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Trevor's Story Paperback – November 30, 1999
About the Author
A liason with a tea taster was Trevor's first experience in a job, but he could feel none of the nuances among different pure tea samples that were apparent to his boss. In any case he soon found the bustle of Liverpool a very annoying contrast to the little town of Mold, his peaceful place of birth in North Wales. After three months of tea tasting he chose to move back. From 17 to 20 years of age he worked hard on his uncle's farm and he remembers the long, cold winter evenings by the fire, with the opportunity of becoming an avid reader.
Now at 90, he writes about that period, enjoying the summer sun on his favourite Clwydian mountain above Llangwyfan, recalling with shimmering clarity a palpable vision which he refers to as his welsh Parnassus. This was the beginning of Trevor's interest in the muses.
In 1929 on his 20th birthday he found himself enjoying life at U-5 Ranch in the Columbia Valley of B.C. between the Rockies and Selkirk mountains. The following year brought this to an end when he was kicked in the right shin playing soccer. A compound fracture of the tibia found him languishing in the hospital in Golden with time to consider his future. After crossing the continent in a battered car, he began his studies at the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, on October 1, 1930.
Graduating with the DVM in 1934, he completed his MSc at McGill University in 1935.
Dr. Jones became the first Provincial Animal Pathologist for Alberta in 1939 and after a stint in the army on a secret project he returned to his Edmonton Laboratory in 1945.
From 1952 to 1969 he was the dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph. It was in this period that his contribution to public service occurred. He has been president of the following organizations: Save the Children Canada, Edward Johnson Music Foundation, Guelph Little Theatre, the Rotary Club of Guelph, and the Ontario Veterinary Association. He was chairman of the Board of the American Veterinary Medical Association. His experience also includes being a member of the Ontario Council of Health and of the Board of the following: Ontario and Canadian Hospital Associations and Chairman of St. Joseph's Hospital, Guelph.
On his retirement from the University of Guelph in 1974 he became Executive Director of the Commonwealth Veterinary Interchange Fund (1974-1985), a granting program permitting vets in Commonwealth countries to travel and gain professional experience in other countries of the Commonwealth. During this time he was also involved in international development and travelled in several world regions as a consultant in veterinary education.
Dr. Jones has received two honorary degrees: DMV from the University of Montreal (1961) and the LL.D. from the University of Prince Edward Island (1991). In 1962 he became an Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (London).
Trevor claims that his 90th birthday was a wakeup call to complete his memoirs.
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