies for all species.

At the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC), we use many types of alternative medicine, holistic medicine and natural medicine treatments and we treat any species. For the most part, these are holistic therapies, applied according to holistic principles. However, we do integrate treatments with the patient's current veterinary treatment in animals referred to our clinic (integrated medicine).

Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Homeopathy (Veterinary Homoeopathy), Veterinary Herbal Medicine (Herbs), Veterinary Chiropractic Manipulation and Natural Feeding are the main planks of the service. We support patients with nutritional therapy, in each case. Each patient also receives a check for back problems or spinal problems and manipulation is offered, if indicated.

The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other species. As herb vet / herbal vet, Chris Day uses traditional Western Herbs, which naturally form the indigenous plant medicine of his patients. As homeopathic vet, he uses many different homeopathic methodologies, not being confined by any single doctrine. As acupuncture vet, he uses needling, LASER stimulation, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and acupressure. As chiropractic vet, he examines every patient for correct skeletal alignment and offers manipulation for those that require it. As holistic vet, he integrates these therapies, as needed and advises natural, species-suitable feeding. Whether herbal vet, acupuncture vet, homeopathic vet, holistic vet or other nomenclature, Chris puts the patient and patient care first, applying whatever means of stimulation of natural healing he can, to the benefit of the patient.

Since each therapeutic system has its own merits, characteristics and methodology, they can appear somewhat esoteric and remote. These pages are designed to help you to understand them and how any of them may be appropriate for your animal. You may find that one or more have something positive to offer, depending upon the illness or condition your animal is suffering.

Image: acupuncture horse - Chris Day - equine acupuncture vet

Holistic vet for all species: Christopher Day is a holistic vet, natural vet, herbal vet, acupuncture vet, chiropractic vet and has a post-graduate qualification* as a homeopathic vet (homoeopathic vet, homeopathic veterinarian or homeopathic veterinary surgeon) and believes that mind, body and spirit should be considered as an integrated whole and treated in the context of environment, diet and lifestyle. All the therapies and treatments practised at AVMC sit well with this holistic approach and may be offered singly or combined in an integrated programme, depending upon the case.


(*For clarification, although the RCVS has acknowledged by letter that the VetMFHom is a 'specialist' qualification, the RCVS does not as of 2016 permit Mr Day to use the word 'specialist' to describe himself, as it 'recognises' no specialist qualifications other than its own and will not permit alternative medicine specialities.)


Although we almost exclusively use natural and alternative therapies, seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy, we do not shun conventional therapy, per se, considering its worth in each case. No truly holistic vet can ignore the existence of conventional drugs which, while quite unable to cure chronic disease, on rare occasions may be the only way to control distressing or painful symptoms. Patient care and welfare have to come first. It is noteworthy how much the body can achieve without drugs, however, via the natural healing route. Our holistic and integrated service is offered in support of animal patients, 'owners' and carers and of the veterinary profession. We are always willing to assist vets in the UK and worldwide in providing integrated care for their patients, providing the natural therapy component of a treatment programme.

When embarking on treatments, we do not recommend cessation of current conventional therapy. We work with attending vets to devise an integrated treatment programme. However it may be, with time, that conventional drugs can be reduced or withdrawn under veterinary guidance.

Researchers may find useful information for articles etc. You are welcome to use the information but we ask that it should be properly credited.

Homeopathy Acupuncture Moxibustion Herbs Aromatherapy
Tissue Salts Bach Flowers LASER Therapy Magnet Therapy Crystals
Chiropractic Nutrition Ultra-sound Therapy Physiotherapy Positive Health
First-Aid Hydrotherapy Anthroposophy Preventive Medicine Osteopathy
Alternative Medicine Integrated Medicine Holistic Medicine Complementary Medicine Natural Medicine


Horse Homeopathy Dog Homeopathy Cat Homeopathy Horse Acupuncture Dog Acupuncture Cat Acupuncture
Horse Herbs Dog Herbs Cat Herbs Horse Back Treatment Dog Back Treatment Cat Back Treatment


Outcome Study


Frequently asked questions: FAQ


Natural Feeding

Other therapies and treatments are: Bowen Therapy, Tellington Touch (TTouch), Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy and Lymphatic Drainage. These are classed as manipulation therapies under the Veterinary Surgeons Act and similar conditions apply as are detailed under physiotherapy or chiropractic.


Holistic, Alternative, Natural or Complementary?

Natural Medicine

Alternative Medicine

Holistic Medicine

Complementary Medicine



We have a special interest in back problems and back treatment, in all species

(see chiropractic and


Back Treatment Horse

Back Treatment Dog

Back Treatment Cat

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We offer alternative treatments, holistic treatments, complementary treatments, natural treatments (a.k.a. alternative therapy, holistic therapy, complementary therapy, natural therapy), in a deeply caring environment. Mr Day is among the UK's well-known and long-established homeopathic vets, acupuncture vets, herbal vets and holistic vets. The practice is run on homely lines, with traditional values of patient care and client care. Our duty is to assist clients in their duty of care to their animals and to enable informed choice.

Holistic Vet - Homeopathic Vet - Acupuncture Vet - Herbal Vet - Chiropractic Vet - Natural Feeding - Alternative Vet - Complementary Vet - Natural Vet - Integrated Veterinary Medicine


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Main Treatments offered:

Homeopathic treatment - Veterinary Homeopathy

Acupuncture treatment - Veterinary Acupuncture

Herbal treatment - Veterinary Phytotherapy

Aromatherapy treatment - Veterinary Aromatherapy

Chiropractic treatment - Veterinary Chiropractic

Nutritional advice - Feeding advice

LASER treatment - LASER Therapy

Ultrasound treatment - Ultrasound Therapy

Back manipulation - Back treatment

Bach Flowers

Holistic medicine - Holistic veterinary medicine

Flower Essences

Tissue Salts

Holistic therapy - Holistic treatment - Holistic animal care - Integrated medicine

Holistic advice

Anthroposophical medicines

Natural medicine - Alternative medicine - Complementary medicine


Natural Feeding - Natural Diet

Integrated medicine - Integrative medicine


These approaches to medicine and 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.


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.


We believe that, with a deep respect for Nature vet work should be environmentally friendly.


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 herbal, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture or integrated veterinary practice. The medicine we practise is the best we can offer, for each patient of whatever species 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.


Animal species treated:

dogs cats horses-ponies cattle sheep pigs buffalo llamas-alpacas goats donkeys ferrets hegdehogs
rabbits guinea pigs budgerigars parrots fowl-poultry tortoises snakes lizards fish wild animals zoo animals elephants

See also: Birds, Cage Mammals, Reptiles, Wild Animals

Added August 2009: It is a source of great disappointment to us at the AVMC, that a minority of professional veterinary colleagues act in an unprofessional and discourteous way when clients try to discuss the possibility of referral for alternative medicine. Whatever their opinions of alternative medicine, usually formed without first-hand experience of the subject, vets are supposed to assist clients with referrals, not obstruct them or give a rude reaction. As most clients who request referrals have already come to the end of the conventional options, it is difficult to see what gives rise to the objection. Pride and financial considerations should not enter into the equation, so we assume these are not the reason (see Prejudice). The fact that there may be a way of helping a distressed and chronically ill patient should be a source of pleasure and interest for the caring veterinary surgeon.

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


Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding



LASER for stimulation of stem cell activity


Some of the conditions that we are asked to treat: abscess, AIHA, allergy, allergies, arthritis, aspergillosis, Aspergillus, asthma, atopy, autoimmune, auto immune, back, back problems, backs, campylobacter, cancer, cardiomyopathy, CDRM, CHF, Chlamydia, colitis, COPD, CRF, corneal ulcer, cruciate ligament, Cushings syndrome, cystitis, diarrhoea, disc, DJD, dry eye, ear problems, elbow dysplasia, epilepsy, epulis, ERU, FUS, grass sickness, headshaking, head shaking, hip dysplasia, histiocytoma, hot spots, IBD, IBS, incontinence, injury, keratoconjunctivitis sicca, kidney disease, lameness, laminitis, lymphoma, mast cell tumour, mastitis, moonblindness, navicular, new forest eye, OCD, ophthalmia, paralysis, pyoderma, RAO, recurrent uveitis, renal failure, ringworm, Salmonella, Salmonellosis, sarcoids, skin, skin disease, spavin, spine, spinal problems, spondylitis, spondylosis, suspensory injury, tendon injury, tendon, ligament, ulcers, urological syndrome, urticaria, uveitis, vaccination problems, vaccine, vaccination, vaccinosis, warts, Westie lung disease, wobbler syndrome, wobbler, wounds not healing.


We are also well used to dealing with farm problems, whether from infectious or other diseases.


We treat these with various integrated permutations of holistic and natural therapies (homeopathic, herbal, acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional etc.).


All are treated with Natural / Alternative / Holistic / Complementary / Integrated Therapy.


Equine Acupuncture

Equine Herbs

Equine Homeopathy

Equine Chiropractic

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.

Herbal Acupuncture Homeopathy Chiropractic Nutrition Natural Holistic

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

Chris Day is a vet who qualified from Cambridge University in 1972 and whose parents were both extremely vocational vets. He therefore studied veterinary life and veterinary medicine from a very early age (about five-years-old). 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 veterinary homeopathy in his first year as a vet. Herbal medicine and acupuncture followed soon after. He became fascinated by chiropractic treatment in the mid-1970s. 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 at AVMC - Putting the patient first

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Christopher Day was one of the first holistic vets in the UK. He has been instrumental in setting up training and qualification for homeopathic vets in the UK and internationally. He has been involved in the academic side of training acupuncture vets, under the auspices of Exeter University and of training and examining animal chiropractors.

Chris Day, holistic vet, natural vet, herb vet, acupuncture vet, homeopathic vet, was introduced to homeopathy and holistic methodology during his childhood and has been in practice for 40 years, placing him now among the most experienced holistic veterinarians. He uses herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractic and other therapeutic methodologies, in an integrated service, in his quest for patient health and welfare.

The AVMC offers veterinary acupuncture, veterinary homeopathy, veterinary herb medicine (veterinary herbs / veterinary phytotherapy), veterinary chiropractic treatment and other 'alternative medicine' options, in a friendly, homely and relaxed environment, generally much-appreciated by our animal visitors.


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 and holistic vet. He also has 30 years experience as an acupuncture vet.


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