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Dream jobs don’t exist
  1. Lucy Dobree, BVM, BVS, MRCVS

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Lucy Dobree is a veterinary surgeon at Bicester Vets, Oxfordshire

‘And tell the lady what you want to be when you grow up.’

I’m halfway through my morning consultations when I meet six-year-old Elsie. She walked into my consulting room with her mum and her dog Barney, wearing a surgery cap, a tiny set of scrubs and holding a yellow plastic stethoscope.

‘A vet,’ she tells me before she puts her stethoscope in her ears and leans down to listen intently to the top of Barney’s head.

As we watch Elsie move her stethoscope from Barney’s skull to another famously auscultative piece of anatomy, his cervical spine, her mother proudly tells me that being a vet is all her daughter talks about – ‘It’s her dream job’.

I know that feeling and what it is to …

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