Dr. Chris Pet VetSpring 2017 Television
You think you had a tough day at the office? Imagine trying to figure out how to boost the immune system of an orphaned lamb that's now being raised by a dog, or performing delicate surgery on a critically ill pelican chick's neck.
That's all in a day's work on Dr. Chris Pet Vet, the half-hour documentary-style program that follows earnest Australian vet Dr. Chris Brown as he and his colleagues treat a range of animals, both in the field and at a small animal hospital.
In "Connect the Dots," vets treat a black Lab that ingested a bunch of rocks. In another episode, a reptile park's operations manager helps a family remove a deadly funnel web spider from their home. And, in an episode titled "African Adventure," a trip through Kenya brings Dr. Chris in contact with rare and endangered wildlife in need of treatment, including a baby rhino orphaned by poachers. That show also features a trip to a Kenyan livestock market where the vet checks out camels, sparking a discussion about the need to balance the water and resources required for herding with the need to leave enough resources for the wildlife in the region to thrive, too.
Each half hour episode cuts back and forth between several separate storylines to create an interesting pace and to maintain suspense about the animals' outcomes. The program amps up the sense of peril but rest assured that the creatures featured usually experience positive results from treatment. While many vets and wildlife experts make appearances in the segments, Dr. Chris Brown is the focal point and he's polished and at ease in front of the camera.
Program information recommends Dr. Chris Pet Vet for ages 13 and up, appropriate since the program includes many conversations about conservancy that may not resonate with younger animal lovers just hoping to see cute pets and heroic vets. Dr. Chris Pet Vet avoids the more sensationalized tactics utilized in other wildlife adventure programs - and that's a good thing. For families who appreciate educational animal and nature programs with feel-good narratives, this pleasant half-hour offers a glimpse into the world of veterinary science and wildlife conservation.