Herriot received his veterinary degree from Glasgow Veterinary College in 1939. He married in 1941, and he and his wife had two children, a boy and a girl. His first and most famous book All Creatures Great and Small (US title) was followed by several other books about his adventures as a veterinarian in England. Many of his stories are both funny and heart-warming, and Herriot's love for animals and compassion are shown in his writings.
In 1975 a movie based on All Creatures Great and Small was made, starring Anthony Hopkins. In 1978 his adventures were also made into a popular BBC television series. A total of 90 episodes were produced and the series ran for 12 years.
- All Creatures Great and Small - 1972
- All Things Bright and beautiful - 1974
- All Things Wise and Wonderful - 1977
- The Lord God Made Them All - 1981
- Every Living Thing - 1992
His first four book titles were inspired by a poem called "Maker of Heaven and Earth" by Cecil Frances Alexander, which was turned into a popular hymn:
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
- 1975: American Veterinary Medical Association's Award of Appreciation
- 1975: Honorary member of the British Veterinary Association
- 1979: OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen of England
- 1979: Honorary Doctorate from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh
- 1982: Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- 1982: Honorary member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners
- 1983: Honorary Degree from Liverpool University
- 1987: Humane Society of the United States of America award for kindness to animals