Vet School

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Informative animal hospital reality show can be graphic.

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Positive Messages

It shows the realities of the veterinary profession, and the importance of caring for animals. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Experienced interns mentor those who need help; everyone at the hospital has a passion for animals.


Animals hiss, bite, scratch. Some are euthanized. Needles, blood, and various graphic surgeries visible.


Animal reproductive issues discussed.


It promotes Cornell University’s veterinarian program.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Treatment drugs discussed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Vet School is a reality series that offers a first-hand look at what it's like to be a veterinary intern. Animals in pain or crisis are often visible, as are needles, bloody surgical procedures, and scenes of pets being put down. Although this is offered in a professional context, sensitive viewers may have a tough time with these images. It's not all gruesome, though; the show also highlights the hard work that goes into becoming a veterinarian, and how interns mentor each other during the process.

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What's the story?

VET SCHOOL is a reality series that follows the veterinary interns at Cornell University's Companion’s Animal Hospital. From emergency care to dentistry, the interns complete various rotations at this teaching hospital, learning new skills every day. While first years like Dan Cimino and Cristina Bustamante learn how to handle animals, help doctors and technicians, and observe diagnostic procedures and treatments, fourth years like Sam Dicker and Singen Elliott mentor them while diagnosing and assisting with surgical procedures. There's never a dull moment, but they're all committed to helping animals the best way they can.

Is it any good?

This informative series demonstrates how students train at Cornell University’s renown veterinary school, where, unlike human hospitals, they must learn to treat all sorts of species, many of whom have different anatomy and needs. There are some upbeat moments, but some folks will have a hard time watching bloody surgical procedures and animals occasionally being put down. But these scenes are offered within an educational and professional context, and definitely highlight the realities of the profession. Animal lovers and future vets will be drawn to it, and may learn a bit about animal care from watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the training that goes into becoming a veterinarian. How much studying and hands-on training does a person have to have in order to get their license to practice? Is it possible for them to learn how to treat all animals? How do they cope with things like putting animals down?

  • Do you think reality shows offer a realistic picture of serious jobs like vet, police officer, or doctor? Why or why not?

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For kids who love animals

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