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Ron Sismey

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Ron Sismey was born in Bexleyheath on October 27, 1935, the only child of Ted and Barbara Sismey. He went to school in Kent and, not being allowed to keep pets at home, he decided early on that he was going to become a vet.

After two years’ National Service in the Royal Artillery, he was among the 1957 student intake at the Royal Veterinary College, London, qualifying in 1963 – the same year that he married Liz, whom he had met in London. They moved to Andover where Ron started as an assistant in large animal practice; it was here that their first child Jonathan …

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