Therapies – Alternative, Natural & Complementary Treatment for Animals

Integrated Medicine for Horses, Ponies, Dogs, Cats, Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry and others

We offer a one-stop service for veterinary homeopathy, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary herbs, veterinary chiropractic, LASER therapy and other natural therapies for all species.

At the Alternative Vet (AVMC), we use many types of alternative medicine, holistic medicine and natural medicine treatments and we treat any species. For the most part, these are holistic therapies, applied according to holistic principles. However, we do integrate treatments with the patient's current veterinary treatment in animals referred to our clinic (integrated medicine).

Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Homeopathy (Veterinary Homoeopathy), Veterinary Herbal Medicine (Herbs), Veterinary Chiropractic Manipulation and Natural Feeding are the main planks of the service. We support patients with nutritional therapy, in each case. Each patient also receives a check for back problems or spinal problems and manipulation is offered, if indicated.

The Alternative Vet (AVMC) offers Holistic Veterinary Medicine for horses, ponies, dogs, cats and other species. As herb vet / herbal vet, we use traditional Western Herbs, which naturally form the indigenous plant medicine of his patients. As homeopathic vet, we use many different homeopathic methodologies, not being confined by any single doctrine. As acupuncture vet, we use needling, LASER stimulation, moxibustion, electro-acupuncture and acupressure. As chiropractic vet, we examine every patient for correct skeletal alignment and offers manipulation for those that require it. As holistic vet, we integrate these therapies, as needed and advises natural, species-suitable feeding. Whether herbal vet, acupuncture vet, homeopathic vet, holistic vet or other nomenclature, Chris puts the patient and patient care first, applying whatever means of stimulation of natural healing he can, to the benefit of the patient.

Since each therapeutic system has its own merits, characteristics and methodology, they can appear somewhat esoteric and remote. These pages are designed to help you to understand them and how any of them may be appropriate for your animal. You may find that one or more have something positive to offer, depending upon the illness or condition your animal is suffering.

Holistic vet for all species: Christopher is a holistic vet, natural vet, herbal vet, acupuncture vet, chiropractic vet and qualified specialist homeopathic vet (homoeopathic vet, homeopathic veterinarian or homeopathic veterinary surgeon) and believes that mind, body and spirit should be considered as an integrated whole and treated in the context of environment, diet and lifestyle. All the therapies and treatments practiced at AVMC sit well with this holistic approach and may be offered singly or combined in an integrated program, depending upon the case.

Although we specialize in natural and 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. Patient care and welfare have to come first. It is noteworthy how much the body can achieve without drugs, however, via the natural healing route. 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.

When embarking on treatments, we do not recommend cessation of current conventional therapy. We work with attending vets to devise an integrated treatment program. However it may be, with time, that conventional drugs can be reduced or withdrawn under veterinary guidance.

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Homeopathy Acupuncture Moxibustion Herbs Aromatherapy
Tissue Salts Bach Flowers LASER Therapy Magnet Therapy Crystals
Chiropractic Nutrition Ultra-sound Therapy Physiotherapy Positive Health
First-Aid Hydrotherapy Anthroposophy Preventive Medicine Osteopathy
Alternative Medicine Integrated Medicine Holistic Medicine complimentary Medicine Natural Medicine


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Outcome Study

Frequently asked questions: FAQ

Natural Feeding

Other therapies and treatments are: Bowen Therapy, Tellington Touch (TTouch), Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Cranial Osteopathy and Lymphatic Drainage. These are classed as manipulation therapies under the Veterinary Surgeons Act and similar conditions apply as are detailed under physiotherapy or chiropractic.

Holistic, Alternative, Natural or complimentary?

Natural Medicine

Alternative Medicine

Holistic Medicine

complimentary Medicine


We have a special interest in back problems and back treatment, in all species

(see chiropractic).

Back Treatment Horse

Back Treatment Dog

Back Treatment Cat

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.

We offer alternative treatments, holistic treatments, complimentary treatments, natural treatments (a.k.a. alternative therapy, holistic therapy, complimentary therapy, natural therapy), in a deeply caring environment. The practice is run on homely lines, with traditional values of patient care and client care. Our duty is to assist clients in their duty of care to their animals and to enable informed choice.

Main Treatments offered:

  • 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 animal care – Integrated medicine
  • Holistic advice
  • Anthroposophical medicines
  • Natural medicine – Alternative medicine – complimentary medicine
  • CAM – CAVM
  • Natural Feeding – Natural Diet
  • Integrated medicine – Integrative medicine

These approaches to medicine and to treatment 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.

We believe that, with a deep respect for Nature vet work should be environmentally friendly.

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, complimentary, 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 practice is the best we can offer, for each patient of whatever species 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.

Animal species treated:


See also: Birds, Cage Mammals, Reptiles, Wild Animals

Added August 2009: It is a source of great disappointment to us at the AVMC, that a minority of professional veterinary colleagues act in an unprofessional and discourteous way when clients try to discuss the possibility of referral for alternative medicine. Whatever their opinions of alternative medicine, usually formed without first-hand experience of the subject, vets are supposed to assist clients with referrals, not obstruct them or give a rude reaction. As most clients who request referrals have already come to the end of the conventional options, it is difficult to see what gives rise to the objection. Pride and financial considerations should not enter into the equation, so we assume these are not the reason (see Prejudice). The fact that there may be a way of helping a distressed and chronically ill patient should be a source of pleasure and interest for the caring veterinary surgeon.

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

Homeopathy Acupuncture Herbs Chiropractic Natural Feeding


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LASER for stimulation of stem cell activity

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.

Equine Acupuncture

Equine Herbs

Equine Homeopathy

Equine Chiropractic

Herbal Acupuncture Homeopathy Chiropractic Nutrition Natural Holistic

We have a deep respect for Nature and we work with Nature

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