On World Veterinary Day 2022 we feel it is timely to consider the pressures that people face in this profession, given the recent tragic loss of our dear friend and equine vet, Jamie Stewart.

When money is tight and we are faced with hefty, unexpected bills, due to our horse becoming sick or injured, it can be so easy to criticise those who are ultimately there to help.

Jamie was a unique, insanely intelligent and eccentric human being. He was also a talented poet and gifted storyteller.

His poem here, with a typically strong-worded title, serves as a poignant reminder to us all, to always be kind and consider how our actions and words can affect others.

'Welcome to pony paradise’

'A moment watching happy, healthy horses is always good for the soul'

'All the hard work
we do is worth it to see their happy faces'

‘A day without a nap is like a cupcake without frosting’

‘It is very special to see them fully recovered and enjoying life again’