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IN tribute to Ernest Fergus Logan (VR, July 12, 2014, vol 175, p 50), W. A. Ellis, Geoff Pearson and Dermot Mackie write: Ernest Logan died after a period of ill-health, bravely borne. He came from a dairy farming background in Northern Ireland and was closely associated with the family's Blackcave herd of British Friesians. During holidays from school and university he successfully exhibited cattle from the herd at local and national shows. This close association with and love of dairy cattle influenced his subsequent career, in which he specialised in diseases of dairy cattle.
Ernie qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh in 1959 and went into large animal practice in Ballyclare, County Antrim.
In 1968, he took what was then a brave decision to return to Edinburgh to pursue an academic career ‘to understand the science of disease’. He worked with John Penhale on the role of colostral immunoglobulins in the immunity of the neonatal calf to colibacillosis, identifying, for the first time, the importance of different classes of immunoglobulins and the separate mechanisms of protection against systemic and intestinal disease. In 1972, he was awarded a PhD for his thesis ‘Studies on the immunity of the calf to colibacillosis’, and, in 1974, the RCVS conferred fellowship on him for his thesis ‘Studies on the …
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