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    Tim Greet remembers Brian Singleton
    • Tim Greet, Equine surgeon Rossdales Equine Hospital

    Dr William Brian Singleton CBE, Dip ACVS, FRCVS

    Brian Singleton died quietly at his home in Blakeney, Norfolk, on 23 October 2018, at the ripe old age of 95. Brian was one of the most distinguished veterinary surgeons of his or any generation and had the unique distinction of being a past president and one of the founding members of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), a past president of the RCVS and perhaps surprisingly, also of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). I am certain that this will never be achieved again.

    Others have written of his small animal surgical skills in private practice in Pont Street, with Woody Woodrow a co-founder and first president of BSAVA. However, my first involvement with Brian was when he was a newly appointed director of the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and I was a Horserace Betting Levy Board scholar, keen to gain experience in Newmarket, working on equine airway disease with Dr Bob Cook. Brian not only facilitated my appointment but was a great source of inspiration and encouragement. He was an honorary diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a rare distinction for a private practitioner working in the UK. He always insisted on the highest surgical standards and was not slow in ensuring that we young surgeons always strived to improve ourselves. He encouraged and supported my joining Peter Rossdale’s practice, at a time when relationships between the two Newmarket practices c...

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