The Country Vet: a Dying Breed

UK - The image of the British country vet is changing from the folksy character embodied in James Herriot's novels - All Creatures Great and Small - to one dealing with large-scale disease outbreaks.
calendar icon 13 October 2008
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According to Nigel Farndale in the Telegraph, the traditional vet is a thing of the past.

In an insight into the modern day practices of the vet Farndale looks at the more labour intensive aspects of the country vet's lot.

He examines the frustration encountered by the vets while dealing with the foot and mouth disease outbreak in the UK in 2001.

And he looks at how the veterinary profession in the UK has changed, turning more into a profession dominated by women and dealing with small animals rather than farm animals.

Farndale also examines the changing technology and understanding of the modern vet, far removed from the romantic image embodied in James Herriot's vets.

Further Reading

- You can read the full Nigel Farndale article by clicking here.

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