Julian Norton qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1996. He has spent most of his working life in his beloved North Yorkshire. In 2015, Skeldale Veterinary Centre was involved with filming the Channel 5 television series The Yorkshire Vet, in which Julian has the title role. Outside of work, Julian is a keen triathlete and ski mountaineer. He has represented team GB at age-group level for both middle-distance triathlon and long-course duathlon. He is currently training to compete in a team for the major ski mountaineering race, La Patrouille des Glaciers, which traverses the high peaks of Switzerland. He is married to Anne, also a veterinary surgeon, and has two sons, Jack and Archie, a Jack Russell terrier called Emmy, and two guinea pigs called Sparkle and Shine.