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Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 17 yrs.
Rating: TV G

James the pig loves to dig. That may sound like the opening of a children's book, but it's actually a scene from Dr. Chris, Pet Vet, a charming, simple show that highlights an Australian veterinarian and the cases he faces each day.

Chris Brown, whose father was a local vet in the suburbs of Newcastle, Australia, has a gentle, kind personality, a nice smile and clearly loves animals.

The show usually features three segments. For example, on one recent episode, a local reptile park manager named Tim is making a house call to capture a highly poisonous funnel-web spider, which is highly poisonous. Tim wants to milk the spider to get some of the venom to help make an antidote. Meanwhile, at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital in Sydney, a cute puppy named Nala is all puffy from an allergic reaction. And then there's James the pig who is making holes all over the local park, much to his owner's dismay.

Dr. Chris comes up with a genius solution for that problem: a nose ring. Every time James starts to dig the nose ring feels uncomfortable, so he stops. He can still do a little of his instinctual nosing around, but not enough to get him kicked out of the park.

Every episode features an array of amazing animals—some creepy, some adorable. Dr. Chris and the other specialists on the show take viewers behind the scenes to understand what it takes to care for animals of all kinds. Children who are watching might just get inspired to follow in the vet footsteps of Dr. Chris.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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