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IN tribute to Lionel Percival Stafford (VR, May 24, 2014, vol 174, p 534), Roger Eddy writes: Lionel Stafford was born on a small farm in Montgomeryshire, one of five children. Having chosen veterinary medicine as a career, he entered the Royal Veterinary College in 1941, which had relocated to Streatley during the Second World War. He graduated in 1946, having attained a BSc on the way.
Lionel spent some time in practice in Lincolnshire and then Blandford, Dorset, where he met and married Betty. His time in Dorset was a happy one but the practice did not offer a permanent position. In 1952 he moved to Shepton Mallet and joined the practice of the late Tom Paterson and was soon offered a partnership. In 1962, when Tom Paterson announced his intention to retire, Lionel purchased a redundant builder's yard in the town and converted the offices into a veterinary surgery.
Shepton Mallet was …
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