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IN tribute to Nicola Jane Humpage (VR, May 17, 2014, vol 174, p 509), Deborah Seamer writes: Nicola Humpage was quiet and private, incredibly intelligent, and she developed, through her love of the animals in this world, an awareness of man's destruction of the environment and habitat and the cruelty that we inflict on these obliging beasts, especially the poor old donkey.
She came to the RVC, as a smart, horsey, young lady, sitting keenly in the front of lectures, and lived in halls, with a fellow group of studious girls. They were always top of the year for marks, never caused a ripple, but managed to attract the best looking guys!
Her first job was in Abergavenny, where she was then one of the first few female vets to work in those ‘distant, rural’ parts. She fell in love with Wales, its mountains, folklore and dragons. Despite working in the elements with mountain ponies and the hill cattle, she developed a flare for small animal work and soon became a quick but skilled surgeon. With her constant quest for knowledge and self development, she broadened her horizons by …
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