Emergency Vets

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Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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Graphic footage that's best for strong stomachs.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Veternarians work as a team with staff to help animals feel better.


Graphic footage of animal surgeries and their injuries.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this program features graphic footage of animals being treated for life-threatening injuries and ailments in a veterinary clinic. Doctors explain the grave situations and are honest about animals' chances of survival; families' emotions include fear, sadness, and joy. The show is great way for budding veterinarians, zoologists, and animal buffs to get a real-life glimpse into animal medicine, but it's not for the tender-hearted or those who get queasy at the sight of blood.

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Adult Written byhotcat April 9, 2008

I am glad there's vets!

All pets need to be taken care of!

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What's the story?

EMERGENCY VETS follows the constant bustle of Denver's 24-hour Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, which was founded by Dr. Robert Taylor, one of the surgeons featured on the program (other featured veterinarians include Dr. Holly Knor and Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald). During each procedure, viewers get an up close and personal view of the surgical site, as well as an in-depth explanation of what's happening. Viewers will see animals hit by cars getting operations, older animals undergoing tests, abandoned animals on the brink of death, and more. Not only do viewers follow the goings-on inside the hospital, but outside, too, since the show features recovering pets and the vets' activities.

Is it any good?

As interesting and informative as Emergency Vets is, because of its graphic content, parents should screen episodes for kids who are uncomfortable with the sight of blood, injuries, or animals in pain. The emotional content is quite powerful, too, and should also be considered. And keep an ear out for potentially confusing language such as "pulling blood" or "putting to sleep."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the commitment and intelligence of the people working in the animal hospital, including veterinarians, technicians, specialists, and administrative staff. What sort of classes and graduate education do you need for one of these careers? What strategies can people use to overcome the emotions involved in caring for hurt and sick animals and talking to their owners? What lengths would you go to, to save your pet's life?

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