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Pets in France • Meet your topic host

Diana James
Hello and welcome to the FrenchEntrée Pets in France zone, providing you with the information including transporting your pets to France, getting your pet microchipped or a pet passport, and getting your pets vaccinated. We also have a section dedicated to information about animal rescue centres and charities in France.

I qualified as a vet at the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 then worked at a mixed practice in Huntingdonshire and then a small animal vets in Folkestone for 10 years. In 2002 I moved to the Lot et Garonne with my family. After three years, I felt ready to start working here and was accepted on to the Ordre of Vétérinaires. I have worked as a vétérinaire à domicile which meant visiting pets at their homes but now I see people at my home, though there are still home visits to do. I also do operations.

Diana James, Pet Topic Host

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