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IN tribute to Margaret Gillian Ogden (VR, January 7, 2012, vol 170, p 25), A. L. Ogden writes: Jill Ogden, who died on Boxing Day 2011, a few days before her 87th birthday, was one of only eight women entering the wartime-evacuated Royal Veterinary College at Streatley in the autumn of 1943. Her younger sister Jenny followed a year later, so, before they reached fourth year, their father decided it was sensible and economic to lease a fine house, ‘Well Barn’, set in its own valley deep in the downs above Streatley, and bring their horses there.
Colonel John Hickman, who became Jill's lifelong mentor and friend, used her horse ‘Doone’, with Jill up, for demonstration purposes. Doone, a thoroughbred, had, before college, been broken into shafts for driving so Jill could earn money during her equivalent of a gap year doing a local milk round.
For over 40 years after qualifying, she worked nearly continuously. This was usually in mixed practice and always taking a fair share …