Richard Allport BVetMed MRCVS VetMFHom
I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1973 and for seven years worked in veterinary practices as an assistant before opening my own practice in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire in 1980. I ran this as a single-handed practice for three years (doing all my own on calls!) before taking on an assistant which gave me a little more free time. It was at this point that I saw a seminar in veterinary homoeopathy advertised. I had already begun to realise that ‘conventional’ medicine did not offer all the answers to disease, especially chronic disease, and despite no previous knowledge or interest in alternative therapies I attended the seminar out of simple curiosity.
What I heard sounded, quite frankly, ridiculous. However I was given a few homoeopathic pills to take home with me; some Arnica, Belladonna and Cantharis if I remember correctly. When I tried these out on patients with trauma, fever and cystitis I found to my great surprise that they worked. I then decided to learn about homeopathy in depth and enrolled on the first VetMFHom course run by the Faculty of Homeopathy, which at that time was run by the Faculty itself. I was lucky enough to be one of the first three successful candidates to pass the VetMFHom examination.
As time went by I spent more and more time on treating my animal patients with homoeopathy and less and less time on conventional veterinary work until in 1996 I decide to sell my practice and open a referral centre for pets specialising in natural therapies. As the premises adjoining my existing practice had become vacant, I simply moved next door. At the centre I offer referrals in homoeopathy, acupuncture and herbal medicine; the centre also has the services of an osteopath, and a physiotherapist and spiritual healer for pets.
As we have two consulting rooms, the centre has recently expanded into the treatment of people as well as pets, although I limit my own treatment purely to pets!
Although I have been qualified as a vet for 35 years, I still find each day a challenge and still thoroughly enjoy meeting fascinating people and their even more fascinating pets. I’m certain that homoeopathy has been instrumental in keeping this interest constantly renewed and refreshed. Homoeopathy constantly makes me think; there are never any ‘routine’ cases. Neither are there any easy cases. But because every case is different I can never become stale or indifferent to my work.
There are many reasons why I committed my career to homoeopathy but in the final analysis I return to what I discovered after that first seminar. I use homoeopathy because it works.