VMG responds to Adrian Chiles’ Guardian article about veterinary bills

We were sorry to see the article from Adrian Chiles in The Guardian on 15th November regarding his dog’s veterinary treatment.  VMG President Miles Russell has today written to The Guardian in response.  We want to make five main points:

1. The NHS means that people are generally unaware of the costs of healthcare

2. Some veterinary treatments are expensive because they require highly skilled people and the latest equipment to deliver them

3. Vets focus on providing the right treatment for the pet, given the owner’s circumstances

4. Mental health problems in our sector are rife, and articles like this from well-known people make things harder

5. The current investigation by the CMA will confirm that we are a hard-working, dedicated sector that care deeply about the animals in our care.

We will continue to advocate for our sector and those who work in it.

Read the full letter here.


Following the response from the VMG and others in the vet sector, on Wed 29 November, Adrian Chiles wrote a subsequent article – Vets, you deserve my apologies.

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