Although Vet on the Hill was known to many for the primary veterinary surgeon Scott Miller, it also introduced the British public to other friendly faces at The Vet on Richmond Hill practice; Head Nurse Emma Townson was one of them. She was part of the team of vets and veterinary nurses that helped sick and injured animals at the animal care clinic in London.
After first meeting Dr. Scott Miller during her nursing training at Lagos VIP Veterinary Surgery, Emma was convinced to join him when the Miller family returned to England. She worked in all three of his practices: Richmond Hill, where the TV show focuses, St Margarets, and Old Ilseworth.
Over the time Emma was on the veterinary programme, she showed herself to be passionate about animals, especially during an emotional on-screen reunion with her very own horse, which she had left behind in Portugal after her move to England.
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What was the Reason Emma Left Vet on the Hill?
After she ceased appearing on the programme, many viewers were left wondering, “Why did Emma leave Vet on the Hill?”
Although there is no known reason for Emma’s departure from the Channel 4 TV show, there has been some speculation. Some have said that she had grown tired of the spotlight of being on Vet on the Hill, while others believed that better opportunities to further her veterinary career presented themselves for the Head Nurse. With her impressive veterinary lineage and education – she had attended the Australian College of Veterinary Nursing and the College of Animal Welfare, and she even worked at the Lion Encounter in Africa – most believe the latter.
Again, these potential reasons are all just hearsay, as no reason was given when Emma left the programme. It is unlikely a definite answer will be given, especially as Vet on the Hill is no longer running; the final episode aired in 2018.
What is Emma Doing Now?
Emma now lives in Portugal, where she is from originally. She is relatively well-known in the Algarve due to her grandparents, Dr. Robert Townson and Jennifer Townson, who ran a veterinary clinic together between 1970 and 1986. Both of her grandparents were renowned in the veterinary field; Emma’s grandfather founded the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, while her grandmother helped to gain recognition for veterinary auxiliaries as “nurses” and to establish a training scheme.
As of 2022, she now works for Veterinary Business Development in a non-clinical role as a Recruitment Fulfilment Executive. This career move was made after the arrival of her daughter in 2020.
To Sum Up
Vet on the Hill’s Emma Townson’s departure from the TV show was never explained, but people have speculated. Reasons range from Emma being fed up with the spotlight on the Channel 4 programme to wanting to further her career as a veterinary nurse.
Whatever the reason behind her exit, Emma is still working to better the lives of animals in a non-clinical role.