Dr Marc Abraham OBE, or ‘Marc the Vet’ as he is usually known, is a multi-award-winning veterinary surgeon, broadcaster, author, and animal welfare campaigner; regularly appearing on shows including BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Tonight, as well as being a producer of US movie documentary Dog By Dog. Marc has experience across a range of different veterinary work (including small animal, mixed, emergency) as well as his volunteering abroad, allowing him to bring a unique depth and breadth of knowledge to both his broadcast and corporate commitments.
Marc is the author of four books: Vet on Call, Pets in Need, Lucy’s Law: The Story of a Little Dog Who Changed the World, and most recently #BeMoreMosquito: How you can campaign and create change; as well as writing blogs and articles to raise awareness of animal welfare across local, national, and international media, is resident vet giving advice on BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey, plus shares tips on his busy Twitter and FB channels. Marc has successfully collaborated with a whole host of household brands and events, plus is often invited to speak at public engagements as well as at meetings in Parliament.
His passion for animal welfare has also seen Marc volunteer overseas for numerous animal welfare organisations. These include vaccinating dogs against rabies in the Mumbai Slums, rescuing dancing bears in Ukraine, saving cats and dogs in post-tsunami Thailand, rescuing dogs from dogmeat farms in South Korea, neutering pets deep in the Amazon Jungle, working with pit-bulls in US prisons, operating on street dogs in Udaipur, India, going undercover to investigate Finnish fur farms, rescuing ex-breeding dogs and puppies from U.S puppy mills, as well as performing dental work on a rescued moonbear in Chengdu, China.
Marc campaigns extensively for animal welfare issues both in the UK and US, including promoting rescue pet adoption and responsible dog and cat breeding, as well as actively advocating to stop the cruel puppy farming industry. In 2009 he set up Pup Aid, a national puppy farming awareness campaign, featuring an annual celebrity-judged dog show in London’s Primrose Hill. Responsible for three of the biggest pet welfare government e-petitions of all time, Marc is also the co-founder and secretariat of the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group (APDAWG) and helped source rescue dog Dilyn for previous Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie.
After leading a 10-year campaign, including 300+ visits to Westminster lobbying MPs and Ministers, the Government passed Lucy’s Law into English legislation banning the commercial third-party trade in puppies and kittens, making all dog and cat breeders accountable by providing a legislative framework to help investigation and prosecution; thus providing support and transparency for prospective puppy and kitten buyers. The campaign was also successful in changing the law in Wales, Scotland, and hopefully soon Northern Ireland.
Based in Brighton, East Sussex, Marc currently works at The Mewes Vets in nearby Rottingdean, and regularly visits local primary and secondary schools to chat with pupils about caring for animals and looking out for one another. He is proud ambassador and/or patron of several animal charities including All Dogs Matter, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, Humane Society International UK, SPANA, Oldies Club, Friends of Animals Wales, Nowzad, Compassion in World Farming, and Together Co.
Marc has just completed filming a documentary with Donart Film Ltd about campaigning for dog welfare, including exploring canine fertility clinics, the international legal and illegal trade in puppies, and the sale of puppies in U.S pet stores. This documentary (title tbc) is due for release in autumn 2023. In recognition of his work helping animals at home and worldwide, Marc was recently awarded the OBE for Services to Animal Welfare by King Charles III at Windsor Castle, after being announced on the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Winner ‘Prime Minister’s Points of Light’ Award 2020
Winner ‘Best Public Awareness Cause Campaign’ PR Week Campaigns for Good Awards 2019
Winner ‘Golden Sabre for Animal Care’ #SABREAwardsEMEA 2019
Winner ‘Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year’ PRCA Public Affairs Awards 2018
Winner ‘Special Award’ Daily Mirror/RSPCA Animal Hero Awards 2018
Winner ‘Vet of the Year’ 2014, 2015, 2016