The Work of the AVMC
Our work includes: Acupuncture for horses – Acupuncture for dogs – Acupuncture for cats – Homeopathy for horses – Homeopathy for dogs – Homeopathy for cats – Herbal medicine for horses – Herbal medicine for dogs – Herbal medicine for cats – LASER treatment – Acupuncture-by-LASER – Chiropractic Manipulation – Natural Feeding advice
At the Alternative Vet, we use alternative therapy as a first-line treatment, with conventional medicine only being necessary, on very rare occasions, in support of this. This is an integrated medical approach. The work brings great pleasure, not least because the animals appear to enjoy it, while the majority appear also to benefit.
Our work and advice observe holistic principles, whichever therapy we may use, taking into account the whole body, in its environmental context and considering diet and other lifestyle factors that impinge upon health.
All species are treated, from farm to pet animals, including wild animals, reptiles and birds but the majority of our work is with horses and ponies (whether competition, racing or companion), small animals (e.g. dogs, cats and other pets) and organic farms. The work is mostly of a ‘referral‘ or ‘second opinion‘ nature, most cases coming via another veterinary surgeon. Dogs and cats are usually brought to the Centre (although domiciliary visits can be arranged), while horses and farm animals are usually seen at their homes.
The practice provides a relaxing, rural atmosphere, which animals rarely perceive as ‘veterinary’ or ‘clinical’, with a permanent staff, who are able to offer support and helpful advice. We have an extensive pharmacy, including many thousand Homeopathic, Herbal, Bach, Schuessler, Essential Oil and Nutritional remedies, so that any required medication is almost always available at the time of your visit. Requests for repeat prescriptions are usually posted within 24 hours (one working day).
We (the dog and I!) travel widely, to see horses, ponies, donkeys and farm animals and are willing to do house calls (home visits) for domestic pets. Winner looks after the car while I see the patients.
Nowhere in Britain is too far but the usual area of travel (green shaded in map below) is in an area from The Wash to The Wirral, from Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to Dorset, East Devon and Kent and from Herefordshire and Shropshire to Norfolk and Essex. We are frequently asked to visit Worcs, Glos, Wilts, Oxon, Bucks, Herts, Beds, Berks, Surrey, Sussex, Hants, Dorset, Somerset, Avon, West Midlands, Warks, Northants, Leics, Cambs, Essex, Suffolk & Herefordshire and the general London (Greater London) area. Costs are shared fairly amongst those on a round, with no one paying for someone else’s travel. We see many patients from London and visit London homes.
Distant clients, who wish to bring their horses to us for holistic treatment and care, are able to meet us at a local holistic equine establishment. For one-off treatments, a meeting can be arranged. For longer-term treatments, horses can be left at the premises, by arrangement.
We have attended patients in Denmark, Sweden, France, Channel Islands and Ireland and have co-operated with veterinarians in U.S.A., Hong Kong, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Italy, with ill animals.
Horse Vetting Service – Holistic Horse Vetting
for distant treatment of animals unable to travel to AVMC
The AVMC is conducting objective analysis of clinical outcomes from cases 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.
We abide by the provisions of the Code of Practice, published by the Faculty of Homeopathy and by that of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Mr Day is a specialist in veterinary homeopathy.
As a holistic vet establishment, we treat our patients holistically; all aspects of an animal’s health and lifestyle have to be scrutinised. Our aim is not only to stimulate the body to heal itself but also to remove any obstacles to recovery, thereby allowing the healing process to work unfettered. The remarkable innate healing capabilities of the body are thus released and activated.
We have a deep respect for Nature and we work with Nature
The main therapies used at AVMC are Homeopathy (Homoeopathy or Homœopathy), Acupuncture, Herbs, Bach Flowers, Schuessler Tissue Salts, Aromatherapy (Essential Oils), Chiropractic, Laser, Ultrasound and Nutrition, delivered as part of an integrated program. Natural nutrition and dietary advice is a mainstay of our work, underpinning all other therapies and is the platform upon which we build health. Without healthy natural feeding, compatible with an animal’s hereditary and evolutionary needs, medicine cannot function to its full capacity. Appropriate natural feeding advice, for a health-stimulating diet, is therefore offered for each patient, whether equine, farm or domestic.
The AVMC accepts 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.
Cases only seen by appointment.
We do not shun modern diagnostic techniques (e.g. blood-sampling, X-ray, ultra-sound scan, urinalysis) but, on the contrary, embrace their findings in the holistic assessment of our patients. We do not advise invasive diagnostic procedures but, if an ‘owner’ wishes to have them done, we will incorporate those findings too.
Although we specialize in alternative therapies, seeking alternatives to conventional drug therapy, 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.
We see students at the AVMC, from time to time, to help them with their extra-mural studies. This is a vital key to the perpetuation of knowledge and understanding. We do not expect students to be sympathetic to alternative and holistic views but we do expect them to be open-minded, which is the only scientifically-supportable attitude to hold.
We are purposely not linked with any commercial organisation whatsoever. We do not rely on sales of products for survival. We are therefore able to offer wholly independent and impartial advice, with no link to sales, on any aspect of our work.
We test all therapies on ourselves, before using them on animals. In this way, we are assured of their ‘user-friendliness’.
The Centre was the first of its kind in the UK, being established in 1987 (twenty five years ago this year). Mr Day has, however, been treating animals with veterinary homeopathy and other natural medicines since 1972.
At the Centre we generate many articles of an educational nature, we teach world-wide, we are heavily involved in animal welfare issues, nationally & internationally, we rescue and rehabilitate horses and several landmark books have been published. The AVMC has also been active in clinical research into veterinary homeopathy. Greater detail of this ancillary work is to be found in Mr Day’s Curriculum Vitae and in the other pages of this site, some of which are currently being developed.
Chris Day also holds official posts in national and international organisations. The Centre is therefore involved, to a greater or lesser extent, in the day-to-day activities of those organisations.
The AVMC and the work of Christopher have been the subject of numerous television, video and radio features, in addition to its appearance in newspapers and magazines. These have described the whole spectrum of work carried out at or from the Centre, whether medicine or welfare activities.
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.
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.
We can visit 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.
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
- Anthroposophical medicines – Anthroposophy
- Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
- CAM – CAVM
- Integrated medicine – Integrative medicine
- 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.
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 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.
Chris D was one of the first holistic vets in the UK and one of a very few early homeopathic vets. He carried out pioneering research in veterinary homeopathy and set up training and teaching programs for homeopathic vets. He is a multiple author of books on veterinary homeopathy, alternative medicine, holistic treatment and natural feeding of animals.
The work has variously been described as holistic, natural, complimentary, alternative, integrative or integrated. To us, the ‘label’ does not matter so much as finding an appropriate therapy or integrated, combination of therapies to suit each patient, to optimise chances of recovery. Furthermore, we try not to be distracted by the current wave of hostility, against homeopathy in particular, preferring to get on with the most important work of helping animals and their welfare.
We mostly deal with 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.).
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.
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|Lectures and Talks
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.