The Activities of the AVMC
Holistic vet for all species – integrated care
AVMC – 25 years old in March 2012!
Having used alternative medicine since 1972, Chris D established the AVMC as a dedicated Holistic Veterinary practice in March 1987.
Chris D is the UK’s longest 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.
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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 around the UK, setting up integrated treatment programmes. We have a video consultation service for those distant patients whose vets are willing to work with us in this way.
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, 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.
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. We are situated in rural South Oxfordshire, within easy reach of London (M4 and M40) and of the Midlands, West Midlands, the South East, South Central England and the South West. We can arrange visits over a wide area (map), whether for horses, ponies, dogs, cats or others, including London, Home Counties, West Country, Midlands, South, South East, East Anglia etc. We see many patients from London and visit London homes.
Our office hours are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 09.00 – 17.00 (except bank holidays)
Tuesdays: 09.00 – 13.00
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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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.
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, using veterinary homeopathy, herbal medicine, veterinary acupuncture and other therapies.
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.
Christopher D has worked in the field of holistic veterinary medicine (integrated medicine) for over 40 years and is among the UK’s most well-known and long-established holistic vets, acupuncture vets, herbal vets and homeopathic vets. He started using veterinary homeopathy in veterinary work in 1972. He was a founder member of the organisation for homeopathic vets (BAHVS) and set up educational structures for veterinary homeopaths (under the auspices of the Faculty of Homeopathy). He has been involved in the academic side of the training for acupuncture vets and for animal chiropractors.
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 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, complementary medicine, natural medicine, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM – CAVM) or integrated medicine. We offer traditional standards of professional care, in an integrated package.
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Frequently asked questions: FAQ
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.
Christopher D was one of the first holistic vets in the UK
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 – Complementary medicine
- CAM – CAVM
- Natural Feeding – Natural Diet
Chris D is mainly known for his work as an acupuncture vet, herbal vet, homeopathic vet, chiropractic vet, holistic vet and natural vet. However, he also uses a wider spectrum of natural therapies, in order to offer each patient the best of integrated care. Having met holistic methodology in his childhood, he is now among the most experienced holistic veterinarians.
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 scrutinising lifestyle, diet, environment, riding, tack, shoeing, grazing, stabling, management etc., depending upon the species.
AVMC – the home and practice of Chris D – holistic vet, homeopathic vet, acupuncture vet, chiropractic vet etc. with 40 years of experience in the field of holistic veterinary care, practising integrated veterinary medicine for all 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.).
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 specialise 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 in the UK and worldwide in providing integrated care for their patients, providing the natural therapy component of a treatment programme.
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 favours. 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
Chris D 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. 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.
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.
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We invite and accept referrals for holistic and alternative medicine treatment.
Equine Acupuncture Referrals – Canine Acupuncture Referrals – Feline Acupuncture Referrals
Equine Homeopathy Referrals – Canine Homeopathy Referrals – Feline Homeopathy Referrals
Associated websites: www.veterinary-homeopathy.co.uk/user/htdocs (new blog) – chris-day.live-blog.net/ – www.acupuncture-animals.co.uk – www.holistic-vet.co.uk – www.homeopathic-vet.com – www.veterinary-acupuncture.co.uk – www.veterinary-homeopathy.co.uk – www.veterinary-herbal.co.uk – www.veterinary-holistic.co.uk – www.alternativeveterinarymedicine.co.uk – www.alternativeveterinarymedicinecentre.co.uk – www.avmc.co.uk – www.naturalfeeding.co.uk – www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~avmc – www.chinhampublications.co.uk – www.equineacupuncturevet.co.uk –www.christopherday.co.uk – www.holisticvetmed.co.uk.
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