Cuckoo Fayre

I was a senior at primary school. My class and I were quietly studying in a science lesson, when our teacher started behaving oddly. We were all very fond of her. She was one of the younger ones. Kind and friendly, yet firm enough not to allow us to take advantage of her good nature. […]

Dancing Student

One of my passions is dancing. For a few years as a student I competed for my University in ballroom dancing competitions, and one year our team went to compete in San Francisco. I don’t want you to think that I was a brilliant dancer, or that I am boasting. I am fully aware that […]

Simon’s story

This lovely story has been shared with me by one of my clients. Over fifty years ago a young couple, Pam and John acquired their first Siamese cat and called him Simon. He wasn’t the best looking, and had been the runt of the litter. But what he lacked in looks he made up for […]

Student Life

Being a vet student wasn’t all hard study. In my undergraduate years I joined the university ballroom dancing club. I was fortunate to be promoted to the team, which opened up opportunities to compete. Better still, we were invited to travel to America and compete at some universities in Utah and in San Francisco. Sadly, […]

A vet looks after all kinds of animals

But the smaller the patient, the more tricky certain issues are to solve. For instance, the winter white dwarf hamster makes a very pretty pet, but they are tiny, weighing in at around thirty grams. The first difficulty is making a diagnosis. These pets are more often admired from a distance than petted, which means […]

Student initiation

It was my first week at Trinity College, Cambridge, and I was off to the freshers’ dinner.  I was keen to make new friends, and to have some fun, as well as to learn plenty, of course. All the first year students were wined and dined in the Hall, seated on long wooden benches, overlooked […]

Guinea pig with a head tilt

I sometimes feel like Sherlock Holmes. I see a patient, with certain symptoms, and I have to follow the clues to reach the diagnosis. Only then can I use my expertise to offer the right treatment. But when the patient is a guinea pig, things are more tricky. They are so small, and usually the […]

Feline Infectious Anaemia

The medical profession is littered with acronyms. It is so much easier to say FIV rather than feline immunodeficiency virus, or FeLV instead of feline leukaemia virus. I always enjoyed saying PUO for pyrexia of unknown origin. But when I was a student I seemed to have a kind of blindness between FIV and FIA. […]

How it all started

People often ask me how I decided to become a veterinary surgeon. It all started with a passion for animals, and most especially for horses. And, I suspect, the fact that my parents point-blank refused to indulge that passion, by never allowing us to have any pets. I felt very deprived as a young child. […]

Harry’s near miss

“Help! He has swallowed a razor blade!” These are not words you really want to hear. My mind had no trouble imaging all kinds of wounds and nasty outcomes of that error. It seems that Harry just could not help himself. As a biscuit loving hound, when his owner was excitedly opening a parcel, he […]