The Alternative Vet
Holistic vet for all species – Integrated veterinary care
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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.
Chris is the UK’s longest serving homeopathic vet and holistic vet with 40 years of experience in the field and 30 years as an acupuncture vet.
At the Alternative Vet (AVMC), we use many types of natural medicine (holistic medicine, alternative medicine or complimentary medicine), in all species of animal (including veterinary acupuncture, veterinary homeopathy, veterinary herbal medicine (medicinal herbs a.k.a. phytotherapy), nutrition (natural feeding), chiropractic-type manipulation etc.). It is a dedicated holistic vet practice and was the first of its kind in the UK. 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 program. This is integrated medicine at its best, working for the welfare of patients.
One-stop service for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies.
In support of this integrated medical input, we concentrate on offering species-relevant natural dietary advice (natural feeding) and holistic veterinary advice and each patient also receives a chiropractic check for back problems. Horses’ backs and dogs’ backs commonly require manipulation, which procedure makes the patient more comfortable, generally happier and better able to get on with the all-important job of healing. The work is Holistic, covering all aspects of an animal’s health and lifestyle. We strive to enable the body’s healing powers to operate unfettered, at the same time stimulating those innate powers with natural medicine. We work with the body’s own mechanisms, providing a gentle alternative to conventional methods.
It is clear that this is a longer process than a more ‘normal’ veterinary consultation and, while we try to keep to time as much as possible each day, that is not our top priority. Therefore, it is not impossible to have periods of running late on some days. We apologise for this in advance but we are unable to prevent it, without cutting individual patients short of the time they need.
Once we have embarked on a case, 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, in a timely fashion, maintaining therapeutic momentum.
If cases meet with success, as thankfully the greater proportion do, no one is more delighted than we are. However, we do not claim any successes as our own, since we only act in a facilitative rôle, supporting and guiding the body in its own healing process. Hippocrates is credited with saying “The Physician treats, Nature heals“. He was well aware of this fundamental holistic principle. We may also, of course, be only one of several varied inputs into a case. Furthermore, we are scientific enough to realise that some cases might self-resolve or self-limit, even without veterinary input. For these reasons, we are unable to be certain that our intervention has been instrumental, in any single case. Of course, this type of cautious interpretation should apply just as well to the outcomes of conventional veterinary practice or to the outcome of any other intervention.
We believe our fundamental role to be to help the client to attain an informed position, from which to arrive at an informed choice and to help the client in the all-important job of looking after his or her precious animal charge. We try to do whatever is necessary to achieve those objectives. Conversely, it is not our role to make up a client’s mind, to make decisions or to issue commands, only to inform and advise and to assist in the decision-making process.
We have a deep respect for Nature and we work with Nature
We operate a ‘no frills’ practice, according to traditional standards of professionalism, care and service.
“Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time – healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”
attr. Hippocrates – circa 460 – 357 BC
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Alternative Vet, Chinham House, Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire. SN7 8NQ – (situated in UK areas: South East and South Midlands), an hour from London and adjacent to the Home Counties. It lies half-way between Oxford and Swindon and half-way between Wantage and Faringdon, in Oxfordshire’s picturesque Vale of White Horse.
Christopher D is a homeopathic vet, also well-known as a holistic vet, natural vet, acupuncture vet, chiropractic vet and herbal vet. These medical and therapeutic specialities (among others) are applied in a holistic and integrated manner (acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, chiropractic etc.), taking into account body and mind, as a whole, in the context of diet, lifestyle and management. Species treated include dogs, cats, horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, cattle, pigs, sheep, buffalo, llamas, alpacas, ferrets, rabbits, birds and reptiles. No species is refused and patient welfare and care are paramount.
He has been working in the field of homeopathic medicine and holistic medicine for over 40 years and is among the UK’s well-known holistic vets, herbal vets, acupuncture vets and homeopathic vets. He initiated the veterinary teaching in the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, during the 1970s, under the auspices of the Faculty of Homeopathy. He later moved this teaching to Oxford and is a guest member of the teaching team of HPTG, which has held courses near Oxford and in York (Yorkshire, England). He has taught internationally, including USA (Minneapolis Minnesota, Eugene Oregon and Boston Massachusetts), Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Italy (Genova), Holland (Netherlands), Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, France, Spain and Hungary. He was a founder member of the BAHVS (British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons).
Although we specialize in alternative therapies (homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractic etc.), seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy in our quest to stimulate the body’s natural innate healing capability, 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 program.
The AVMC accepts referrals in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Homeopathy, Veterinary Herbal Medicine, back problems in dogs, back problems in horses, back problems in cats and back problems in all species.
All cases are seen by appointment only.
At the AVMC, we really like Nature. 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. With a deep respect for Nature vet work can be really environmentally friendly.
On these pages you will find out how to contact us and how to find us, as well as details of how we operate and how to make an appointment. We are situated in rural South Oxfordshire, within easy reach of London (M4 and M40) and of the Midlands and West Midlands, the South East, South Central England and the South West. We can arrange visits over a wide area (map), including London, Home Counties, West Country, Midlands, South Wales, South East, South etc. We visit widely over the UK.
Our office hours are:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 09.00 – 17.00 (except bank holidays)
Tuesdays: 09.00 – 13.00
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.
Providing complimentary Veterinary Medicine and Alternative Veterinary Medicine – also referred to as complimentary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Integrated Veterinary Medicine, Natural Veterinary Medicine
Our aim in all our work is to promote health and healing.
Christopher D was one of the first holistic vets in the UK
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 sympathetic patient care and traditional standards of service were always paramount.
We can 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. We see many patients from London and visit London homes.
Main Treatments offered (see Therapies):
- 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 care
- Holistic advice
- Integrated Medicine (Integrative medicine)
- Anthroposophical medicines
- Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
- CAM – CAVM
- Natural Feeding – Natural Diet
Chris D is mainly known for his work as an acupuncture vet, herb 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 been introduced to holistic methodology at an early age, he is now among the most experienced holistic veterinarians.
These approaches 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 genuinely 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.
AVMC – the home and practice of Chris D – holistic vet, natural vet, homeopathic vet, acupuncture vet, herb vet and chiropractic vet, with 40 years of experience in the field, practicing integrated veterinary care for all species of animal. Our premises is ‘lived in’, with no herbicides or pesticides used. We pride ourselves on a rich and diverse wild life population around us.
We mostly see cases of intractable chronic disease.
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 / complimentary / Integrated Therapy.
At the AVMC, we try not to be ‘bogged down’ by terminology or ideology. Much needless 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 holistic, natural, herbal, homeopathic, chiropractic, acupuncture or integrated veterinary practice. The medicine we practice is the best we can offer, for each patient and it matters not whether it 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.
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 sincere, impartial, 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.
The AVMC offers veterinary acupuncture, veterinary homeopathy, veterinary herb medicine (veterinary phytotherapy), veterinary chiropractic treatment and other ‘alternative medicine’ options, in a friendly, homely and relaxed environment, generally much-appreciated by our animal visitors.
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.