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Acupuncture Vet
Chris Day MRCVS [Ron Toft]

Acupuncture Vet

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The AVMC offers veterinary acupuncture for horses, ponies, dogs, cats, cattle, buffalo, donkeys, goats, llamas, alpacas, reindeer, ferrets, rabbits and other species of animal.

The 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.

We invite and accept referrals for veterinary acupuncture treatment.

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, Herbs 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 are:
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.
2.  Veterinary acupuncture can stimulate the body's own healing and defence mechanisms.
3.  Vet acupuncture can offer an alternative to drug medication, thus avoiding drug side-effects.
4.  Acupuncture can offer the veterinary acupuncturist alternative therapeutic possibilities, when drug medicine or surgery may have failed.
5.  Acupuncture 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. Different methodologies appear to suit individual patients, so we allow the patient a 'say' in the mode of treatment chosen.

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We operate a major information website at:

Acupuncture for Horses & Ponies [page in this website]
Acupuncture for Dogs [page in this website]
Acupuncture for Cats  [page in this website]
Acupuncture for Farm Animals [page in this website] [website describing equine acupuncture] [website describing the role of veterinary chiropractic manipulation - we find it an essential component of acupuncture treatment]


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).

We offer 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
Chinham House
Stanford in the Vale
Oxfordshire SN7 8NQ
Tel.: 01367 710324
Fax: 01367 718243
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