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  1. R. L. Butcher

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IN further tribute to Raymond Leslie Butcher (VR, February 21, 2015, vol 176, pp 206-207), Kathy Beasley writes: Ray Butcher touched and influenced the lives of a great many people, both in the veterinary world and beyond. His knowledge, combined with a kind, easy manner, and a dance style second to none, meant he was popular wherever he went.

He qualified from Cambridge in 1976, possibly the first West Ham supporter to do so, and, after a year as a house surgeon in Glasgow, he returned to his Essex roots, accepting a partnership at the Wylie Veterinary Centre in Upminster, where he had seen practice as a boy.

A skilful surgeon and beloved by his clients, Ray soon showed he could turn his hand to anything, whether it was the circus …

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