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Dr. Chris Pet Vet

Aussie doc patches up animals in average reality series.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Viewers see the process by which the experts help animals on a case-by-case basis. They're also exposed to basic medical terms and procedures as well as the humane handling of wild animals when it's necessary.

Positive messages

The series spotlights people whose work involves the compassionate care of both domesticated and wild animals. The animals' safety is always the primary concern, regardless of their size or species.

Positive role models

Dr. Chris and his team truly care about the animals they work with, and it shows in the time they devote to each case. When pets are involved, the doctors are equally sympathetic to the families' emotional needs.

Violence & scariness

This is a show about the work of a veterinarian, so all kinds of animals are shown in varying states of distress. Injuries and illness are visible, as is surgery, but the scenes aren't gory. In some cases, the animal experts must trap and transport wild animals, who are frightened by the experience. In other scenes, there's some fighting among animals.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dr. Chris Pet Vet follows the work of a renowned Australian veterinarian, with each episode chronicling the treatment of three or four animals through illness, injury, or other distress. Any graphic content is kept to a minimum; the worst you'll see are some scrapes, punctures, or surgical incisions on the mend. Expect a lot of emotion when pets are involved and families (including kids) are upset over the possibility of losing their best friends. As for kids, most of what's here isn't a worry, but youngsters might need some reassurance of the doctors' good intentions when their methods of trapping or treating them cause them stress.

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What's the story?

DR. CHRIS PET VET shadows Dr. Chris Brown, a famed Australian veterinarian whose tireless work is reflected in the multitudes of animals he cares for. Whether it's a streetwise cat whose last encounter left him limping or a family of ducks in a precarious rooftop spot, Dr. Chris and his team of experts always rise to the occasion. This bustling practice meets the needs of all of its patients and, in some cases, their human families.

Is it any good?


Animal-related reality series are so plentiful they easily populate their own TV genre, and it's often difficult to distinguish one from the next. Sure, Dr. Chris Pet Vet sheds light on the benevolent and skilled work that these experts do on a daily basis, but, aside from the subjects' striking Aussie accents, there's not much here that hasn't already been healed, stitched, or rescued on another show.

That's not to say that the series has no value. There's always something positive to be gleaned from watching everyday heroes in action, and charismatic Dr. Chris certainly fits that bill. This is no action thriller, but it does pay respect to the rewards of meaningful work and a compassionate spirit.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the work the subjects do. Is it rewarding? Is it ever emotionally challenging? What do you think you would like most about a job like theirs? What would be most difficult?

  • Kids: How do you show compassion to people in your life? Is it easier to do with some than with others? Why is it important to do so? Why should we care for other living things as well?

  • Families can learn more about the animals featured on the show, particularly the wild ones. Are they found near where you live as well? What would you do if you saw a wild animal in distress? How do you ensure your safety in situations like that?

TV details

Premiere date:September 28, 2013
Cast:Dr. Chris Brown
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Cats, dogs, and mice, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-G

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Kid, 9 years old April 13, 2014

Good show

Good and all, just some surgery and sometimes death. But otherwise, great of you love animals.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence