Stars
SPRING HAS SPRUNG… IT’S TIME FOR JULIAN TO ROLL UP HIS SLEEVES

The UK is gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping across Europe, but for me it’s almost business as usual. As a busy mixed practice vet, theservice my colleagues and I provide to our local community is essential.

Spring is in the air and, around Yorkshire, it’s also in the fields and hedgerows as snowdrops give way to daffodils and the fields become full of sheep with lambs in tow. There’s skipping and playing and wagging lambs’ tails as they suck, hungrily on mum’s milk, getting bigger each day. The days are getting longer and warmer as winter recedes. I spend plenty of time on these country roads and it’s crucial to have a vehicle that is comfortable, capable and fun to drive. The Outback is all these things and it’s seen me through the worst of the snow, ice and later the floods that winter threw at us.

But springtime on the farm is the busiest and so my car, if anything, is putthrough its paces even more at this time of year. There are a multitude of sheep to be seen and not a day goes by without me seeing a ewe in trouble, struggling to give birth, or a sheep suffering from another obstetrical issue. Only this morning the phone was ringing, well before eight, with an anxious farmer and a ewe which was going into labour, so itwas an early start. It was a reminder that problems occur at any time of the day or night. Time is always of the essence, so my Outback has to perform as efficiently as I do, even before breakfast! Its large boot is filled to the brim with my kit - wellies, waterproofs and gloves, lambing ropes and lubricant, syringes and medications. It’s a real workhorse as well as being a car for the family.

Spring is also the time of year when cows are giving birth, so if it’s not a sheep that needs my help, it’s often a cow. There’s new life everywhere. More unusually, I had another emergency this week, which was completely different to the usual springtime calls. It was not a native species, but it still needed assistance. This patient was more at home in the high Andes than the green and pleasant slopes of Nidderdale, arguably the wildest and most varied of all the Yorkshire Dales. My alpaca patient, Cosmo, was not admiring the view. He was suffering from a severe case of colic. This is a nasty condition where the abdomen becomes extremely painful and there are lots of reasons, ranging from constipation or spasm to life-threatening twists of the bowels. Cosmo’s owner told me the story as I arrived at the farm. He was lying down and unable to move, so I had to face a bit of off-roading before I could put my veterinary skills to the test. The grassy field was sloping precariously and there were ruts and boggy bits which I carefully avoided.

Needless to say, I made it to the alpaca’s side without a problem. I examined him all over, inserted a tube into his stomach and listened to hisinsides. It sounded like there was a party going on inside, causing pain and an easy diagnosis of spasmodic colic. Painful as this was, the cure wasa simple injection and within minutes, Cosmo was feeling much better. He rose to his feet and trotted home to the farm.

Meanwhile, my next job was to savour the drive back to the practice to await my next call, wondering what other challenges this year’s spring would bring me and my Outback.

Discover Outback

News & stories

April 1, 2020
Subaru & COVID-19: Supporting the UK’s Key Workers

With the situation in the UK continuing to evolve as the nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic, we’d like to assure you that Subaru UK and Subaru dealerships across the country will continue to deliver essential customer services, in line …

Read more
March 26, 2020
SPRING HAS SPRUNG… IT’S TIME FOR JULIAN TO ROLL UP HIS SLEEVES

The UK is gripped by the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping across Europe, but for me it’s almost business as usual. As a busy mixed practice vet, theservice my colleagues and I provide to our local community is essential. Spring is in …

Read more
January 26, 2020
Euro NCAP testing: why safe cars are getting even safer

Later this year, Euro NCAP is introducing even more rigorous safety tests for new vehicles to give consumers enhanced guidance about the collision safety of their cars. We explore the forthcoming changes and how they will further support Subaru’s already …

Read more
January 10, 2020
All-New Forester e-BOXER. 4×4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year

All-new Forester e-BOXER – the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru – has awarded 4×4 Magazine’s Best Small SUV of the Year 2020, a testimony to our on-going commitment to build cars that are incredibly safe, extremely capable and unfalteringly reliable, …

Read more
January 8, 2020
All-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER awarded Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019

The all-new Subaru Forester e-BOXER – the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru – has been named Euro NCAP’s Best in Class 2019 in the Small Off-Road / MPV class. This award is given to the best performing model in its …

Read more
December 19, 2019
ALL-NEW SUBARU FORESTER E-BOXER AWARDED MAXIMUM 5-STAR RATING IN 2019 EURO NCAP SAFETY TEST

We’re delighted to announce that all-new Forester e-BOXER – the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru – has achieved the maximum 5-star rating in the 2019 European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) safety performance test. All-new Forester also achieved the …

Read more
December 4, 2019
‘Tis the season to drive safely…

It’s that time of year again; where the world and their offspring load up their motors to visit loved ones and spread festive cheer. Here are a few tips to make sure that your Yuletide driving is happy and stress-free, …

Read more
November 4, 2019
Mission: Emissions

The price of many vehicles will be going up in January 2020. Find out what the Excess Emission Premium – also known as EEP – is and how it could affect you if you’re looking to change your car in …

Read more
October 30, 2019
All-New Forester e-BOXER: First Drive

As a man that’s driven practically every car we’ve ever made, we wanted to know what Subaru fanatic Paul Cowland would make of the all-new Forester e-BOXER, the first self-charging hybrid from Subaru. When it comes to buying a new …

Read more
May 20, 2019
ALL-ROUND SAFETY ALL AROUND THE WORLD

Looking ahead, Subaru Corporation recently announced Subaru’s vision to eliminate traffic accident deaths involving Subaru vehicles by 2030. Already, the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) is delivering new vehicles with higher rigidity, higher strength, lighter weight, better rolling resistance and …

Read more
April 26, 2019
THE ROAD FROM RURAL VET TO TV PERSONALITY

You’ll likely recognise Julian Norton from the hit Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet, now into its eighth series of heart-warming tales of veterinary life in rural Yorkshire. We chat to Julian about his busy life (fitting in his mixed …

Read more
April 24, 2019
SUBARU AWARDED BEST MANUFACTURER FOR SAFETY FEATURES IN THE 2019 DRIVER POWER SURVEY

Subaru has been voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the 2019 Driver Power Survey, the UK’s number one car ownership survey – beating off stiff competition from 29 other manufacturers to take the no.1 spot. Safety has always been …

Read more
February 27, 2019
THE OUTBACK HAD A LITTLE LAMB

This month we’ve caught back up with Julian Norton, co-star of hit Channel 5 series The Yorkshire Vet. We might have faced some wintery conditions in the UK of late, but it’s been no problem for Julian and his trusty …

Read more
February 27, 2019
THE SUBARU BRZ GOES FULL THROTTLE WITH PAUL COWLAND

Known as the world’s toughest race track, the fabled Nürburgring requires a special kind of car to truly get the most from its many twists and turns. Paul Cowland tells us about his experience when he took the BRZ around …

Read more
January 14, 2019
K T GREEN NAMED SUBARU DEALER OF THE YEAR 2018

Subaru UK are pleased to announce that K T Green have been named ‘Subaru Dealer of the Year 2018’. The family-owned dealership, based in Pool in Wharfedale, Leeds, was recognised for its outstanding performance, triumphing in areas including sales, servicing, …

Read more
January 11, 2019
SUBARU XV. 4X4 MAGAZINE’S CROSSOVER ESTATE OF THE YEAR

Birmingham, 11th January 2019 – Subaru UK is pleased to announce the Subaru XV has been awarded 4×4 Magazine’s ‘Crossover Estate of the Year 2019’, a testimony to Subaru’s on-going commitment to build cars that are incredibly safe, extremely capable …

Read more