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IN a further tribute to John Leslie Crooks (VR, April 7, 2012, vol 170, p 367), Simon Cherry, Carol Paterson and Norman Leslie write: John Crooks qualified from London in 1951 and was one of the last cohort of vets to enter the profession by the old one-portal system without a university degree, although that never deterred him from later outstanding achievements.
John ‘saw practice’ in the Herriot territory of Sinclair and Wight at Thirsk, and was later to be their first assistant and the only one to be named in the series of bestseller Herriot books. However, after three short years, John left to set up his plate at Norwood, Beverley, near to the farmers' livestock market. He was soon joined by his partners …
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