Marc the Vet

Victoria Stilwell & Holly Firfer on Pet Life Radio

Holly and Victoria tackle the tough subject of puppy mills and what's being done to stop them in both the US and the UK. They also talk about the surprising people and organizations that are inhibiting the progress of anti-puppy mill legislation, and the theories as to why they want commercial breeding to be allowed to continue.

Marc the Vet comes on the show to talk about his work campaigning against puppy mills in the UK, what the latest progress has been, and some very difficult challenges they have come across along the way.

And finally, the trio discusses ways in which the general public can help put a stop to this cruel industry.


Marc Abraham, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he is more commonly known, is a practicing veterinary surgeon, author, and animal welfare campaigner based in Brighton, England.

Marc qualified from Edinburgh University and has since worked in small animal, mixed, and emergency practice, as well as volunteering oversees for animal rescue projects including vaccinating dogs against rabies in Mumbai, rescuing dancing bears in Ukraine, saving cats and dogs in post-tsunami Thailand, neutering pets in the Amazon, and operating on moonbears in Chengdu, China.

As well as employing his veterinary skills both here and abroad, current Daily Mirror/RSPCA ‘Vet of the Year’ Marc also campaigns for numerous animal welfare issues including microchipping, rescue pet adoption, responsible breeding, and against puppy farming. In 2009 he set up PupAid, a national puppy farming awareness campaign that involves an annual fun dog show in London as well as being responsible for the biggest pet welfare petition of all time, part of his relentless lobbying of MPs in Westminster to positively influence laws affecting our nation’s pets.

Marc began his TV career as resident vet on The Paul O’Grady Show, and has since appeared giving pet advice on BBC Breakfast, ITV’s This Morning, Alan Titchmarsh Show, Good Morning Britain (previously Daybreak), It’s Me Or the Dog, Crufts, Animal Rescue Live, as well as a series on Sky One called My Pet Shame alongside Gavin & Stacey’s Joanna Page.

As well as TV, Marc has also written two books: Vet on Call, and Pets in Need. Marc regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and has composed over 1000 articles, columns, blogs on caring for animals for local, special interest, professional, and national media. Marc is experienced at public speaking, weekly newspaper and magazine columns, on all aspects of vet practice; especially customer/client care, responsible pet ownership, social media, PR, and animal welfare issues.

Marc regularly visits local schools to teach pupils about looking after animals, and often appears on radio, online, and social media raising awareness of important UK and global animal welfare issues, from pet obesity and fireworks night, to tick awareness and keeping wild animals in captivity. His corporate work includes working with brands such as The Guardian, Direct Line Pet Insurance, and Netmums, and his iPhone app Canine Care is free to download in the App Store offering tips for pet owners too.

Marc is a producer of movie documentary DogByDog, as well as proud patron of a few animal welfare charities including Oldies Club, Labrador Retriever Rescue Southern England, K9 Crusaders, Speaking Out For Animals, and is also an active supporter of various animal welfare organisations including Animals Asia, The Mayhew Animal Home, Wood Green Animal Shelter, and many more. Marc’s hobbies include snowboarding and scuba diving.