Free ebook!

This ‘Alternative Veterinary Medicine’ ebook explains how natural medicine is relevant for our animals and offers an introduction to common therapies that fit under that banner.

It is in EPub format so it is readable on most machines (including your computer if you use Adobe ADE free download).


The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre was founded by Chris Day MRCVS in March  1987. He had already been using alternative medicine for his clients’ animals since 1972.

The AVMC is a second opinion and referral practice, in alternative medicine for animals. Chris Day operates totally independently of all commercial connections. He receives no kick-backs, retainers or percentages from any company or interest, whether it be involved in medicine, foods, saddling, insurance or other activity. In this way, he is able to retain his independence and the advice offered is the very best he can give at the time, free from commercial influence.

At the AVMC, our work has two main prongs – firstly, stimulation of the body’s own healing ability and secondly, removal of the potential obstacles to recovery. This is the meaning of holistic medicine. It means that for each species and each individual patient, we have to study lifestyle, feeding, housing, management etc.

The route to wellness for animals.



On The Beach

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a few minutes on the beach, yesterday morning.

Here is the haul of easily picked up rubbish that I collected from a very small patch of beach.

This is not just ‘one of those things’, this is dirty, slovenly, lazy, anti-social and dangerous. This is our world, chaps. Let’s not keep on abusing it!

The fluorescent light strip is most likely not from beach litter but has probably been washed ashore and may be the result of accidental or intentional loss from a boat. However, these things contain Mercury powder – deadly if it were to break!

Stop polluting our world and endangering wildlife. Take your rubbish home.


Main website at:

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Summer challenges

We have been blessed with some summer this year – there may be more.

While the sheep in the picture seek the shade, it is worth thinking about some of the special challenges summer can bring to our animals:

The Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre has a large website (over 600 pages) of information and opinion on alternative medicine, holistic medicine, animal welfare and other animal-related topics.

Links: veterinary homeopathyveterinary acupunctureveterinary herbsveterinary holistic


Acupuncture Cat Video

Here’s a video (link below) of a cat receiving an acupuncture treatment. He is not in any way restrained, although his harness and lead, on which he walked in, can be seen still attached.

While he’s no vet lover, he accepts his acupuncture very well, as do most cats. He hates the camera, though!

If a cat objects to needle acupuncture, we have to assume we are either doing it incorrectly or that needles don’t suit. In such rare cases, we would use acupuncture-by-LASER, which is painless and soothing. We DO NOT SEDATE animals for acupuncture.

Every patient is given a chiropractic check and offered correction by manipulation of any problem found.


Our main website is at (over 600 pages of information and opinion on alternative medicine and animal welfare).

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Homeopathy – Medicine or Magic?

This was the question posed by the landmark BBC QED television programme that went out in January 1991, produced by Tony Edwards. I was proud to be a part of it (but it’s hard to believe how young I looked then!).

This programme looked at homeopathy, veterinary homeopathy, sceptical views and rational opinions. It was and still is an important and powerful piece of television and has now been uploaded onto Dailymotion. It’s well worth a watch:

visit our main website with over 600 pages of opinion and information on alternative medicine and animal welfare:

You might like to look at our Dailymotion video channel: or our YouTube video channel

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Great way to start the day!

Nice reports not only make life worthwhile, they also put a spring in your step.

Here’s a great one from yesterday, setting me up a treat for the weekend:

Most gigantic difference in him – totally different horse – no longer so tricky – absolute joy to work with him now – brilliant!

This a young and very talented dressage horse (in very experienced and talented dressage rider’s hands) who was proving almost impossible to train and would kick at his belly 20 minutes into work. Nothing that had been tried was helping. Seen on 10th July – chiropractic manipulation and homeopathy – report 27th July.

Work isn’t work when it’s such fun! for selected case histories

The image is of a different horse, of course, to protect the innocent!


While we can usually reckon on mid-July to mid-August as being a reasonably quiet time for lush grass growth, this year anything could happen! We’ve had so much wet and now warm weather is forecast, so we may have an abnormal grass spurt.

Be on the lookout for stiffness, short stride, difficulty turning tightly or unwillingness to walk on hard surfaces.

Homeopathy is a wonderful stand-by treatment for laminitis. Acupuncture may also be useful. We advise feeding no cereals or sugars and, in some cases, even hay can also provoke laminitis or obstruct its resolution. We rely on herbs to supplement nutrition.

Even chronically mis-shapen hooves may be able to improve with judicious trimming and long-term homeopathic treatment by an experienced homeopathic vet.

Main website (over 600 pages of information and opinion):

Some links

Some links to information that readers may find helpful:

Veterinary Homeopathy:

Veterinary Acupuncture:

Veterinary Herbal Medicine:

Veterinary Holistic Medicine:

Veterinary Chiropractic Manipulation:

Natural Feeding:


YouTube video uploads:

Dailymotion video uploads:

My new blog (you’re here already!):

and, last but not least, my OLD BLOG: (this blog is now archived but available to view)

At last reborn!

At last, I appear to have revived my blog! This has involved harder work and more stress than it should have done, owing to my computer naivety!

I shan’t dwell on it further, as it bugs me – but here’s the outline gen – my old blog worked perfectly well but my web host rendered it obsolete, as it was on an out-of-date operating system etc. Progress! They even shifted the domain . . . .

Anyway, here we are with, yes, bigger and better but the motto should always be: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Rest assured, this blog will have no distressing language or ‘adult’ material. Family viewing only.

It’s called Chris Day’s Blog 2 – that’s novel.

If you don’t already know it, why not take a look at my main website:

Other links of possible interest:

Natural Feeding (Horses/Dogs/Cats):

Facebook – Chris Day:

Facebook – AVMC:


YouTube video uploads:

Dailymotion video uploads:

The old blog (redundant/quiescent now and at a new domain):