Thursday, July 24, 2014

Vets on TV - Village Vets Australia

University of Sydney alumni James Carroll and Anthony Bennett are the Village Vets.
There I was packing my suitcase for the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases Zoonosesconference when I caught two familiar faces on TV. James Carroll and AnthonyBennett were in my year at Sydney Uni, and now they’re the stars of the Lifestyle Channel’s Village Vets Australia.

Based at All Creatures Clinic on the South Coast of New South Wales, the show documents their caseload. The first episode was fantastic – James performed an exploratory laparotomy on a bearded dragon and retrieved a marble, and Anthony performed a calving on a cow with calving paralysis.

For those of you who like your vet TV, its great viewing. I don't want to give anything away in case some readers haven't seen it yet, but I couldn't peel myself away. (For any non-vet who wonders what vets think about veterinary TV programs, we often wince and cringe our way through them - but James and Anthony don't take themselves too seriously).

Catch it on the Lifestyle Channel (you can still catch episode 1 – Gypsy the horse and Elsie the cow, see here). Episode 2 screens on July 31 at 8.30pm.

Meantime for those with an interest in infectious diseases, check out this interview with the wonderful Associate Professor Tom Gottlieb here.