Born in 1945 to parents who were vets, Chris knew he was always going to be a vet too. He had the best teachers for his future career as he recalls that they were “shining examples of the profession, putting the patient above all and client second.”
He saw practice with his parents from a very young age and knew that country vetting was for him. During these early days of Chris’s life in the 1950s, ‘traditional’ medicines were still on the shelves. He saw the evolution of modern pharmaceuticals and acquired more understanding of clinical pharmacology than he said he had any right to at such a young age!
Chris had relations who were homeopathic physicians in Germany which is where his interest was ignited. He watched his mother use homeopathy in her veterinary work. He saw it in action, helping conditions that he already understood to be only treatable with conventional medical intervention.
Chris’s journey into veterinary medicine at the age of 25 lead him to the use of, not just homeopathy, but acupuncture, chiropractic, essential oils and herbs (which he saw as leading to the evolution of many of the pharmaceutical products already appearing in the 1950s). Qualifying as a vet in 1972, from Cambridge University and Veterinary School, where he also studied agriculture, Chris set up as a country vet. Naturally, he would be called out by farmers to treat their livestock and his knowledge on large animals, including horses, extended to small animals and wildlife. He explains in his bio
for the Faculty of Homeopathy that