" ... I was trustingly employed by Messrs. Hale and Brown, in Chippenham, Wiltshire, the members of which firm had been kind to me as a student over several summers. This was a predominantly agricultural practice. It did not represent a departure from any grand plan on my part because, at the time, I had no thought of being anything other than a farm animal vet. The salary was ten pounds a week and I thought it princely. Derek Hale, the senior partner and a wise and wonderful mentor, did most of the horse work. He was a keen hunting man and much devoted to Robin, his grey cob. It was thanks to Mr. Hale (I never called him Derek) that I was initiated into the pleasures of riding across country. A few years previously, he had done a similar favour for another assistant, Richard Hartley, (later to become President of BEVA) by introducing him to the gentle art of fly fishing."
The Information on this page stems from John Hartley - with gratitude.