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IN tribute to Norman Comben (VR, October 1, 2011, vol 169, p 366), Bruce Vivash Jones writes: Norman Comben, born in Harrow, Middlesex, in 1924, was educated first at the Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood, before entering the Royal Veterinary College in 1940, qualifying in 1945. He then went into practice and in 1950 put up his plate in South Kensington – paying £150 for the lease of a small shop unit, with an additional £150 for annual rent and hiring his ‘nurse/general assistant’ at a salary of £6 a week.
To supplement the initial practice income he conducted RSPCA clinics in the East End of London, earning one guinea (£1.05) per hour. He also attended greyhound racing tracks, being paid one guinea for a two-hour training session or three guineas for a full race meeting. His regular consultation fee was 3s/6d (£0.17) with home visits at 5s/- to 10s/- (£0.25 to £0.50) depending on the …