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Veterinary couple leave the practice after a combined 74 years

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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Former vet Patrick Fry, practice partner Ben Gilbert-Pocock, Geoff Usher, partner Zoe Gilbert-Pocock and Robin Sopp.

Former vet Patrick Fry, practice partner Ben Gilbert-Pocock, Geoff Usher, partner Zoe Gilbert-Pocock and Robin Sopp.

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A COUPLE who met at a veterinary centre have retired together after working at the practice for a combined 74 years.

Geoff Usher and his wife Anne both worked at the Drump Road Veterinary Centre as a vet and an office manager respectively.

Mr Usher arrived at the surgery in 1978 where Anne was already working and the pair soon hit it off.

In his years working as a vet 63-year-old Mr Usher has seen massive change in the industry.

He said: "Practices no longer deal with large animals and back when I started there was no use of X-rays, blood testing or ultrasound.

"Working at the centre has also been a way of life rather than a job and I've met the most wonderful people and animals."

Mr Usher confessed he will miss the day-to-day veterinary work but not the associated paperwork.

Mr and Mrs Usher said they plan to enjoy their retirement by spending time with family, walking their dogs and travelling.

Mr Usher also said he hopes to enjoy some golf and time to follow Redruth Rugby Club.

Business at the centre will go on as normal as Mr Usher will be handing over the reins to his partners of the past six years.

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