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All Creatures Great and Small actor dies aged 91
Hardy became a household name whilst playing senior vet Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small.
Robert Hardy played senior vet Siegfried Farnon

British actor Robert Hardy, star of the TV show All Creatures Great and Small, has died aged 91, his family has said.

Tributes have poured in for the actor, who is described by his family on BBC News as: “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work.”

Hardy was one of Britain’s most successful and enduring actors, with a career in TV, film and theatre that spanned more than 70 years.

He became a household name whilst playing senior vet Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small - the iconic TV series based on the semi-autobiographical books written by veterinary surgeon Alf Wight, under the pseudonym James Herriot.

The series, which ran for 12 years beginning in 1978, is centred on the Skeldale House Surgery in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1930s-50s. However, many of the stories were inspired by Wight’s real-life experiences in the 60s and 70s.

Commenting on Hardy’s passing, the World of James Herriot - an attraction based on Wight’s former home and surgery - said on Twitter: ‘We share with you all the very sad news of the loss of the brilliant and talented #roberthardy our wonderful #SiegfriedFarnon ACGandS’.

Hardy is well-known for his role as Cornelius Fudge in the Harry Potter films, and also appeared in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and 1995’s Sense and Sensibility. He played Winston Churchill several times and featured in TV adaptations of Middlemarch and Little Dorrit.

He was made a CBE for services to acting in 1981.

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Blue Dog Programme wins WSAVA One Health award

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 An educational initiative to help children interact safely with dogs has been awarded the WSAVA’s 2017 Global One Health Award.

The Blue Dog Programme offers an array of educational resources for children, parents and school teachers, including an engaging website, fact sheets, DVD and an accompany book for parents.

The award will be accepted by Professor Tiny de Keuster, a European veterinary specialist in behavioural medicine and founder of the programme, during WSAVA World Congress 2017.  

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VMD stakeholder workshops to discuss Brexit implications

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has announced that it is to hold stakeholder group workshops to discuss the implications of EU exit.

The workshops will be held during Autumn 2017 and will discuss topics such as the prescribing cascade, pharmacovigilance and inspection of non-UK based manufacturers.

To register your interest, send an email to, including any topics, in order of preference, that you would like to be discussed.