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Solo vets: the challenges of going it alone
  1. Christine Shield

    Christine Shield graduated from Edinburgh in 1983. She works freelance, after having sold the single-handed small animal practice that she ran for 17 years. She is a pastpresident of the SPVS and the North of England Veterinary Association and a council member of the RCVS and BVA.


WHAT does the future hold for single-handed practice? Society today is imposing pressures that could make life more difficult for the solo vet in many ways, and some have wondered whether this business format is sustainable. Veterinary surgeons, however, do not lack initiative, and, as Christine Shield suggests, it seems likely that solutions will be found that will ensure the survival of this branch of practice.

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