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The Yorkshire Vet star Peter Wright, 65, has worked at Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk for 40 years and has starred on the Channel 5 favourite The Yorkshire Vet since 2015. Peter has detailed in a new interview the ‘difficult’ aspects of his job sometimes interfering with his family’s Christmas.

That was difficult.

Peter Wright

Peter is married to his wife Lin and the pair share two children, now 34 and 32.

The vet revealed he normally volunteers to work Christmas Day and sometimes Boxing day so he could help out the young vets at his practice, leaving calls to be diverted to his house.

He said to the Sunday Mirror: “You are on edge because every time that phone goes, it might be a relative wishing you a Merry Christmas, but it might be a callout.”

Peter revealed that his wife “doesn’t get angry” but feels sorry for him due to the long and hard hours he has to work during the Christmas period.

Talking about Christmas when his children were young, he said: “When my children were young it would be Lin’s job to try to keep the excitement down and the presents wrapped until I got back.

“They thought Lin was mean in not letting them open the presents. That was difficult.”

As he is on call outs on Christmas Day he makes sure he is understanding to his clients, but that is not always the case.

Peter continued: “There are times when you respond through gritted teeth thinking, ‘Why me, on Christmas Day?’.

“But by the time you get to the surgery and you see the patient at the door with his tail wagging forlornly, all that anger about being called out just melts away.

This year is more relaxing for Peter due to him having time off and even a Caribbean getaway planned.

He added: “So there will be no one interfering with my Yorkshire Puddings or my turkey… unless a friend rings and wants a bit of help, which does happen quite a lot as well.”

The Yorkshire Vet follows veterinarians Peter and Julian Norton as they tend to animals in need at their practices in North Yorkshire.

Earlier this year, Peter announced he would be leaving Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk after 40 years to move to Grace Lane Vets in Kirkbymoorside.

Speaking exclusively to at the time he revealed: “Well, I’m working two days a week now at Grace Lane.

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

“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.”

He added that he was upset to have the farm side taken away from him, loving that he was a mixed practised vet.

Peter continued: “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.”

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