OFFICERS & COMMITTEE
Christopher Day has been using homeopathy in his practice for over 45 years, now running a specialised veterinary referral practice – the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre – in the family home in Oxfordshire. He qualified from Cambridge University in 1972. He treats all species of animals, from domestic pets and equine to farm, from wild to exotic and has settled to providing an integrative approach to natural medicine, employing the special strengths of different therapeutic techniques (mainly homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs, LASER and chiropractic) to stimulate and to enhance chances of recovery in his patients. For over 25 years he was the Secretary of the BAHVS and has twice served as President of the IAVH. He was the first Veterinary Dean of the Faculty of Homeopathy, founding veterinary homeopathic training in homeopathy. As of 2017, he is President of the BAHVS. He is the author of 10 books and 20 eBooks and has contributed to many others. He has written many articles, featured in television programmes, conducted clinical research and teaches worldwide.
Chris Day // President
Ilse Pedler qualified from Cambridge university in 1989 and had an interest in homeopathy from graduation. She attended several courses at the LHH and then completed the HPTG course gaining her diploma in Homeopathy in 2001. She has also trained in acupuncture and herbal medicine. She is one of the directors of Mercer and Hughes Veterinary Surgeons in Saffron Walden. She has a son and step son and long suffering husband all of whom have benefitted from Homeopathy. She has a small dog called Broccoli who accompanies her up various mountains in the Lake District.
Ilse Pedler // Junior Vice-President
Jane Keogh qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Bristol University in 1982 and spent six years in mixed practice in Worcester and Dorset, before concentrating on small animal practice. She's had an interest in complementary medicine since her student days and qualified in veterinary homeopathy in 1999 as one of only 50 veterinary surgeons to possess the qualification at that time. As a partner in the teaching group Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group (HPTC) she's taught homeopathy to vets in the UK and overseas, including Canada, Latvia, Ireland, Australia and Japan. She now works in Dorset taking homeopathic referrals.
Jane Keogh // Senior Vice-President
Stuart Marston graduated from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons London in 1972 and after two years in a mixed practice serving 60 farmers and also small animals he started his first practice in 1974 in Bedworth. The second practice was opened with his wife in Hinckley in 1989. He qualified for VetMF Hom in 2004 and was secretary then chairman and then treasurer of Midland region BSAVA for many years. He is the current Secretary of the BAHVS.
Stuart Marston // Hon. Secretary
Wendy McGrandles qualified from Glasgow Veterinary School in 1983 and went to work in a mixed practice in Northern Ireland. In 1990 she returned to her home town in Glasgow and set up her own small animal and equine practice – Glenbrae Vet Clinic in Bearsden. Over the years the business has grown to 9 vet 3 centres and now 100% Small Animal practice offering gold standard conventional and holistic treatments. She has always been involved in Homeopathy, having been treated from childhood by homeopathic family doctors and would be the 3rd generation in her family to have done so. Having had such a strong tradition in Homeopathy she has always tried to integrate it as a modality in her clinics. She decided to formalise her homeopathic training in 2002 and passed the VetMFHom exam in 2005. When not involved in running the business she is Treasurer for the BAHVS and also holds two trustee positions in different charities, namely, The Scottish Homeopathic Research and Education Trust and The Scott Creative Arts Foundation. Home for her has many animals including dogs, one cat, a small herd of Dexter cows and a number of horses. She helps her husband in the breeding and rearing of horses for eventing and racing. They all benefit from Homeopathy.
Wendy McGrandles // Secretary & Treasurer
Malene Jørgensen graduated from The Royal Veterinary- and Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 1992 and already during the university years discovered the immense possibilities of complementary medicine – in particular homeopathy. This lead to her attending courses in homeopathy and acupuncture in Denmark and Germany from 1996 – 1998, where she started her own practice for small animals and horses before moving to the UK in 2001 to work first in Somerset with Geoff Johnson and later in Yorkshire, in practices incorporating complementary medicine. In 2004 she qualified as a VetMFHom. She worked in Yorkshire for another four years, after which she moved to France to set up a practice solely offering complementary medicine (homeopathy, acupuncture, laser treatment, dietary advice etc). Together with her husband, Phil, she produces the association’s quarterly magazine and also manages their website and Facebook page.
Malene Jørgensen // Publications Editor
Peter Gregory came across homeopathy 12 years after he'd qualified as a vet, when he returned to the UK after working in Australia. He was looking for change and to practice in a way that was gentler and more holistic. After attending a lecture on homeopathy given by two members of the Faculty of Homeopathy he then tried it himself and found that it worked. He's spent the last 20 years in referral work in addition to teaching homeopathy to vets in the UK and around the world.
Peter Gregory // Faculty Veterinary Dean/IAVH Representative
Nick Thompson graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in Veterinary Pathology (Immunology, Virology, Microbiology, Parasitology and many other fascinating ‘ologies’) and his BVM&S vet degree in 1992. He went into practice, starry-eyed and confident he could treat anything. Within six months he was beginning to get disillusioned with the conventional medical model where so many diseases are just ‘managed’, where the root causes of diseases are untreatable, if they are ever sought.
He started his training at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in 1994 with dozens of other doctors and vets. He loved the principles, the breadth and scope of homeopathy and the holistic nature of the discipline. For the next four years he became obsessed with the field. In 1998 he very proudly gained his VetMFHom (veterinary membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy) by examination.
Since then he has been practicing homeopathy alongside herbal medicine, natural nutrition (he’s the founding President of the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society) and acupuncture. He started his own practice, Holisticvet Ltd., in 1999 (www.holisticvet.co.uk) in Bath, UK, and has been going from strength to strength since then.
He has lectured in homeopathy in, England, Scotland, Wales, Portugal, Lithuania and New Zealand. He has given lectures at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Southampton.
He lives in Wiltshire with his wife Elly, and their two children Arthur and Ophelia, Ziggy the cat and Lady Grey and Charlotte, the chickens.
Nick Thompson // Committee Member
Mark Elliott qualified from Bristol University Veterinary School in 1989 and immediately embarked upon an intensive period of study at the Faculty of Homeopathy in London. He achieved his qualification in this field in 1996. He established a practice near Chichester in West Sussex in 1994, which quickly became one of the largest centres for Alternative Medicine, as applied to animals, in the UK.
In 2001 he sold the practice which allowed more time to focus on his specialist fields – Homeopathy and Acupuncture – as well as furthering his research interests and allowing time for further in-depth study.
In 2010, he decided that to further evolve the integrated medical philosophy, a return to first opinion practice had to be made. Mark took the step of opening a new practice at Oving, in West Sussex, with the aim of developing a premier centre of excellence for alternative therapies integrated within a first opinion service to the local community. Hence Mark Elliott and Associates opened on 6th June 2011.
He has written several books on Homeopathy and Holistic care of animals, as well as numerous articles published in many journals. In addition he’s held a number of advisory posts, including government appointment and was 3 times elected by the profession to the role of a Council Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also a Past-President of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons.
Mark Elliott // Committee Member
Geoff Johnson worked in various veterinary practices in the 7 years after qualifying as a vet from Cambridge in 1987. He then became the owner of a four vet mixed practice on the edge of Exmoor, which he ran for 11 years, and would have described himself as a rugby playing cow vet. When his hay fever was cured overnight by homeopathy he began his homeopathic studies in 1995 qualifying as a veterinary homeopath in 1999 with the Homeopathic Physicians Teaching Group. The owners started asking for treatment upon seeing their animals getting better, so Geoff achieved the RSHom in 2001, making him the only person qualified in veterinary and human homeopathy at that time. In 2004 he completed the Dynamis Course with Jeremy Sherr. He now owns a busy homeopathy only practice in Wiveliscombe, West Somerset for humans and animals. Geoff is a sought after homeopathy teacher, and lectures widely nationally and internationally. He teaches the vets in Bristol, and wrote the curriculum and set up the Danish Veterinary School with Lise Hansen. He teaches routinely at three homeopathic colleges and has been a visiting lecturer at most of the others. He was one of the founding vets, with Trevor Adams and Chris Aukland, of the Homeopathy at Welly Level school, which has now trained over 350 farmers. He started the Animal Energy homeopathic veterinary conferences with Nick Thompson, (now in their 20th year) and has helped organise nine of these. He has studied extensively with many of the world's leading homeopaths, particularly the Joshis, Sankaran, Scholten and Lilley. In the last five years he has been interested in the origins of chronic disease, based around the concept of the separation of yin and yang. This has led him to initiate the provings of testosterone, progesterone, LH, GNRH and pineal gland. In 2014 he lectured on the treatment of cancer at the (conventional) South West and London Vet Shows. He is currently conducting a trial in the homeopathic treatment of canine osteosarcoma. Homeopathy is his joy.
Geoff Johnson // Committee Member