Vet series for ABC
Scottish Vets Down Under profiles 2 vets with native wildlife at Bendigo Animal Hospital.
ABC has picked up observational series Scottish Vets Down Under, starring Dr Chris Allison and Dr Mike Whiteford at work at Bendigo Animal Hospital.
The 12 x 30 min series is produced by WildBear Entertainment and will also screen on BBC Scotland.
The ‘fish-out-of-water’ take on vet and animal rescue shows, the series follows these long-time best friends who are on call 24/7, for 365 days a year, as they help local pets and farm animals, as well as a range of native wildlife – including spiny anteaters and kangaroos – that they would never have encountered at home.
The series also introduces us to the other vets and nurses in their team at the Bendigo Animal Hospital, a wealth of local animal owners – and interesting creatures. Dr Mike is an expert equine vet and with Bendigo a key centre for horse racing, the Bendigo Equine Hospital that they also run is kept very busy.
“We are very proud of Scottish Vets Down Under and have loved working on a series that has such huge amounts of heart and humour in every episode,” said executive producer Veronica Fury. “These wonderful best-friend vets, undertaking day-to-day cases – anything from check-ups to major surgeries – would have made for engaging and addictive television on its own. However, when you add in animals that the vets have never encountered, a new environment that they are still getting to know, and the wide range of adventures they undertake in their down time – everything from gold-hunting to flying lessons – it adds a fresh new narrative layer to this popular genre.”
Broadcast dates have not been announced.