The Yorkshire Vet: Peter Wright on ‘increasingly difficult’ bad news

Yorkshire Vet's Peter Wright reveals why he's leaving show

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The Yorkshire Vet is a Channel 5  documentary series that follows veterinarians Peter Wright and Julian Norton as they attend to animals in need at their practices in North Yorkshire. Peter has been a staple on series since 2015, although, as a vet sometimes he has to give pet owners bad news and despite his 40-year career, he explained it never gets any easier.

In a new interview with The Yorkshire Post, Peter admitted that he finds it “increasingly difficult” when he has to give bad news.

He went on to add that when he has to put an animal to sleep, he tries to put himself in the pet owner’s shoes.

“I don’t find it easier, I find it harder,” he told the publication. “I’ve always been able to see the other person’s point of view, and sometimes I put myself into the position of the clients who are receiving bad news.

“When I put an animal to sleep, I drive away thinking ‘for goodness sake that could’ve been me that has just lost an animal’.”

He continued: “I know what it’s like because I’ve lost animals and they’re almost part of the family.”

During last Tuesday’s The Yorkshire Vet, it was revealed that the 64-year-old would be leaving his resident practice, Skeldale Veterinary Centre.

Peter, who will still continue to feature on the Channel 5 programme, has since spoken out about his decision to leave the practice.

One of the main reasons the TV personality decided to leave the practice was because of the drop of dairy herds in Thirsk – which is what the vet specialised in.

As a result, Peter had to make the difficult decision of either taking early retirement or trying to relocate to another veterinary practice.

After a discussion with his wife, Lin, he finally decided to move to Grace Lane Vets in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, where there are more farmers with livestock in need of veterinary care.

The vet, who had been at Skeldale since 1996, said his wife essentially made his decision after telling him she didn’t want him under her feet “all day long”.

In a recent episode of Channel 4 chat show, Steph’s Packed Lunch, he admitted the practice had been a big part of his life for a number of years.

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He told host Steph McGovern: “Well my life really has been Skeldale for nearly four decades.

“When I did walk out from my last night of working there, I did have a bit of a lump in my throat.

“The reason I’m leaving is because at Skeldale it’s no longer economical for them to look after farm animals. That’s been a big part of my life.”

He continued: “We’ve had quite a lot of viewers ringing in saying ‘what’s going to happen to your clients that you’ve loved all these years?’

“Well, I just want to reassure the viewers tonight that they will be looked after, by who I’m not going to say, but you’ll have to tune in tonight and find out.”

 

 

The popular Channel 5 show has now reached its twelfth series and Peter admitted he never expected it to have such great longevity.

He added: “It’s fantastic. I mean at the start of it when we were asked to make the programme we did a pilot series of six episodes.

“I said ‘That’ll be it.’ I said ‘People have seen enough vet things already, nobody will watch it.’

“In true Yorkshire fashion, I said ‘You’ll be wasting your money’.”

The Yorkshire Vet airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 5.

 

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