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Herriot is not responsible for profession’s woes
  1. Jim Wight
  1. Roulston Cottage, Sutton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire
  1. email: ardtoe{at}

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As the son and authorised biographer of Alf Wight (aka James Herriot), and one who worked alongside him in general practice for over 25 years, I feel well qualified to respond to the recent criticisms of his legacy levelled by members of his profession.

In an article from The Telegraph,1 James Herriot is held responsible for the public’s expectation that vets should work free of charge. This, it is alleged, causes vets to be ‘underpaid and exhausted’.

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