James Herriot - The narrator and main character of the book, a compassionate veterinarian in northern England who is a newlywed and enlists in the RAF.
Siegfried Farnon - The Senior Partner and owner of the veterinary practice in Darrowby.
Tristan Farnon - A young veterinary student who prefers to spend time at Drover's Pub and in the company of young women rather than studying or practicing veterinary medicine.
Helen Harriot - The new wife to James, a small country vet.
Mr. Dakin - A farmer with a cow named Blossom, both quiet and patient.
Blossom - Mr. Dakin's old cow who insisted on coming home.
Jack Dodson - Man who picks up animals for the fatstock market.
William George Henry Augustus - The 11th Marquis of Hulton, a gentleman farmer.
Charlie - Lord Hulton's farm foreman.
Hector McDarroch - Sadistic military dentist known as the Butcher...
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