Powers English 25 January 2018Title James Herriot, a beloved veterinarian, started his life beingborn in the middle of the first world war not knowing the adventure that wasgoing to take place in the future. Also known as Alf, lived in Glasgow andlater got a job in Thirsk as a vet for country animals. Alf later went on towrite books about his fun stories about his time being a veterinarian.
WhenJames was young, he got a dog named Don, Don gave him the dream of becoming avet but he had to work hard for it, he later went to Glasgow Veterinary Collegeand graduated; Alf received a job offering and excepted it leaving his parentsand moving to Thirsk starting his new life as a veterinarian. When born in 1926, James lived during the times of thefirst world war. Before birth, a zeppelin bomb landed just five hundred yardsaway from his house (Lord 7). His father James worked in the shipyard, hisfather also played the piano for the cinema, Alf’s mother, Hannah, sang for thecinema (Lord 7,8). After James was born, he and his parents moved to Glasgow,the biggest city in Scotland; he would eat porridge and broth and on Sundays hewould get margarine on a pile of potatoes (Lord 15, 16). For high school, Alftook the tram three miles across the city to head to Hillhead high school,Hillhead was such a quiet old world area to where even after the second worldwar it still had horses with delivery carts (Lord 39). Don, an Irish Red Setter, given to Alf fromhis father, inspired him to become a vet for dogs (Lord 42).
When thirteen, Alf’s goal in life was tobecome a vet or dog doctor (Lord 51). James later went to a college in Glasgow called GlasgowVeterinary College. When Alf started his first six years, the college becameshort with funds causing the students to get low grades and no good teachersworked at the school (Lord 61,63). Knowing now he cannot be a vet for just dogs, Alf started looking at theanimals that the teachers viewed most important, the horse, cow, sheep, pig andthen the dog (Lord 72,73).
By 1936, James had so much experience outside thecollege with vets, he worked even when the vet left for his vacation having Alftake care of the business (Lord 78). In 1939, he finally passed his MRCVS inDecember, just as Hitler prepared to invade France and Norway (Lord 78,79). AfterAlf graduated from Glasgow, the future taunted him if he could get a job, hejust became a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons so he shouldhave gotten a job but he seemed no prospect of ever finding a job (Lord 81).For months, James lived with his parents anxious to get a job, until one day hesay a job advertisement in Thirsk (84). Alf went to Thirsk and went to see theowner, Mr. Sinclair, but then realized that he would have to work with otheranimals, not only dogs (Lord 84).
Mr. Sinclair hardly dealt with dogs, his maincustomers were farmers with their cows, horses, pigs and their sheep (Lord 82).Suppose to join the army, Sinclair gave Alf the job which meant that Alf had tomove to Thirsk and take over the job Sinclair does (Lord 84). A year after James started working forSinclair, he left the practice to join the Royal Air Force; November 1943 Jameswent back to Thirsk to his new wife and his nine-month old baby, Jimmy andmoved into the surgery clinic attic (Lord 98,110). Each morning, Alf collectedSinclair’s list of instructions and started his daily runs off to the Dales Farms(Lord 111). Once James kids, Jimmy and Rosemary grew older he would take themon his runs with him and sometimes they would even carry his medicine case or acandle; Jimmy later became a vet and a partner in the practice and Rosemarybecame a physician in the General Practice (Lord 114, Wiki.
com). As James grew old, his passion for animals still livedon. From his father, he gained the passion for the Sunderland Football Club,since he remained a lifelong fan, he was named a life President of the SunderlandFootball Club (Wiki.com). At the age of 53, Alf bought a type writer and beganto write many of his famous books, one known as All Creatures Great and Small, published in 1972 (New YorkTimes.com).