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Patient safety first
  1. Mark Turner
  1. Flat 3, 48 Valley Road, Bromley BR2 0HD
  1. e-mail: markpturner{at}

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I am writing in response to the debate about the recruitment and retention crisis in the veterinary profession. I have recently completed a research project into the patient-safety culture in British small animal practice. The project demonstrated the significant gulf in standards between veterinary and human medicine. I believe that this disparity explains at least some of the reported disillusionment in the workforce.

In several areas, but principally our attitude towards human error, the profession lags far behind other safety-critical industries

My research suggested that in …

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