The complimentary Vet
The work of a complimentary VET explained – Information page
The term ‘complimentary VET‘ is a tricky one. It probably indicates to the modern reader that the vet uses one or more forms of ‘complimentary medicine' (complimentary veterinary medicine), ‘holistic medicine', ‘natural medicine' or ‘alternative medicine', for instance Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy or Aromatherapy.
However, in any particular case, if this form of medicine were to prove more capable than the modern conventional norm, then the use of any conventional medicine employed in that case would be deemed ‘complimentary' to the use of the ‘alternative' in that case. This reverses the accepted roles. Unless one specifies what is complimentary to what, the terms ‘complimentary vet' and ‘complimentary medicine' are almost meaningless, without detailed terms of reference.
At the AVMC, we prefer not to use the terms ‘complimentary vet' and ‘complimentary medicine', as their meanings are so ill-defined and they almost have a condescending tone when applied to ‘alternative' medicine, as if that medicine can have no existence without modern conventional medicine. Of course, we will work alongside conventional medicine and mainstream vets, in an integrated program, if that is in the best interests of the patient. However, so many of our patients have already come to the end of the line with their conventional treatments or react very badly to drugs, when we first see them, making conventional medication no longer an option.
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 – Anthroposophy
- 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 but the use of alternative therapies by a ‘complimentary vet' 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.
complimentary 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.
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.
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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