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Patrick Eves R.I.P

Patrick Eves was the vet at our Plaistow branch for 35 years and It was with much sadness that we learnt of his passing on 12th December 2012 following a long illness.  He was a much-loved vet who was universally popular with his clients and colleagues alike.  Patrick joined the practice in 1978 and since that time provided an unstinting, loyal service to his clients at his beloved Plaistow branch.

Following his death, his longstanding veterinary colleague at Plaistow, Andrea Morton, wrote the following obituary which was published in the Veterinary Record in January 2013.

Andrea wrote as follows:

"The premature death of Patrick Eves, at just 60 years of age, brought to a close 35 years of practice at the Goddard Veterinary Group of Barking Road, Plaistow, London and the loss of a much-respected colleague.

Patrick's interests in animals started earlier than most and almost inevitably led to him electing to enter the veterinary profession.  He was born in Bawnboy, Ireland, the youngest of three sons, to Adam and Kathleen Eves.  They were an industrious family.  His father owned a farm and ran a funeral undertaking business and his mother ran the local post office.  From an early age Patrick accepted responsibility for the care of the farm animals and was closely involved in village life.

On leaving school, he enrolled at University College Dublin and, in his usual determined manner, applied himself to learning the required sciences that enabled him to achieve a place in the second year of veterinary science.  He settled into college life, never missing a party and always turning out to play for the college soccer team.

Patrick qualified in 1975, at the time when the Irish Veterinary Union was in dispute with the Minister of Agriculture over disease eradication schemes and there was no work in large animal practice for young veterinary graduates.  Not content to wait until the situation was resolved, he opted to move to London and gain experience in small animal practice.  After a short period with the PDSA, he worked for Meldrum Kidd in Wimbledon, which led to his decision to continue in small animal practice.

In 1978 Patrick started working in the Plaistow branch of the Goddard Veterinary Group.  During the following 35 years he built up a loyal client base and in many cases, despite moving out to Billericay, Grays and Clacton, clients continued to face the gruelling journey along the A13 back to the surgery to bring their pets to him.  Similarly, he established a loyal team of nurses and receptionists.  At a recent retirement party, the total number of years of employment at the branch between five members of staff exceeded 100 years.

Shortly after starting work at Plaistow, Patrick married Ann, whom he had met in Dublin as a student, and 33 happy years followed.  They had three sons Daniel, Noel and James.  Patrick was a dedicated father, family man, sports fan and DIY enthusiast.

I was privileged to have worked with Patrick for 23 years.  He was a conscientious practitioner, kind, fair and held in high regard by all who worked with him.  For me, our discussions of ongoing cases and patients seen, snatched during the quiet before morning appointments, provided a firm and reassuring basis to a usually hectic day.  He was always supportive, calmly and quietly suggesting alternate possibilities.  His clients - both animal and human - loved and respected him and he had a sensible and caring approach to all difficulties and challenges.  All who knew him will miss him."