The Yorkshire Vet’s Peter Wright opens up on decision to leave Skeldale ‘It had to stop’

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Peter Wright has been a staple on the Channel 5 documentary series since it began in 2015. The Yorkshire Vet follows Peter and his co-star Julian Norton as they tend to animals in need at their practices in North Yorkshire. The duo, who have quickly become firm favourites with fans, both made the decision to leave Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk earlier this year. In an exclusive interview with, the 64-year-old has opened up about his decision to leave the practice after 40 years.

Peter, who now works at Grace Lane Vets in Kirbymoorside, explained the main reason behind his decision to leave was because Skeldale was taken over by Medivet.

He said he started out at the Yorkshire practice as just a junior before he eventually became a partner.

However, it all changed for Peter when the company got taken over, as he admitted he couldn’t do the work he loved anymore.

The vet began: “I was there from being the new boy and then I gradually became (a) partner.”

He continued: “I then became senior partner. I ran the practice for almost 20 years, and I have lots of happy memories of working there.

“But, at the same time, I am what is called a mixed practitioner. In other words, I deal with all creatures, all shapes and sizes.”

“From cows and horses down to hamsters,” the TV personality explained.

“And to take the farm side away from me, you know, it had to stop because it wasn’t economically viable anymore and I couldn’t do that work anymore.”

“But I had to continue what I loved and that is being a mixed practised vet,” he added.

The 64-year-old who works part-time at Grace Lane, also addressed whether he had plans to retire any time soon.

 “Well, I’m working two days a week now at Grace Lane,” the vet explained.

“Skeldale was the love of my life, but it became uneconomical to continue doing farm work.”

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He said: “Grace Lane is a lovely place to work on the edge of the North York Moors.

“And it’s like home from home because the people are so friendly, and the clients are exactly the same type of farmers that I’m used to working with.

 “They are lovely to work with and I’m so happy. I go to work with a spring in my step.”

The Yorkshire Vet has been a hit with viewers since it launched in 2015, and according to Julian, the programme has been renewed for another series.


However, despite its success, the 49-year-old believes it will come to an end when viewers get bored of watching them.

He explained: “Things change over time. I mean I never ever thought that we would be doing a 13th series.

“I don’t know really. I imagine at some point, the channel will say, ‘you know enough is enough,’ or the viewers will eventually get fed up with watching us do our stuff.

“Other people will come along. There are plenty of vets around in Yorkshire and in other parts of the country that are much more skilful than me and much more eloquent and probably much better looking as well.”

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

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