New show The Highland Vet features Yorkshire Vet Julian Norton's first practice

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The team behind The Yorkshire Vet will tonight release a documentary series about the most northern mainland vets' practice in Britain.

Filmed across winter and early spring, in locations often remote and challenging, it features the dedicated team from DS McGregor and Partners mixed vet practices in Thurso and Wick, Caithness - the place where The Yorkshire Vet star himself, Julian Norton, first started his career.

The Highland Vet starts tonight at 9pm on Channel 5's 5 Select station.

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Julian Norton, who now works at Rae, Bean & Partners in Boroughbridge, said: "I worked at McGregor and Partners, the practice where Channel 5's new vet series is based, almost 25 years ago.

Julian Norton. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.Julian Norton. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Julian Norton. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

"It was my first job as a vet and I loved every moment of my time there. I can remember vividly the passion of the farmers and the love they had for their animals and their farming life.

"Everything up in Caithness is intrinsically connected with the outdoors and the rugged elements. It's a beautiful part of the world but isolated, desolate and tough at times.

"It was an amazing place for me to start my veterinary career and I remember the drama and emotions and the characters in detail.

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I've had the wonderful opportunity to share my veterinary adventures with the public because of my involvement in The Yorkshire Vet over the past five years. I'm certain the stories and action from the veterinary practice at the top of the country will be just as popular and will captivate animal-loving viewers in exactly the same way as The Yorkshire Vet has done.

Mr Norton also spoke about how the lives of vets change once they have been on television

He said: "It's a good question. In some ways, their lives might change immeasurably. They might get recognised at the airport or in passing at the supermarket or in the pub. They might have requests for selfies and letters from adoring fans. They might even have requests for a book deal!

"In other ways, for a pragmatic vet, not at all. Cows still need calving in the small hours of the night; dogs still need to have their troublesome anal glands emptying; cats will still need their testicles removing.

"Whatever happens, I hope the Highland vets make their own adventures and enjoy the journey."