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IN tribute to Peter Hubert Lamont (VR, June 20, 2015, vol 176, p 659), Maurice Allen and David Roberts write: Peter Lamont was born in Belfast, on August 25, 1933, the eldest son of the Chief Veterinary Officer of Northern Ireland, Hubert Lamont. He went to Campbell College, in Belfast, where he excelled academically and then entered the Royal ‘Dick’ Veterinary College in Edinburgh. He received his veterinary qualifications and the additional degree of BSc in 1956. He also won the final-year prize for the best student, as his own father had done previously. Rugby and athletics also proved an important attraction, and he gained half colours for both.
After a short spell in veterinary practice he moved to the Cambridge veterinary school. With his supervisor Alan Betts, he used new techniques to obtain germ-free piglets housed in isolators. With these piglets he identified some of the viruses that were a significant cause of diarrhoea and disease in pigs. These studies formed the basis of his thesis and the award of his PhD.
He met and married Jill during his time at Cambridge, where she …