A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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.
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.
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.
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