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ON July 15, 2014, Stephen William Hipkins, BVM&S, MRCVS, of 213 Cranbook Road, Bristol. Mr Hipkins qualified from Edinburgh in 1972.
Tom Waterworth writes: It was while ‘Hippo’, as Stephen William Hipkins was fondly known, was at Daventry Grammar School that he was first introduced to veterinary medicine and indeed to what was ultimately going to be his practice for nearly his entire career. He first ‘saw practice’ with the Bilton Veterinary Centre, when it was known as Furber and Lloyd-Griffiths in the mid-1960s. He qualified from Edinburgh in 1972 and after a short spell in Retford, he was employed at Bilton as a small animal vet, with a surgical bias, to cater for the rapid expansion of this side of the business.
However, it very quickly became apparent that his passion and skills (as well as bedside manner) were primarily with farm work. His practical, intuitive and no-nonsense approach swiftly helped to build up a large and loyal farm base. His main interests were with cattle and sheep and he very much took the approach of ‘if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well’ – even if this did initially aggravate some of the more stubborn and archaic farmers. Stephen refused to cut corners and the welfare of the animals and their carers was always at the forefront of his mind.
Stephen was a …
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