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Veterinary profession
Dr yes or Dr no?
  1. Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz
  1. Orchard Paddock, Iron Lane, Bramley, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0BY
  1. e-mail: dgvs{at}

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MY perspective on the question of whether veterinary surgeons should be allowed to use the courtesy title doctor is as an American, having earned a BSc university degree before a DVM postgraduate degree. I have been concerned for many years that the UK system of veterinary education is failing to adequately prepare its graduates for life in the profession.

The problem begins with a system that pressurises 13- to 14-year-old students to chose a profession (who are often too immature to make such decisions) and then begins to restrict their education at GCSEs and then severely …

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