THE managing director of a Thirsk-based web business has spoken at the House of Lords to address perceptions of e-commerce in the veterinary industry.

Iain Booth, a former vet, who launched VetUK Ltd in Thirsk six years ago to sell animal healthcare products online and give consumers a cheaper choice from buying over the counter at their veterinary practice, was invited to talk by the Veterinary Marketing Association.

He addressed an audience of mostly manufacturers of the product at an event called Internet Pharmacy – Threat or Opportunity.

Mr Booth said: “The veterinary industry has been slow to accept the internet.”