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Human and veterinary general practice
  1. Sarah Burns, BSc, BVM&S1 and
  2. S. H. Barros D'Sa, MB BCh, MRCS, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP2
  1. 4th year medical student, 14 Tremona Court, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6TH
  2. South Ham House, 96 Paddock Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG22 6RL
  1. e-mail: sjhb106{at}

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IN their article ‘Who and what is a veterinary specialist?’ (VR, October 1, 2011, vol 169, pp 354–356), Gardiner, Lowe and Armstrong raise some interesting and valid points about specialisation within veterinary practice. However, the article falls down by making sweeping and ill-informed comparisons between small animal and human general practice.

The implication of the article is that working as a human general practitioner (GP) lacks variety, flexibility or clinical autonomy and is restricted to sitting at a desk performing ‘primarily a biographical type of medicine’ using speech as ‘the main clinical technique’.

Are the authors aware that GPs have a …

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