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Lucy Dobree is a veterinary surgeon at Bicester Vets, Oxfordshire.
When I started working as a vet I was terrible at placing intravenous catheters. I’m pretty sure in that first fortnight I ruined every vein I touched; bruising both the animals I was attempting to treat and my own self confidence in the process. But one day, after blowing the veins of yet another vomiting dog, I was ushered into a side room by one of the veterinary nurses. She told me she had been watching me and had worked out where I was going wrong. She suggested we place the next catheter together and she would talk me through it. Later that day, under her direction, I placed the catheter first time into another patient. It was magic. I could finally …
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