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ON March 29, 2016, Elizabeth Harvey Akhzam (née Torbet), BVM&S, MRCVS, of The Cottage, 8 Jubilee Terrace, Barton, Richmond, North Yorkshire. Mrs Akhzam qualified from Edinburgh in 1968.
Lewis G. Grant, vice-president of the British Veterinary Public Health Association, writes: I first met Liz when she joined the ‘Class of 68′ at the Dick Vet in second year, having defected from the ‘dreaded medics’ when she saw the light and joined the profession that her heart felt was right for her. Out of the 52 students at that time, only six were female.
On qualifying in 1968, she worked in a mixed, mainly large animal practice in Barnard Castle, when female large animal vets were uncommon to say the least. However, using her engaging personality in addition to her veterinary skills, she succeeded in gaining the respect and affection of the vast majority of the farming community the practice served. Her background knowledge of farming undoubtedly contributed to her …
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