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Students work together and look to experienced veternarians for leadership. The students also have a lot of empathy for the pet owners and are concerned about the health of the animals in their care.
Violence & Scariness
Up-close footage of surgeries, animal exams, wounds, and blood (some of it gets on the students as well as the animals).
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Very mild: "I'm having a really crappy day" (said by one of the owners, speaking for her pet).
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Many mentions of the Canadian veterinary college the students attend.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series has plenty of graphic footage of animals undergoing veterinary care, including scenes with blood and animals that are clearly uncomfortable. As viewers follow the daily challenges of life at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada, they witness the emotional process of vet students telling owners whether their beloved pet is better or not. Students are also questioned by resident veterinarians about appropriate treatments. Owners cry (and vet students look pretty upset themselves). While language isn't a problem, because of its graphic footage and emotional content, this show isn't a good fit for the youngest animal buffs.
Is It Any Good?
Pet MDs is a great learning opportunity for young veterinarian wannabes, but parents should beware of the graphic footage and emotional discussions between veterinarians and owners, which make the series inappropriate for young kids or those sensitive to the sight of blood. Watching the students give exams and listening to their decision-making process is a twist that sets the show apart. The students are very honest in their feelings about talking to owners about their pet's health, participating in surgery for the first time, and even talking to the resident veterinarian about their diagnosis. Pet M.D. is a good choice for older kids interested in pursuing veterinary medicine; by watching, they'll get a real taste of its challenges and rewards.
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