|Chris Day MRCVS [Ron Toft]
(over 600 pages of information and opinion): www.alternativevet.org
offers veterinary acupuncture for horses, ponies, dogs, cats, cattle,
buffalo, donkeys, goats, llamas, alpacas, reindeer, ferrets, rabbits and other species of animal.
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre (AVMC) practises animal acupuncture as part
of an integrated and holistic approach to veterinary medicine, carried out in a relaxed, rural environment. The Centre
is based on an old farmhouse, situated in the picturesque Vale of the White Horse, in Oxfordshire. The environment is relaxed
and we use no industrial chemicals, putting patients at their ease.
Horses, ponies and farm animals
are usually visited for acupuncture treatment at their own premises, around the UK, while dogs, cats and other smaller
animals are generally brought to us. However, house visits to dogs, cats and other species can also be arranged and horses
or ponies can be brought to a nearby holistic livery premises or met half-way, if it is more convenient.
invite and accept referrals for veterinary acupuncture
We also offer online video consultations
, in support of local veterinary practices, for those who are too distant to travel, who live abroad or who cannot
travel to us for other reasons [UK & International]. This service is also available for horse and pony clients. We
can offer Homeopathy
etc. by this means. However, hands-on therapies, such as Acupuncture
and Chiropractic Manipulation
, are of course not available by this route.
|Horse Acupuncture [Equine Acupuncture]
|acupuncture horse / acupuncture vet
Christopher Day is a holistic vet and acupuncture
vet with more than 40 years of experience in natural and holistic medicine. He has been using veterinary acupuncture
(acupuncture for animals) for more than 30 years.
The main benefits of animal acupuncture
1. Acupuncture can relieve pain, via the release of endorphins (morphine-like endogenous
opioid chemicals, which are the body's natural pain-killers and anti-stress messengers). This is particularly useful when
an animal suffers acute neck pain or back pain but is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic pain.
acupuncture can stimulate the body's own healing and defence mechanisms.
acupuncture can offer an alternative to drug medication, thus avoiding drug side-effects.
can offer the veterinary acupuncturist alternative therapeutic possibilities, when drug medicine or surgery may have failed.
is well-tolerated or even enjoyed by most animal patients.
Acupuncture has survived
thousands of years, a true 'test of time' and yet is still used as first-line medicine for a large percentage of the
human population of the world. It is gaining in popularity, in the developd West, as a result of disillusionment with drug
side-effects, the continuing prevalence of chronic, painful and debilitating disease and the sense of well-being that
can be induced by this gentle form of therapy. This is true of acupuncture in animals, just as much
as for humans.
"As a veterinary surgeon who joined the profession out of a genuine wish to improve the
lot of animals in human care, I have found that acupuncture has widened my horizons and enabled me to do so much more for
my patients than I coud before I took up this work." - Christopher Day
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Veterinary Acupuncture: Acupuncture usually refers to
the use of needles but there are other ways of stimulating acupuncture points. At the AVMC, we use LASER stimulation, finger
pressure (acupressure), moxa (moxibustion), electrical stimulation or injection, in addition to the traditional needling option.
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Christopher Day, vet acupuncturist for over 30
years, has been involved in the academic side of the training of acupuncture vets (veterinary acupuncturists - vet acupuncturists).
acupuncture treatment for the following species: horse, pony, dog, cat, donkey, goat, cattle, sheep, pig, llama,
alpaca, reindeer, buffalo, bird, poultry, ferret, rabbit.
Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre
Stanford in the Vale
Oxfordshire SN7 8NQ
Fax: 01367 718243