Veterinary surgeon and writer, born in Glasgow, W Scotland, UK. Beginning in the 1970s, he brought the vet's world to the notice of the public with a number of best-selling books, such as It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet and Vet in a Spin, as well as several compilations and children's books. Feature films and television series made his work known all over the world, especially the television series All Creatures Great and Small (1977–80). The stories prompted a thriving tourist industry based on ‘Herriot country’, and transformed the public image of his profession, making veterinary medicine one of the most competitive university subjects. In 1992 he was the first recipient of the Chiron Award, created by the British Veterinary Association for exceptional service to the profession.
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