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Amoroso, Emmanuel Ciprian (1901–1982), veterinary embryologist and endocrinologist, was born on 16 September 1901 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the third child in the family of eight sons (one of them adopted) and three daughters of Thomas Amoroso, bookkeeper and later estate owner, and his wife, ...

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Clater, Francis (bap. 1754?, d. 1823), farrier and veterinary writer, may have been the son of John and Mary Claytor who was baptized at St Peter's, Nottingham, on 14 April 1754. He described himself in the preface to his first work as '...

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Cust, Aleen Isabel (1868–1937), veterinary surgeon, was born on 7 February 1868 at Cordangan Manor, co. Tipperary, Ireland, the fourth of six children of Sir Leopold Cust, baronet (1832–1878), land agent, and his wife, Charlotte Sobieske Isabel (1835–1914), daughter of Vice-Admiral Charles Orlando Bridgeman...

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Dick, William (1793–1866), veterinary surgeon and founder of the Edinburgh Veterinary College, was born on 6 May 1793 at Whitehorse Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, the second of three children who survived beyond infancy of John Dick (c.1769–1844), and his wife, Jane (Jean) Anderson (...

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Gamgee, John (1831–1894), veterinary surgeon and inventor, was born in the via de Pizzacotti, Florence, Italy, the fourth of the eight children of Joseph Gamgee (1801–1894) and his wife, Mary Ann, daughter of John and Sarah West of Honiton, Devon. His elder brother, ...

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Millais, Sir Everett, second baronet (1856–1897), dog breeder and biomedical scientist, was born at Annat Lodge, near Bowerswell, Perthshire, on 30 May 1856, the eldest of the eight children of the artist Sir John Everett Millais, first baronet (1829–1896), and his wife, Euphemia (Effie) Chalmers Ruskin, ...

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Moorcroft, William (bap. 1767, d. 1825), veterinary surgeon and traveller, was the illegitimate son of Ann Moorcroft (bap. 1747), and an unknown father. Baptized on 25 June 1767 he lived with his mother in the house of her parents, Richard and Dorothy Moorcroft...

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William L. Weipers

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Ritchie, Sir John Neish (1904–1977), veterinary surgeon, was born on 19 January 1904 in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, the youngest of three sons in a family of five children of John Neish Ritchie, a general merchant of Schoolhill, Turriff, and his wife, Annie Watson, who was for some time a governess in ...

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Vial de Sainbel [St Bel], Charles Benoît [formerly Benoît Vial] (1750–1793), veterinary surgeon, was an enigmatic figure about whose early life it is difficult to obtain many substantiated facts. Sainbel said that he was born at St Bel near Lyons, France, in 1753, and that he was orphaned at three years of age and subsequently cared for and educated by his guardian, ...

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Ernest Clarke

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Sewell, William (1781/2–1853), veterinary surgeon, was born of Quaker parents, possibly William and Elizabeth Sewell, resident in Essex. He was possibly baptized on 10 February 1782. He was apprenticed at about sixteen years of age to Edward Coleman (1764?–1839), the second professor of the ...

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Ernest Clarke

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Simonds, James Beart (1810–1904), veterinary surgeon, was born at Lowestoft, Suffolk, on 18 February 1810, the first child of James Simonds (1786–1810), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Robert Beart of Rickenhall, Suffolk, an agriculturist and horse breeder. His paternal uncle, Samuel Simonds...

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Sheila Crispin and Judy MacArthur Clark

Uvarov, Dame Olga Nikolaevna (1910–2001), veterinary scientist, was born in Moscow on 9 July 1910, the only daughter among the four children of Nikolas Uvarov, a lawyer, and his wife, Elena. The family was forced to flee Moscow during the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. ...

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Wight, James Alfred [pseud. James Herriot] (1916–1995), writer and veterinarian, was born on 3 October 1916 at 111 Brandling Street, Sunderland, the only child of James Henry Wight (d. 1960), a ship plater and accomplished musician, and Hannah, née Bell (...

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Ernest Clarke

revised by Sherwin A. Hall

Youatt, William (1776–1847), veterinary surgeon, was the son of an Exeter surgeon. Educated for the nonconformist ministry, in 1810 he left Devon, and undertook ministerial and scholastic duties in London. In 1812 or 1813 he joined Delabere Pritchett Blaine (1768–1845) in conducting a veterinary infirmary in ...