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A mixed career and not without cost

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Jackie Brearley aimed to go into mixed practice, but ended up as an anaesthesia specialist. She then changed direction, developing Cambridge vet school’s clinical skills centre.

MY father was a doctor but medicine never held any attraction for me. I was always someone who wanted to help, but the subject of that help was always animals. I wanted to be a vet.

The careers advice from my comprehensive school was that if I didn’t get into vet school I could always do an HND in agriculture. Even at the time this seemed a strange either/or, but I was focused and, with the help of some amazing teachers, I got into Cambridge.

During vet school, I worked on local pig and dairy farms and spent time in Wales, working with sheep. My clinical EMS was mainly mixed practice and I …

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