A Country Vet by Elin Williams
On Wednesday, August 15th,
2001, in Stillwater, Oklahoma State, U.S.A., Carmarthenshire lost one of
its distinguished sons - Professor Eric Idwal Williams. He trained as a
veterinary surgeon and made outstanding contributions to his profession in
his home country and America.
In his book Reflections of a Country Vet, published in 1996, Dr. Williams
recalls with great warmth his upbringing at the Grove Farm, St Clears with
his parents, brothers and sisters in the 1920's and 1930's.
Educated at Llangynin Board School, Whitland Grammar School and the Royal
Veterinary College, London, he became a member of the Royal College of
Veterinary Surgeons at the age of 21. He married Mary Harries of
Penllwynau Farm, Nantgaredig, in 1947. He joined a practice in Carmarthen
run by the renowned Bob Morgan and enjoyed the friendship of colleagues
and clients during a period which he refers to as "The Golden Era". In
1961 he and his family emigrated to America.
His achievements in veterinary research were extensive and considerable.
He developed a diagnosis for 'Hardware Disease' in cattle which became
known as the 'Williams Test', for which he was awarded a fellowship of the
Royal College of Veterinary Science. His hard work and dedication brought
him innumerable awards and honours, one presented to him by President
He also involved himself in the community, especially the church which was
close to his heart. His book is a catalogue of delightful memories and
full of charming humour.
"I Fyny fo'r Nod" (Aim High) is the motto of Whitland Grammar School.
"Reflections of a Country Vet" was published in 1996.