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IN a further tribute to Gwilym Barrie Edwards (VR, May 21, 2011, vol 168, p 540), Michael Clarkson and Ronald Jones write. Generations of Liverpool and London veterinary graduates will have been saddened to learn of the death of Emeritus Professor Barrie Edwards.

He was born in the Wrexham area and educated at Grove Park High School in Wrexham, and then took the ‘well-trodden path’ from north Wales to the Liverpool veterinary school. He graduated in 1961 and joined the staff as a senior demonstrator, and became a lecturer two years later. At that time, in the era of Professor J. G. Wright, lecturers were expected to teach students, carry out their clinical duties, and take a full role in the teaching practice and the out-of-hours surgical rota. This gave little time for research or to follow special interests. However, Barrie developed a special interest in bovine lameness and reproductive surgery in horses, with the main emphasis on cryptorchidism.

In 1970, the opportunity for promotion to a senior lectureship, which were relatively rare and subject to strict quotas at that time, arose at the Royal Veterinary College, London. Barrie was persuaded to apply, and was successful. It was with very mixed feelings that he left Liverpool for the south. He had responsibility …

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