Critter Fixers: Country Vets

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Animals are treated with care in fun but graphic vet show.

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Positive Messages

Animals are to be respected and cared for. Their owners and caregivers should seek professional medical attention when they need it, and the doctors on this series show empathy and warmth as they treat patients. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Hodges are Black, as are many of their staff members. They are clearly knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and the animals they treat. 

Violence

Surgeries and geldings (castrations) are shown, complete with incision making, blood, fecal matter, other details. Animals are shown struggling with illness, collapsing, sometimes dying; euthanasia is discussed. Pictures of horribly neglected animals. Animals sometimes get angry and react when being examined. 

Sex

Animal mating and pregnancies are discussed, and ultrasounds are performed. One episode deals with a dog's sexuality and subsequent problems. Words like "nibs" and "humps" are used. 

Language

The word "damn" is occasionally uttered during very tense, high-pressure moments. 

Consumerism

Many different farms and rescues are featured, and their logos are prominently visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Animals are often prescribed medicines, many of which are injected. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Critter Fixers: Country Vets is a reality show about two charming veterinarians who treat animals in rural Georgia. It's fun for animal lovers but not for the squeamish, thanks to scenes of surgeries, deliveries, geldings (castrations), and other procedures being performed. Open, gaping, and infected wounds are often visible, there are images of abused or suffering animals, and euthanasia is discussed. There are also conversations about animal mating, sexual organs, pregnancies, and so forth. Language is mostly clean, but on rare occasion the word "damn" is used.  

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What's the story?

CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS is a reality series that follows two veterinarians as they treat local domestic, farm, and exotic animals. Dr. Terrence Ferguson and Dr. Vernard Hodges are partners at the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in Georgia. When they're not meeting and treating dogs, cats, fish, and other animals, they travel to horse rescues, pig sanctuaries, and alpaca farms to diagnose and take care of some of their bigger patients. There's never a dull moment, and the vets and their staff work under a lot of pressure when complications arise, but the two men approach every animal, and situation, with lots of skill and heart. 

Is it any good?

This fun series features two veterinarians with lots of skill and Southern country charm treating all kinds of animals. As they diagnose, perform surgeries, and try to keep struggling animals alive, they offer a little bit of information about the medical issues they encounter and the choices they make. But the show's true appeal also comes from watching the very likable Drs. Ferguson and Hodges interact with their clients, their owners, and each other. 

Some of the procedures are bloody, and as the doctors attempt to help suffering or critically ill animals, there are some tense and emotional moments. But the empathy demonstrated by these veterinarians makes it a little easier to handle. If you're an animal lover, there's a good chance that you'll find Critter Fixers: Country Vets entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different species of animals featured on Critter Fixers: Country Vets. How do Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Hodges know how to treat so many different kinds of creatures? How much studying do they have to continue doing in order to keep up with the changes in their profession?

  • Did you know that Black veterinarians make up only about 2% of vets in the United States? Why do you think this number is so low? Why is it important to ensure that veterinary medicine, as well as other careers, are obtainable career choices for people of all genders, races, and ethnicities?

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