IT’S a vet’s life – and quite a long one.
Sixty years ago this month Michael Horrox set up his veterinary practice in Marton Road, Bridlington.
When he had qualified around three years earlier he had been the youngest vet in Yorkshire to do so.
Last week he presented Priory Veterinary Group partners and staff at the surgery in Market Place, Old Town, with the framed second page of his 1951 day book as he was also founder of today’s thriving practice.
“I couldn’t give them the first page, hardly anybody came so it was almost a blank,” said Mr Horrox, now aged 85, who still lives in Bridlington.
The page from 1951 illustrates how different things were then.
“It was mostly livestock, a massive change to how it is today,” he said.
And his list of calls bear that out.
There is more than one entry to a call out to attend a sick cow at Arram Hall near Atwick which needed “flushing out with iodine”. The charge for the visit, a trip of around 17 miles, examination and treatment was £1 9 shillings and sixpence – around £1.50 today.
There was also a call to tend to a greyhound dog with rickets, and a dog with distemper, a disease now almost eradicated thanks to vaccination.
At a brief presentation ceremony, Mr Horrox, a Lords Feoffee and former chief lord on several occasions, was able to renew his acquaintance with Neville Kingston, a partner in the Priory Veterinary Group who once worked as his assistant.