TV vet Pete Wedderburn on the cute way he and wife Joyce first met

Pete Wedderburn, or Pete the Vet, is a familiar face on Irish TV, giving advice to pet owners across the nation on shows like Ireland AM.

The popular veterinarian has been based in Bray for decades but is originally from Edinburgh.

He revealed to RSVP Magazine that he ended up moving to Ireland after falling in love with his now-wife Joyce, who hails from Malahide but had gone over to Scotland to study.

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“I went to college in Edinburgh and Joyce was an Irish nurse, studying to be a midwife. It ended up that I was in a flat full of vets and she was in a flat full of midwives,” he told us.

“Three of the vets ended up marrying three of the midwives. We’re all still friends too! One of the vets was going out with one of the midwives, and we had joint social occasions.”

Pete managed to woo Joyce with his skills in the kitchen, and the rest is history.

“Our first meeting was when she came round to dinner at our house and I’d already heard about this interesting Irish woman. I suggested I would cook that night, in the knowledge that cooking for women is a good way of winning them.

“I ended up moving back to Ireland with her and it very quickly became my second home.”

The TV star, who now balances working part-time at his veterinary practice in Bray with his extensive media work and running his website Petfix Club, said the couple share a deep love of animals.

“She’s absolutely an animal lover too – she has to be!” he continued.

“It’s one of the things we bond over. We have two dogs, three cats, ducks and chickens at home. Because she’s cared for people in her life, she’s great at caring for animals too.”

As well as their many pets, Pete and Joyce have two grown-up daughters, Anna and Ella.



Pete Wedderburn at 18, just about to start veterinary college in Edinburgh

When she was younger, Anna originally wanted to be a vet like her dad.

“She worked with me at the clinic every Saturday morning for a long time when she was a teenager. I think during that time she really learned what the job of a vet entailed.

And just before her Leaving Cert she realised it wasn’t the job she wanted to do for the rest of her life. It’s a very demanding and hands-on job. She made a decision that she wanted to do a different style of job She studied immunology and after that she did a degree in science communication.

“She now works as a science communicator at UCD, which is quite similar to the work that I do as a vet in the media!”

Pete spoke to RSVP in association with Pups in the Park. Pups in the Park is Ireland’s ultimate dog’s day out, taking place in Malahide Castle on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st 2022. Visitors will be able to enjoy and learn from a range of fun-filled and action-packed areas including the Leader Main Arena, Expert Talk Stage, Obedience Ring, Agility Course, Hay Bale Race, Puppy Academy, The Great Dog Walk, and much more. Pete himself will headline the festival and host specialty talks across the weekend, sharing expert advice with pet-owners. Tickets are on sale now from pupsinthepark.ie

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