Chris Almond BVSc VetMFHom MRCVS

I qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Liverpool Faculty of Veterinary Science in 1973 and after graduation came to work as an assistant vet to the practice of Grant and Norrie in Masham in North Yorkshire. This was a mixed practice, dealing with all species of farm livestock, small animals and horses.

In 1979 I became a partner in the practice. Over the next 28 years, the small animal and equine part of the practice has expanded and while there has been some reduction in the farm livestock work, it continues to be a major part of the workload.

In 2001 I attended a two-module acupuncture course, arranged as a joint venture by the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and the British Medical Acupuncture Society. The use of this method of treating animals stimulated my interest in alternative medicine and I enrolled on the three-year course in Homeopathy run by the Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group. The course is designed to lead to the membership examinations of the Faculty of Homeopathy. I gained veterinary membership of the faculty in 2004.

In November 2007 I decided to retire from the practice partnership (now called Forrest House Veterinary Group), to concentrate on treating all species with homeopathy and acupuncture. Appointments are still arranged through the three Forrest House surgeries in Masham, Bedale
and Northallerton.