Former Alnwick vet has died, aged 76

Alan Clark
Alan Clark

A well-known former Alnwick vet has died, aged 76.

Alan Clark was a much-respected large animal veterinary surgeon who spent most of his professional career in practice in his native Northumberland.

Having studied at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in the University of Edinburgh, Alan graduatd in 1962 and married wife Jennifer in 1964, setting up home in Wigtown, Cumbria, where he took up his first post.

Daughters Anne and Sheila were born there before Alan was offered a partnership in the well-established practice of Muir and Curry in Northumberland and the family moved to Alnwick where they settled for the rest of Alan’s professional career and where son Andrew was born.

It was here that Alan developed his expertise in farm animals and horses.

He acquired an enviable reputation, especially with the local breeders of pedigree livestock, several of whom were at the pinnacle of their respective breeds at that time.

This led to him being invited to act as a veterinary consultant on many buying missions to acquire animals for import into this country to improve the native animals.

He was particularly fastidious in his assessment of the loco motor ability of some continental breeds of cattle.

Alan, who retired to Dumfriesshire, was very active in the community in Alnwick. He was a committed Christian and served as an elder in the United Reformed Church. He was active in the Round Table and was an enthusiastic follower of sport, especially rugby and football, and Newcastle United’s victory at Old Trafford shortly before his death gave him much pleasure.

He also leaves behind five grandchildren.