Pete the Vet’s blog picks up three awards

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS - BY MARY FOGARTY

Bray vet, and colum­nist for this news­pa­per, Pete Wed­der­burn, has swept the boards at the 2018 Blog Awards Ire­land.

The blog ‘Pete The Vet won first prize in the ‘Sci­ence and Ed­u­ca­tion (Busi­ness)’ cat­e­gory, ‘Life­style (Busi­ness), and ‘Blog of the Year’.

Pete said that his blog has been a labour of love since he started writ­ing about it over a decade ago.

‘My mis­sion in life is to spread good qual­ity in­for­ma­tion about an­i­mals and pet care, and my own blog has been at the epi­cen­tre of my ef­forts,’ he said.

Pete said that it was a huge sur­prise to hit the big time at the na­tional blog awards, now in its sev­enth year.

His was one of 1,200 en­trants, and 300 fi­nal­ists.

The judg­ing in­cluded three rounds; the first two of which were judged by peers and the fi­nal round was judged by me­dia/jour­nal­ism and PR pro­fes­sion­als. Pete was rep­re­sented at the awards by his daugh­ter Ella and her friend, as he was on a trip which in­cluded vis­it­ing the UK’s big­gest cat res­cue cen­tre. ‘I kept in touch by What­sApp as I trav­elled home!’ He man­aged to get from the air­port to the cer­e­mony in time to find out the ex­tent of the blog’s suc­cess, and to get in to an of­fi­cial pho­to­graph.

‘I was al­most over­whelmed with de­light and sur­prise. For a blog, ac­co­lades and awards re­ally can’t get any higher,’ said Pete.

‘Thank you so much to every­one who helped, from my web­site de­sign­ers to those of you out there who read my blog and give me help­ful feed­back. And par­tic­u­lar thanks are due to my as­sis­tant, Jen, who calmly and ef­fi­ciently helps to man­age blog post­ings be­hind the scenes,’ said Pete.

‘It’s a great hon­our to achieve recog­ni­tion like this, and it’s all the more thrilling be­cause it was so un­ex­pected.’

Pete Wed­der­burn holds two of his three awards.

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