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Veterinary profession
Science and practice
  1. Alexander Corbishley1,
  2. Peers Davies2 and
  3. John Mather3
  1. 1Roslin Institute, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG
  2. 2Smith Cottage, Long Lane, Alkmonton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3DJ
  3. 3Silverton Veterinary Practice, 8 Grosvenor Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 5AY
  1. e-mail: alexander.corbishley{at}

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AS contemporary recent graduates, we would like to offer an alternative to Ms Jeffery's recent letter (VR, March 30, 2013, vol 172, p 345) concerning the Viewpoint article ‘Don't forget the science’ (VR, March 16, 2013, vol 172, pp 293-294).

There is certainly a practical skills gap between what is taught at veterinary school and the expectations of clients and employers of newly qualified veterinary surgeons. This is clearly evidenced by the RCVS Survey 2010 (, where only approximately 10 per cent of veterinary surgeons agreed or strongly agreed that …

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