The Homeopathic Vet
The work of a HOMEOPATHIC VET explained
“Veterinary homeopathy has been a source of inspiration, fun, challenge and fulfilment for my entire veterinary career to date. I can heartily recommend it to any young vet who has felt the limitations of conventional medicine.” – Chris
The HOMEOPATHIC VET (homoeopathic vet, homeopathic veterinarian or veterinary homeopath) is one who not only uses homeopathic medicines but also uses homeopathic principles, when examining and prescribing for a patient or group of animals. The fully committed homeopathic way of working and patient care also demand observance of deep holistic principles, for correct application. This is a fundamental part of the approach that is built into the methodology and includes diet work and a study of the animal’s environment and personal circumstances.
At the AVMC, unlike many homeopathic vets, Chris does not sell, advise or use conventional vaccines. As a homeopathic vet of 40 years’ experience, he has observed that a large proportion of chronic disease, when a start date can be defined, starts within three months of a vaccine event. He is willing to discuss alternative methodology (nosodes) with clients. His own animals are never vaccinated conventionally.
Homeopathic vets in the UK officially only date from 1982, with the formation of the BAHVS, although there were vets using homeopathy before that. Chris Day, among others, provided training for homeopathic vets, on a national and international basis.
He has conducted homeopathic vet training in the USA, Sweden, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Latvia and for Japanese homeopathic vets.
The first homeopathic consultation with a homeopathic vet differs from the conventional one in some key areas and usually takes longer, in order to allow for proper holistic application. While this may result in higher initial costs, the overall cost of a successful case is usually very low when compared with other methods.
A prescription supplied by a homeopathic vet is based not upon the name of the ‘disease’ or ‘presenting complaint’ but rather upon the whole picture presented by the individual patient. Because of this need for individualisation, three different patients with the same named disease may very possibly receive three different homeopathic medicines. Equally, the homeopathic vet might prescribe the same remedy for many different named conditions, if the patients involved exhibit appropriate signs and indicators.
The training of a homeopathic vet: In the UK, many practices and individuals have started to use some homeopathic medicines. A smaller number have gone on to study in post-graduate courses run by Faculty-Accredited Training Centres, in order to learn proper application. Fewer still have put their development to the test by taking the Faculty of Homeopathy examination: VetMFHom. The Faculty of Homeopathy has also created some veterinary ‘Fellows’ (VetFFHom) in recognition of their service and contribution to the advancement of homeopathy. The Faculty also importantly defines bounds of competence for those who take its examinations. For instance, LFHom(Vet) is awarded to those who have carried out preliminary study and have passed a basic entry-level examination. Holders of this preliminary qualification are not expected or encouraged to invite or to accept referrals from other practices or to undertake independent homeopathic practice. Homeopathic vets are usually members of the BAHVS and sometimes of the Faculty of Homeopathy. There is a Code of Practice, up to which members of each of these bodies have signed.
Homeopathic vets may or may not use other forms of complementary and alternative medicine alongside their use of veterinary homeopathy.
In the UK, many practices and individual homeopathic vets have started to advertise their use of homeopathic medicines. These will not yet all be working on proper homeopathic or holistic principles or providing essential diet work but there is at least increased interest and usage in the profession, which has to be considered a step forward. As an individual homeopathic vet’s experience builds, so will the philosophy and methodology.
In the USA, there are a great many homeopathic veterinarians (www.ahvma.org).
At the AVMC, we use thorough and detailed holistic methodology, with integrated alternative and complementary medicine methods. Chris, homeopathic vet (vet homeopath) and holistic vet, has more than 40 years of experience in veterinary homeopathy and more than 30 years experience in veterinary acupuncture and is willing to share experiences, understanding and ideas with veterinary colleagues, other homeopathic vets, veterinary students and animal ‘owners’.
We also offer an on-line Video Consultation Service, for those who are unable to travel to see us, whether through illness, disability, distance or foreign residence. This is a truly international option, allowing access to our services from home, anywhere in the world.
Homeopathic vet at work: Conditions in which the AVMC has found Veterinary Homeopathy (e.g. equine homeopathy, canine homeopathy, feline homeopathy) to be particularly helpful are:
autoimmune disorder, atopy, allergy, chronic disease of all types, chronic diarrhoea, skin problems, pruritus, hot spots, urticaria, arthritis, COPD, elbow dysplasia, laminitis, headshaking, corneal ulcer, new forest eye, ringworm, calf pneumonia, pasteurellosis (pasteurella), hip dysplasia, heart problems, heart failure, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, immune mediated conditions, photosensitivity (photosensitisation), mud fever, arthritis, ‘virus’, autoimmune disease, pemphigus, atopy, allergy, pruritus, colitis, IBD (IBS), navicular, ringbone, spavin, recurrent uveitis, periodic ophthalmia, ERU, OCD, DJD.
Veterinary homeopathy is without side effects
Veterinary homeopathy is safe in all species
Veterinary homeopathy is safe for all ages, including during pregnancy or suckling
Veterinary homeopathy requires no laboratory animal experimentation
Veterinary homeopathy treats the patient, not the symptom
Veterinary homeopathy does not suppress symptoms or signs of disease
Veterinary homeopathy stimulates the body’s own healing ability
Veterinary homeopathy operates at the bio-energetic level
The homeopathic vet treats the whole patient
The homeopathic vet does not suppress symptoms
The homeopathic vet requires to know the patient
The homeopathic vet takes into account demeanour, diet, lifestyle, behaviour and appearance