“I ran my student flat as a B&B during the Edinburgh Festival to fund a holiday in Greece”

Pete Wedderburn, also known as “Pete the Vet”, is a Scottish vet who moved to Ireland in 1990 with his Irish wife Joyce. He runs a seven vet clinic in Bray and is a media vet who appears on TV, radio and in the press to discuss how to care for pets. Wedderburn is patron of the Madra dog rescue organization and Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland.

Have you made any lifestyle changes as a result of the energy crisis and the surge in inflation?

I often ride my bike to work. It is only 2km away. I’ve always ridden my bike when the weather was nice, but on a dark, wet, cold day it’s too easy to get in the car.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about money?

Do what you love and the money will follow.

Aside from real estate, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?

A new Volvo car, back in 2018. My 95 year old father-in-law insisted that we invest in the safest vehicle on the market for the sake of his daughter and grandchildren.

What was the most expensive place you have ever visited?

Paris. I love sitting at the sidewalk cafes, but it’s hard to get over the price of that chilled, refreshing glass of Pernod.

What has been your biggest financial hurdle so far?

Bought my own veterinary practice in 1995. The banks didn’t want to give us enough credit so we had to beg from family and friends and borrow money to scrape together the money.

Are you a donor or a saver?

A bit of both. I try to live as if money doesn’t matter (that’s my spending side) but my Scottish heritage keeps pushing me to the sane side.

Do you still carry cash?

no I don’t even have a wallet anymore. My cell phone and a single credit card cover everything.

Do you use one of the digital banks?

I love Revolut because it’s easier to get by without cash and I use Wise for international payments because I write animal articles for foreign publishers.

Do you have a pension?

I started one when I got my first job as a vet. I’ve never put enough into it, but it’s better than none at all.

Would you buy Irish property now?

Yes, but as a home, not as an investment. A home is for life, and all that matters is that you can afford the monthly payments. We have lived in our current home in Bray for 22 years and have no plans to move on.

Your biggest career obstacle?

The stress of being a clinical veterinarian. The average veterinarian leaves the profession after just seven years, and stress-related issues are the main reason. It’s a rewarding job, but it’s emotionally and intellectually demanding.

Today I only work two days a week in the clinic, on the other three days I do my writing and media work. The mix suits me.

What was your best financial murder?

When I was a veterinary student in Edinburgh the flat we lived in was empty during the summer months so I used it (with permission) to run a casual bed and breakfast during the Edinburgh Festival. We called it “Friendly Fringe”. I charged less than the usual fare and handed out leaflets to kindred spirits when they arrived at Waverley Station. Most people stayed for weeks at a time helping me with chores etc so it was easy to walk. It was like a long party and I made enough money to end up having a wonderful vacation in Greece.

If you won the Euromillions what would you do with the money?

I would set up my dream cat sanctuary with an attached non-profit veterinary clinic for people who cannot afford the regular vet bills. Cats are traditionally the poor cousins ​​of dogs in Ireland and I’d love to see better care for those who fell on the wrong side of the tracks.

https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/i-ran-my-student-flat-as-a-b-and-b-during-the-edinburgh-festival-to-fund-a-holiday-to-greece-42209253.html “I ran my student flat as a B&B during the Edinburgh Festival to fund a holiday in Greece”

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