eLetters

10 e-Letters

  • Tim Greet remembers Brian Singleton

    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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  • Memories of JET Jones

    Stuart Lake writes - As a research assistant to ‘JET’ Jones in Professor Laing's department at Bolton's Park, from 1969-72, and one of his early PhD students, sponsored by the Meat and Livestock Commission, I wish to add my tribute to his life and work in the profession.
    He did valuable research into Streptoccocal endocarditis in pigs and collaborated with medical research colleagues in many related projects. Pathology was at the root of his endeavours and the role of bacteria in porcine disease inspired many years of research into diseases that were of particular importance to the industry. He revered Koch's postulates and insisted on concise correct English when submitting scientific articles and reviewing them for esteemed scientific journals. Investigations in the field supported by excellent bacterial and histopathological facilities enabled us to elucidate the role of Klebsiella species causing mastitis in the sow. These investigations also enabled the improved teaching of UK teaching of undergraduates, and his involvement conducting the diploma of animal health course was of immense value to those students.
    Jet was greatly respected within government and university research organisations here in the UK and abroad. He was not overtly political in life and showed consideration to all.

  • Memories of Sir Dawda Jawara by Neal King

    The obituary of Sir Dawda Jawara (VR, 21 September, 2019, vol 185, p 350) triggered vivid memories of July 1994.
    I was privileged to be the new president of the RCVS at the tail end of the celebration of our sesquicentenary of the royal charter granted in 1844. The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) had been instrumental in promoting the regulation of the profession - presumably to protect its members from charlatanism.
    It occurred to me that to persuade the RASE to ask a vet to open the Royal Show would appropriately mark the 150 years of our common history, and that within the profession we had the longest serving Commonwealth head of state, the president of the Gambia.
    The idea fell on fertile ground and Sir Dawda came to the UK on a private visit accompanied by his wife and entourage.
    Glasgow university honoured him with a formal dinner and on the Sunday morning I was invited to his hotel to discuss the contents of his upcoming speech, finding myself ensconced on a sofa with the charming, unassuming, and very likeable president.
    On the opening day of the show a helicopter was to bring him from his hotel to the showground. Arriving 20 minutes late it disgorged not Sir Dawda, but most of his entourage before retreating to the skies to collect the President and his lady. We were by then an embarrassing 45 minutes late.
    His speech, containing nothing of my suggestions or our common history, was otherwise brilliant in its conten...

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  • Unsung Hero?

    I have never heard of Victor despite being in practice for nearly 40 years. I feel it is my loss. What a wonderful example to us all in the veterinary profession. I wish I had met him.
    I hope his research can be stored and archived for us all to use?

  • Time for a change?
    Jeremy Naylor

    Reading this piece by Sophie Walsh was like feeling a breath of fresh air on a hot and sticky summer's day. We constantly hear how stressful life is as a vet, the high rate of mental illness, addiction and suicide, the physical danger (at least in equine work), the high rate of dissatisfaction and colleagues leaving the profession and the difficulty of recruiting suitable candidates to jobs in practice. While, of course,...

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  • Pain relief in sheep
    Finbarr M O'Sullivan-Greene

    As pleased as I am to see research improving the weight of evidence behind pain relief in sheep, I feel it is important to note that as bupivacaine, fentanyl and methadone are not contained in the table of allowed substances in Commission Regulation EU No 37/2010 they cannot be prescribed under the cascade to food producing animals in the UK/EU.

    Conflict of Interest:

    None decl...

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  • Tail injuries in working dogs
    Pauline Baines

    In this abstract, the figures are confusing and appear to be aiming at a legislative 'get out' clause to standardise the regulation throughout the UK. The abstract gives mainly percentages, which avoids stating numbers. So many puppies need to be docked to prevent one 'injury' that it becomes pointless to dock. In another printed abstract, it was stated that it needs 232 puppies to be docked to avoid one late amputation in...

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  • Challenges to quality testing for bovine tuberculosis in Ireland; perspectives from major stakeholders
    Wm. J. Cashman

    The above paper highlights some of the issues raised within the Irish bovine TB eradication scheme since its inception in 1955. It addresses them in the same manner by which they were addressed historically, ie, qualitative opinions of stakeholders' perceptions on the quality of testing. Such single-issue analysis had led to debates being more political than a scientific assessment of the scheme, which was what was required t...

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  • Questions about this Study
    Mary. K. Gorham

    I recently read an article online related to this study at horse.com. I have a couple of questions concerning the accuracy of the study claiming that sugars are reduced by soaking hay in water.

    First, I'd like to know if there has there been any test performed on sun-dried hay or on still wet hay? I would like to know how long the hay was placed in the oven, what temp was used and what was the oven convection type ?...

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  • Nagpur Veterinary College celebrates World Veterinary Day with IVSA
    Mangesh K Nakade

    Nagpur Veterinary College and the Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Science University, with the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA), India and Wildlife conservation and Agro-Rural Development (WARD) Foundation, celebrated World Veterinary Day on April 27, 2013. They focused on the theme of World Veterinary Day 2013: Vaccination – To prevent and protect.

    Teachers, students and staff participated in t...

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