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On a recent visit to a veterinary school, David Mills was party to a proclamation emanating from a group of vet students, one of whom revealed that he didn't want to be ‘just a general practitioner’.
I was amused primarily by the echoes of student surety and idealism, but perplexed, secondarily, by the intimation of the horror-filled existence imagined to be the GP's lot, and, finally, mildly annoyed by the failure-laden ‘just’. It would be easy, and perhaps better, to dismiss such exclamations as the naivety of youth, but I feel to do so would be to ignore a malaise that is potentially worrying, especially if pervasive among the next generation of vets.
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