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IN tribute to Roy Muir Mack (VR, September 10, 2016, vol 179, p 258), Robert Taylor writes: Roy Mack was born in Friern Barnet, North London, in 1927, to George (a builder's foreman) and Victoria Mack. He grew up in Dartford, Kent, and was educated at Dartford Grammar School, where his best subjects were botany and zoology. He started at the Royal Veterinary College in 1945 when it was in Streatley, where it had been evacuated during the Second World War. As a student, he spent his holidays climbing mountains in Austria and staying with a youth camp restoring a railway in (then) Yugoslavia. He taught himself to read German because he found that many of the best textbooks were written in that language. He qualified in 1949, when the veterinary qualification was not recognised as a degree – this was rectified in 2014, when Roy and his colleagues were presented with Honorary Bachelor of Veterinary Studies degrees by the University of London.
After qualifying in 1950, Roy began his veterinary career as an assistant in a formerly single-handed practice run by …