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president of the Central Veterinary Society, and veterinary surgeon

I took up science because I found the science lessons at school to be more interesting than lessons in other subjects. When I was 14 years old, and as the GCE O-level examinations approached, my school ruled that I had to drop two subjects. English language, mathematics, French, scripture and Latin were all compulsory subjects for O-level at my school.

I chose to drop history and geography, which meant that in addition to the core subjects, I studied biology, chemistry, physics and English literature, and took O-level examinations in these subjects in 1951. Thereafter, I studied chemistry, physics, zoology and botany, and took A-level examinations in these subjects in 1953.

As a teenager, science was in my blood, and I would not have considered specialising in any other subject. Six months after deciding to specialise in science, I decided to become a veterinary surgeon, and was ultimately able to achieve this ambition.