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The unnatural order of things

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FAR be it from me to question the dogma that practice is the backbone of the veterinary profession. However, as I look back at practice from the outside, I do sometimes wonder whether the profession is suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. When I was a student there was a clear order of prestige in the type of work practitioners undertook. Horse work was the tops; when I was a student one of our lecturers insisted that the world judged vets by their handling of horse cases. Some of us wondered whether to change careers forthwith.

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