Buy A veterinary guide to Holistic Therapies

A Veterinary Guide to HOLISTIC THERAPIES

This guide is an essential introduction to some of the main holistic veterinary therapies, written by experienced practitioners in their fields and edited by integrative vets Ilse Pedler and Mark Elliot.

It’s intended as a guide for young vets starting out on their careers but will also assist any vet who is asked about CAM by their clients or who simply wants to know more and maybe add to their own CPD. It makes a great read for the animal owner or guardian too and will help in discussing your animal’s treatment with your vet. 

Veterinary guide to holistic therapies


  • Introduction – Mark Elliott
  • What is Holism? – Ilse Pedler
  • Acupuncture – Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz
  • Chiropractic – Jackie Leftwich
  • Osteopathy – Tony Nevin
  • Herbal Medicine – Vicky Simon
  • Homeopathy – Ilse Pedler
  • Flower Essences – Tim Couzens
  • Nutraceuticals – Emma Purnell
  • Nutrition – Jonathan Self

As more and more of us want access to CAM treatments, it’s important that up and coming vets have some knowledge of their scope, how to find out more about them and, most importantly, how to go about training for these additional qualifications and specialities should they be interested.  Not for the first time have we lamented the dearth of new holistic vets coming through the system and this is what prompted the creation of the booklet.

Little, if any attention, is currently paid to CAM in UK vet schools so the primary aim is to distribute the booklet to newly qualified vets.

The booklet also makes an excellent addition to any veterinary surgery bookshelf – you may want to get a copy for your local vet.  The role of the GP vet is to open doors where needed whether that’s to a conventional or a CAM specialist and this book will enable them to do so more easily.

The information in the booklet may also be instrumental in encouraging established vets to undergo further training themselves thereby widening the services they can offer in house.

Increasing the potential to be able to help an animal is clearly good for the health of the animal concerned. Furthermore, it can increase the wellbeing not only of the owner/guardian because they feel they are doing all they possibly can for their animal, but also that of the vet. Mental health can be a serious consideration for anyone, and we shouldn’t underestimate the pressure that our vets are under. The job is intense at the best of times, but covid lockdown restrictions have often made things even more stressful. There’s also a crisis in recruiting new vets in the UK. This is not helped by the huge increase in the number of people who’ve bought a dog or cat for company on finding themselves unexpectedly at home for long periods. Widening out the scope of treatments available can therefore help ease the pressure throughout the veterinary sector.

As llse Pedler says:

“This booklet describes a different approach, how looking at the whole animal is often of greater benefit for both animal and owner……. It does not dismiss the value of conventional treatments and procedures; it merely gives you more options for the care of your patients which benefits all in the long term.”

The booklet outlines:

  • What each therapy is and how it works
  • What to expect in a consultation or treatment session
  • Case studies
  • Where to obtain more information
  • Governing bodies, national & international organisations
  • How to go about training
  • Further reading