About Alternative Vet

Holistic vet for all species – integrated care

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

We have been serving homeopathic vet and holistic vet with 40 years of experience in the field of natural medicine and 30 years experience as an acupuncture vet.

These pages are designed to describe different aspects of the AVMC and its work as a dedicated holistic veterinary practice. Our raison d’être is to help animals, so all our work focuses on this endeavour. We have a traditional approach to patient care, client care and professional service. We use veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbal medicine (herbs, herbalism, phytotherapy), chiropractic manipulation, natural feeding and other natural holistic vet methods, to help our patients.

One-stop service for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies.

We see dogs, cats, horses, ponies, donkeys, goats and rabbits on a frequent basis. We see farm animals such as cattle, sheep, pigs, buffalo, llamas and alpacas more rarely. Other animal species (e.g. birds, reptiles, wild animals and cage pets) are also seen but less commonly. We offer holistic veterinary care and holistic veterinary advice for each and every patient, integrating different therapies (and natural feeding advice) as required. This work includes herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, LASER, chiropractic, natural feeding, holistic medicine and natural medicine. We work with local attending veterinary surgeons, setting up integrated treatment programs.

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We welcome consultations at the premises for ‘small animals' (dogs, cats etc.) and we make visits for horses and farm animals (and even for ‘small animals' if required). We conduct clinical research (i.e. no ‘animal experiments‘), to develop the application of Natural Medicine for animal benefit.

Once we have embarked on a case, whether dog, cat, horse, pony or other species, we are as keen as you are to see it through to success. Please keep us well-informed of progress, so that we can respond to the patient's varying needs. We have traditional values of veterinary care and run the practice in a homely and no-frills way.

The AVMC accepts alternative medicine referrals in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Homeopathy, Veterinary Herbal Medicine, back problems in dogs, back problems in horses, back problems in cats, back problems in all species.

All cases seen by appointment only.

At the AVMC, we use no chemical herbicides, pesticides, fly sprays, artificial plant foods, deodorizers 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 recognize and appreciate this immediately.

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

On these pages you will find out how to contact us and how to find us, as well as details of how we operate.

You will also find numerous pages of information and opinion, on many subjects both central and peripheral to holistic veterinary work. We hope that you will both enjoy your visit to our site and find the information you are seeking.

At the AVMC, we have many traditional values 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 and easy access to information, to help inform that choice.

We believe 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 and informed consent a real possibility. We do not rush to 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.

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Wheelchair Access

Meeting at a local holistic livery yard

Regret no student vacancies at present

We receive many emails seeking advice. We reserve the right to make a charge for time spent on these, depending upon the nature of the enquiry and the time taken. Discretion is exercised. Of course, enquiries about our services would not incur a charge.

The AVMC is conducting objective analysis of clinical outcomes of holistic treatment in cases we've seen. These results are being updated on an ongoing basis. To view them, click here. Our aim in all our work is to promote health and healing.

Veterinary Homeopathy : Veterinary Acupuncture : Veterinary Herbal Medicine :
Chiropractic Manipulation : Nutrition/Diet/Natural FeedingCAM-CAVM

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, complimentary, 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 practice and the care we offer are the best we can offer, for each patient and it matters not whether this is perceived as holistic medicine, alternative medicine, complimentary medicine, natural medicine, complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM – CAVM) or integrated medicine. We offer traditional standards of professional care, in an integrated package.

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Equine Vetting

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
  • Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet


These approaches represent a philosophy that is alternative to the current conventional norm of modern mainstream veterinary practice 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 scrutinizing lifestyle, diet, environment, riding, tack, shoeing, grazing, stabling, management etc., depending upon the species.

Some horse, pony, dog and cat conditions that we are asked to treat with holistic methods: 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.).

Herbal Acupuncture Homeopathy Chiropractic Nutrition Natural Holistic

We have a special interest in back treatment and chiropractic manipulation, whether for a horse's back problem, pony's back problem, dog's back problem or cat's back problem. This can, in some cases, also involve acupuncture and/or LASER treatment.

Although we specialize in alternative therapies (holistic therapies, natural therapies), seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy wherever possible, so that we can stimulate the body's own healing ability, 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. It is noteworthy how much the body can achieve without drugs, however. Our holistic and integrated service is offered in support of animal patients, ‘owners' and carers and the veterinary profession. We are always willing to assist vets worldwide in providing integrated care for their patients, providing the natural therapy component of a treatment program.

We accept no sponsorship from industry, commerce, insurance companies or any other commercial interest and we do not depend upon product or medicine sales, so our advice is truly independent and unaffected by profit motivation. Likewise, we do not promote commercial activities, so our links do not promote marketing material. We do not pay for search engine favors. Sadly, even in the holistic and natural medicine worlds, there are vets whose advice is attended by potential profits from product sales or links to companies.

We have a deep respect for Nature and work with Nature

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

Alternative Vet

Holistic vet at AVMC – Putting the patient first