Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat series teaches kids responsible pet ownership.

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Educational Value

Teaches viewers about different animals' needs, and the ways that owners, veterinarians, and animal experts responsibly meet them. 

Positive Messages

It’s fun to have a pet, but it’s important to take care of them properly, including taking them to veterinary check ups and getting them medical treatment when necessary. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The pet owners featured here take good care of their pets. 

Violence & Scariness

Animals are sometimes sick or have injuries that are being taken care of. Occasionally a disaster like an oil spill, and the negative impact it has on wildlife, is discussed. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales features animals, ranging from family pets to rescued animals, being cared for and treated by veterinarians and wildlife experts. It highlights the responsibilities that come with taking care of beloved animals, and gently breaks down some of the mild conditions the animals are being treated for. It’s upbeat and fun, and young animal lovers will probably be drawn to it. 

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What's the story?

FERNE AND RORY’S VET TALES is a British series designed to help children understand how and why their beloved pets may need medical attention, and discuss the different ways that veterinarians and animal experts can help them. Hosts Ferne Corrigan and Rory Crawford travel around the United Kingdom to meet pet owners and their beloved animals. After discussing why the animal should see the veterinarian, they join the family on the visit with the family’s vet. Throughout the check up and treatment, the hosts and the veterinary teams explain what they are doing, and why. Visits to animal rescues also reveal some of the ways animals in crisis are cared for. 

Is it any good?

This upbeat, informative series highlights the need to take the care of their beloved pets seriously, and why veterinary assistance is a necessary part of this. It demystifies some of the examination and treatment techniques used by veterinarians by offering gentle explanations of the animals’ medical conditions, and showing the treatments used to help them. To make it more relatable, the hosts underscore how some of these conditions are similar to those that humans also deal with. Chances are that young viewers will enjoy the animals being featured, which range from dogs, cats, and guinea pigs to puffins, ponies, and alpacas. But Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales also teaches important lessons about the responsibility that comes with having any kind of animal in the home.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different ways that the animals featured on the series are taken care of. What are some of the standard things that veterinarians do to ensure that the animal is healthy? What are some of the more unique treatments the give to some of the pets?

  • Lots of people have pets or want one. What does Ferne and Rory’s Vet Tales teach us about the responsibilities pet owners have to their animals?

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