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Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Spring 2019 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

This documentary-style half-hour program features Australian vet Dr. Chris Brown treating animals at his busy clinic and out in the field. Compassion drives the tone of the show and his soundbites, accompanied by narration, explain the animals' maladies, their struggles to heal, and sometimes the challenge just to survive.

That said, not all storyline are serious. In one episode, Dr. Chris checks out a litter of black labs who are destined to train as service dogs. It's a light-hearted look at just how much damage seven little pups can do to a room while they await their turns to be vaccinated. The rest of the episode weaves together the stories of a Yorkie with an injured paw, and a cat in serious peril due to a bite from a deadly paralyzing tick. Viewers follow along as Dr. Chris talks to the owners, conducts his examinations, and administers treatment.

It's an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the life of a veterinarian, and the target demographic is anyone who uses the term "fur-baby" to refer to the family pet. The camera work is judicious, choosing mildly revealing angles of injuries rather than more graphic shots, and there are plenty of animal shots that simply qualify as "adorable." Best of all, endings run along the lines of happily-ever-after as anxious fur-baby parents cuddle their happy and healed pets.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2019 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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