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Looking after interns and residents
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    Looking after interns and residents

    Sir, This is the first letter I have ever written to the Veterinary Record in 15 years as a veterinary surgeon, but I read with considerable interest the letter 'Looking after Interns and Residents' by Anon (http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.l1200). Whilst there are, no doubt, many who have enjoyed their internships/ residencies, I agree with Anon that my impression is that this does not seem to be the norm. Many, such as myself, who might have gone on to pursue a residency and a career in specialist medicine, did not do so because of the very negative experience during the internship. I know I am very far from being alone in this. The account given by Anon about their experience, and the negative effect of the behaviour of senior staff, completely parallels my own experience and that described by many others I have met. How many careers that might have prospered have been ruined in this way? Those overseeing internships and residencies should reflect that they have a duty of care, not just to the mental wellbeing of junior staff, but to inspire and encourage the ambitions and aspirations of young vets who want to make a real contribution to our profession at the highest level, and not to destroy them.

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