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Getting the best from the experts
  1. David Buckley

    David Buckley qualified from the RVC in 1976. He is now a partner in a 12-person mixed practice in Devon. He has a particular interest in equine reproduction and holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine. He also has an ongoing interest in practice management and has been president of the BVHA and the Western Counties Veterinary Association.


VETS often find themselves in the position of the 'expert' in various contexts such as during a meeting with the local nutritionist or the management team of, say, a farm or a stud. Equally, they also recognise that there are instances when other vets can provide a higher level of clinical expertise - hence the system of referrals within the profession. Quite often, however, they are reticent about asking for advice in areas which could improve their own practice or its management. In this article, David Buckley aims to break down the barriers to asking for help from outside experts, give some pointers as to where to go for help and look at what work needs to be done before spending any hard-earned money.

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