THE Huddersfield Examiner is to run a new column written by an experience Huddersfield vet.

Martin Paterson joined Donaldson’s Vets 15 years ago and within a couple of years was made a partner.

But he could so easily have ended up at the veterinary practice in Thirsk made world-famous by vet Alf Wight, who wrote under the name James Herriot.

Martin, 37, said: “I went to that practice for an interview the day before I came to Huddersfield for one.”

“My initial aim was to stay here for a year and then head back up to Scotland, but I liked the area, the practice and my colleagues so much I decided to stay.’’

Martin was born in Scotland and raised just outside Edinburgh.

“I always wanted to be a vet since I stopped yearning to be a train driver,’’

“We had a Labrador called Tessa and I knew I wanted a career that involved working with animals and certainly not one in an office.’’

Martin spent five years at Glasgow University studying to be a vet.

Donaldsons has a staggering 70,000 animals on its books across its four sites at Aspley, Birchencliffe, Thongsbridge and Mirfield.

It also looks after 150 farms and 1,500 horses.

The patch stretches right out to Denshaw and Saddleworth, down to the outskirts of Sheffield and over to the edge of Doncaster.

Martin is married to Sarah and the couple live in Cumberworth with their six-year-old son, Charlie. They have a smallholding where they breed sheep, pigs, hens and Labrador dogs

His column will be wide-ranging, dealing with everything from exotic pets to domestic cats and dogs and also give an insight into the life behind the scenes of a modern and very busy working veterinary practice.

Martin will start writing from next week.