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IN tribute to Walter Beswick (VR, February 12, 2011, vol 168, p 166), Freda Scott-Park writes: Walter Beswick, a past-president of the BVA, died peacefully in France, his adopted country, aged 77. He will be remembered for his ebullient nature and his passion for the veterinary profession. His grandfather was a blacksmith and farrier and his father a dairy farmer; growing up among horses and cattle, he wanted only to be a vet.

He was born in Draycott, Derbyshire, and educated at Long Eaton Grammar School, where he was head boy in 1951/52. Significantly, he chose to attend the University of Glasgow veterinary school (despite being offered a place at Bristol on a four-year course), which engendered a deep affection for the veterinary school, Glasgow and Scotland. His colleagues later described him as ‘the most Scottish Englishman’. After qualifying in July 1957, he married his first wife, Hazel, a Glaswegian and an architect, and moved to Fakenham, Norfolk, as an assistant to Denys Harries in a mixed practice.

In 1960, Glasgow beckoned him back, and he became the principal of a practice run out of premises at 914-916 Sauchiehall Street. The practice, which was 60 per cent small animal, 30 per cent cattle and 10 per cent equine, changed over the years as the farms became housing estates and the patients were increasingly small animals. However, it was the farms that produced some of Walter's most memorable cases. One day he was summoned to a …

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