As someone who works in a vet practice I wholeheartedly recommend this marvellous book. It is filled with sensible no nonsense good advice. Dr Chapman's years of valuable experience condensed and shared is an easy to read book.

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What a very useful little book. I was absorbed by this and read it from cover to cover with great interest, although much of it is about horses and I have never been near a horse in my life. I like Dr Chapman's no-nonsense style and appreciate his vast experience, especially his inclusion of what he calls natural and alternative remedies. I am especially delighted to discover why my red setter has extremely unsociable flatulence - and shall be giving her raw (not cooked) vegetables in future. Thank you!!

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Dr. Chapman's easy and informative style of writing, took me straight to the heart of his concern and knowledge for animals. His wide and far reaching approach in diagnosis and treatment is inspiring. 'Thinking outside the box', and using all of his years of experience and skill,would make me feel confident that any animal would receive the best help available while in his care.Through this small book, Dr. Chapman impresses me as a man who has enjoyed his work. He has retained an active interest in modern veterinary science, while incorporating a wider understanding through a his holistic approach and willingness to apply folk or 'bush' remedies, when appropriate.

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A very good read and very informative ... Highly recommended

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I am delighted with this book, easy to read with lots of interesting tips and advice, think it is an absolute must for every horsey bookshelf. It also contains useful information and first-aid treatment relevant to cats, dogs and most other animals too, in fact a thoroughly good read for anyone involved in animal care. Fascinating little book, excellent value for money.

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University of Bristol: School of Veterinary Sciences


Dr Richard Chapman BVSc qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1958 obtaining his degree from the School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol.


Dr. Chapman practises Veterinary Medicine in the old-fashioned way: feeling with his fingertips, using his eyes, ears, sense of smell and a large dose of intuition. He mixes experience with wisdom, combining old and new practices, the holistic with the allopathic, and bush techniques with technology.


Several of Dr. Chapman's clients asked him to write this book because they have come to rely on his knowledge, experience and understanding of animals, and of the illnesses, accidents and ailments that beset them. Dr Chapman considers prevention is better than cure, so this book contains many well-proven and simple health-promoting practices.

Extract from a review of the book: Do I call the Vet? 
by Professor Alistair Barr MA VetMB LLB PhD DVR DEO DipECVS CertSAO MRCVS, 
School of Clinical Veterinary Sciences, University of Bristol, England, UK


‘...there is much descriptive material in the book, derived from the author’s experience, that may help the uninitiated recognise what may be wrong and encourage them to seek veterinary advice…there is sound advice throughout the book on various aspects of management including diets reflecting what the species has evolved to eat “in the wild” and management regimes that reflect the benefits of, for example, grazing at pasture in horses.'




DO I CALL THE VET? subtitled “and what to do in themeantime”, is the name of a ring-bound volume of memoirs-cum-manual by 80-year-old Richard Chapman, who qualified at Bristol in 1958 and has spent 57 years in practice, nine in the UK, the rest in Australia.


He has been in mixed practice, handling mainly equine work, and in sole practice and has studied holistic and alternative medicine, natural medicine and folk or “bush” remedies.

The book was written in response to requests from clients; it has nine chapters on horses and 12 on dogs and cats, with four appendices which include recipes for mashes for horses, poultices, alternative treatments and some “miscellaneous items”.


In the foreword, he writes: “When I started work, veterinary practice was very different from the way it is today … we had none of today’s diagnostic tools, such as ultrasound and x-rays, not to mention all the other lovely toys. Instead we had to hone our senses. We used our eyes; we had to develop brains in our fingertips so that we could ‘feel’ what was happening; we used our sense of smell; and we learned to listen to our intuition and experience. These arts are now almost dead.”


He adds: “The purpose of this handbook is to pass on information that works – it is not a scientific manual but a practical, quick reference for home treatment.”

Extract from article in Veterinary Practice Magazine





WRITTEN in a delightfully friendly manner and very easy to understand, this is a lovely book for clients who keep horses, dogs and cats. Scientists might not be familiar with the advice given by “Dr Green”, but, like the author, I have always found it very useful, even if little evidence exists as to its effectiveness.


Although many in the profession, including myself, might disagree with some statements made about horses’ teeth, I am sure we would all applaud the five bullet points at the end of the chapter. 


The owner is given useful advice on the action to take in colic cases.However, all through this section the author stresses the need to telephone a veterinary surgeon. 


The author wisely stresses the danger of preparations containing cortisone instilled into eyes.


Under the musculoskeletal section is another section on dentistry. The author must be applauded for stressing a gag (speculum) should always be used. I enjoyed the section on skin disease and was delighted with the bold type for all puncture wounds requiring veterinary attention.


Veterinary treatments for dogs and cats is outside of my comfort zone, but I liked the down to earth advice.


Dr Chapman ends the book by saying “thank you all”. So, on behalf of Veterinary Times readers, thank you Dr Chapman for your useful book for horse and pet owners – not only in the UK, but also in Australia. I love kippers for breakfast, but never thought of giving them to a sick horse.

– Graham Duncanson


Extract from article in Veterinary Times Magazine




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