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The Yorkshire Vet is returning tonight, Tuesday, June 8, for its latest episode on Channel 5. The documentary series follows the activities of vets Peter Wright and Julian Norton at the famous practice in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. But after four decades, Peter decided it was time for him to leave Skeldale behind.
Peter worked under James Herriot, the legendary veterinary surgeon who detailed the events of his life through the books All Creatures Great And Small which is now a reboot series on Channel 5.
Peter has played a major role in Skeldale’s history as well as on The Yorkshire Vet where he helps to treat injured and or sick farm animals.
He has been one of the stars of the show – which is currently in the middle of airing series 12 – from the very beginning.
Earlier this year though, Peter gave up his job there to start afresh at Grace Lane Vets in Kirkbymoorside.
As Skeldale started to specialise as a small animal practice, Peter took this as his cue to go somewhere else.
Luckily, he hasn’t ventured too far from his professional home of 40 years and is continuing to work but this time at Grace Lane Vets in Kirkbymoorside.
So he will still be appearing in The Yorkshire Vet to highlight his work on some of the bigger animals.
However, when the bosses of Channel 5 heard he had quit Skeldale, they weren’t as calm.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Peter opened up about when the network had first discovered he was leaving the practice.
He said: “Last week, the head of Channel 5 programmes Ben Frow, apparently he contacted Paul Stead at Daisybeck Studios who make the programme to say ‘Gosh I nearly had a heart attack!
“‘I didn’t realise Peter was leaving Skeldale and I was in tears at the end when he moved to his new practice!’
“He hadn’t been made aware of what I was doing so I found that quite amusing really.”
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Peter left Skeldale in January with the series only just showing him departing the practice.
As a leaving present, Skeldale named its new cat ward after him so his memory would live on there.
At the end of last week’s episode, Peter tweeted: “The end of an era.
“Thanks for all your comments but glad to say I’m not leaving @theyorkshirevet @channel5_tv and will be continuing my work @gracelanevets.”
Sadly, The Yorkshire Vet is going to be away from our screens for a few weeks.
The documentary series will be taking a mini-break before the remaining episodes are shown.
But fear not, as its return date has already been set with The Yorkshire Vet continuing on Tuesday, June 29.
The Yorkshire Vet continues tonight, Tuesday, June 8, at 8pm on Channel 5.
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