Julian Norton

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Julian Norton
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Born (1972-06-03) June 3, 1972 (age 46)
EducationPembroke College, Cambridge University
OccupationVeterinary surgeon, TV personality, author

Julian Norton is a British veterinary surgeon, author and TV personality, best known for his appearances on the Channel 5 TV series The Yorkshire Vet.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Norton was born and brought up in the mining town of Castleford and went to school in Wakefield at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, before gaining a place to study veterinary medicine at Cambridge University.[3]


Since 2015, Norton has been involved, taking the titular role in Channel 5 docuseries The Yorkshire Vet, produced by Daisybeck Studios in Leeds.[4] The programme has been popular, achieving viewing figures of over 2 million, making it one of the channel’s most successful.[5][6] Julian has also featured as a regular guest on The Wright Stuff as well as Springtime on the Farm and Big Week at the Zoo.[7] [8]

He has written three books, Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet [2016] (an autobiographical account of his veterinary career), A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons [ 2017] both published by Michael O’Mara, and The Diary of a Yorkshire Vet, published by Great Northern books.[9] [10] [11] He contributes a weekly column in The Country Week of The Yorkshire Post.[12]

Norton also co-authored a paper in the Veterinary Record 142: 107–109, "Measurement of arterial oxygen-haemaglobin saturation in newborn lambs by pulse oximetry".

He performs regular “in conversation” events with comedian and stand up poet, Kate Fox.[13] [14]

Norton attained a certificate in Small Animal Practice in 2007 and has been awarded the Dalesman “Yorkshireman of the Year 2017”.[15]

Sporting achievements[edit]

Held the world record for 24 hour tandem indoor rowing in 2010 with friend Roger Brown, an ex-Olympic rower.[16][17]

Completed UK Ironman championships and finished in the Top 50 in 2013.[18][19]

Represented Team GB at age-group level for European Long Course Duathlon in 2014 and 2015 and Team GB age-group for European Middle Distance Triathlon championships in Majorca 2014 and Rimini 2015.[20][21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Norton is a mixed practice veterinary surgeon, in North Yorkshire, where he lives with his wife, Anne and two sons, Jack and Archie.[23][24] He has spent the majority of his working life in Thirsk, working as, first, an assistant, then partner in the practice that was once the surgery from which Alf Wight worked, from where he penned his famous stories under the pseudonym of James Herriot.[25] He currently works at Rae, Bean and Partners in Boroughbridge.[26]



Year Title Role Channel
2015— The Yorkshire Vet Himself Channel 5
2017 The Wright Stuff Himself - Special Guest Channel 5
2018 Springtime on the Farm Himself Channel 5
2018 Big Week at the Zoo Presenter Channel 5


  • Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet. Michael O'Mara. 2016. ISBN 978-1782436836.
  • A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons. Michael O'Mara. 2017. ISBN 978-1782438434.
  • The Diary Of A Yorkshire Vet. Great Northern Books Ltd. 2018. ISBN 978-1912101801.


  1. ^ "The Yorkshire Vet". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  2. ^ "Julian Norton | MBA Literary Agents". MBA Literary Agents. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  3. ^ Parker, Olivia (2016-09-30). "The Yorkshire Vet talks stud alpacas, udder salve and James Herriot's legacy". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  4. ^ "The Yorkshire Vet - Channel 5". Channel 5. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  5. ^ Utton, Dominic (2018-04-24). "The Yorkshire Vet: How a TV show revived a town's tourist trade". Express.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  6. ^ "Thirsk is buzzing from The Yorkshire Vet effect". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  7. ^ Jeremy Vine on 5 - Official Channel (2017-04-25), The Wright Stuff: The Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton tells us about a lamb born with 5 legs, retrieved 2018-10-20
  8. ^ "Farming realities captured on TV as Yorkshire's Cannon Hall hosts Springtime on the Farm". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  10. ^ Julian,, Norton, (2017). A Yorkshire vet through the seasons. London, UK.: Michael O'Mara Books Ltd. ISBN 1782438432. OCLC 975026145.
  11. ^ Julian., Norton,. The diary of a Yorkshire vet. Bradford. ISBN 1912101807. OCLC 1036256530.
  12. ^ "Julian Norton: Hobbo has pants on his head". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  13. ^ "An Audience with the Yorkshire Vet". www.yarmschool.org. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  14. ^ Yorkshire. "An Evening with Julian Norton | King's Hall Ilkley". Bradford Theatres. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  15. ^ "Dalesman Awards 2017 - Dalesman". Dalesman. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  16. ^ "Thirsk pair hope to break rowing machine record". Gazette & Herald. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  17. ^ "Celebrities: Pam Ferris, Sir John Major, Cherie Booth, Roger Brown, Julian Norton, John Bercow, Ricky Tomlinson". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  18. ^ Parker, Olivia (2016-09-30). "The Yorkshire Vet talks stud alpacas, udder salve and James Herriot's legacy". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  19. ^ "Our Staff". www.skeldalevets.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  20. ^ Union, International Triathlon. "Athlete Profile: Julian Norton | ITU World Triathlon Series". ITU World Triathlon Series. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  21. ^ "Our Staff". www.skeldalevets.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  22. ^ "My Yorkshire: Julian Norton aka the Yorkshire Vet on his favourite people and places". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  23. ^ "Julian Norton: Seizing the chance for a camper van escape". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  24. ^ "Treating all creatures great and small in new TV show The Yorkshire Vet". Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  25. ^ Centralvet.com, Vision Team -. "Vet departs original James Herriot practice". vnonline. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  26. ^ "Rae, Bean & Partners | STAFF". rbp1. Retrieved 2018-10-20.

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