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ON December 6, 2015, Anthony John Stevens, MA, BVSc, DipBact, MRCVS, of Marigold Cottage, Halfpenny Lane, Guildford, Surrey. Mr Stevens qualified from Liverpool in 1949.
Bill Watson and Brian Spence write: Tony Stevens was born in Derbyshire in 1926 and educated at Long Eaton Secondary School until he left home in September 1944 to enter Liverpool Veterinary College. He qualified as MRCVS in June 1949 and BVSc in December. After a short period in general practice working in Derby, Lanchester and Haywards Heath he was offered a research training scholarship by the recently established Animal Health Trust. He worked in the veterinary pathology department at Liverpool university before taking the diploma in bacteriology (DipBact) course at Manchester university.
On a visit to the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL), Weybridge, in 1952 he met the newly appointed director, Dr W. A. Stableforth, who appointed him as a research officer. This was short lived, however, as he was asked to go, as a two-week locum, to the Newcastle Veterinary Investigation (VI) Centre, but was later permanently transferred to the VI Service and he remained in Newcastle as assistant veterinary …