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I dealt with a heifer that ‘snuck out to the disco’ and a one-tonne cow trapped in a feeder last week… and then got savaged by a cat

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Different world: Robert Hardy and Christopher Timothy on the set of the BBC TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' in 1989. Photo: Getty

Different world: Robert Hardy and Christopher Timothy on the set of the BBC TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' in 1989. Photo: Getty

Eamon with a cat - not the one that bit him

Eamon with a cat - not the one that bit him

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Different world: Robert Hardy and Christopher Timothy on the set of the BBC TV series 'All Creatures Great and Small' in 1989. Photo: Getty

I was deep in conversation with a colleague recently about the state of the veterinary profession. We were nursing a pint at a wedding while we discussed the massive shortage of vets.

Somewhat selfishly, my main area of concern is rural veterinary practice. The ‘situations vacant’ section of the Irish Veterinary Journal makes for frightening reading, with page after page of ads from vet practices seeking vets.


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