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Break with tradition? Changing perspectives on a professional life
  1. Joe O'Kane

    Joe O'Kane graduated from Liverpool in 1997 and spent five years in mixed practice in northern England before returning to his native Northern Ireland. He now works in a mixed practice in Limavady.


THE traditional career path for veterinary surgeons tended to involve an initial period in (usually) mixed practice before they concentrated on a specific area of veterinary work. Inevitably, most people found their niche practice and settled, eventually becoming a partner. In more recent years, there has been a shift in expectations as the attitudes of new graduates towards this traditional view of practice have changed. In this article, Joe O'Kane explores these changing attitudes and suggests some possible reasons for them.

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