Lose one vet, win an­other

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WITH Dr Chris Brown re­tir­ing from his TV vet du­ties, an­other Aussie is here to fill that Bondi Vet-shaped hole in your view­ing sched­ule.

Bris­bane na­tive Dr Scott Miller is an equally ded­i­cated an­i­mal lover, who stars in the Bri­tish se­ries Vet on the Hill. “It’s just so sur­real to be hon­est,” Scott tells Week­end. “I’ve been in the UK for quite a while now, and my mum is con­stantly ask­ing when I’m com­ing home. At least now she can watch what I’m get­ting up to on her own couch in Bris­bane.”

The son of “10-pound Poms’’, Scott grew up in Bris­bane and be­gan his vet ca­reer at the RSPCA in Syd­ney.

But he soon set his sights abroad and moved to the UK more than a decade ago.

“My brother and I al­ways had UK pass­ports,” he says. “Once I fin­ished uni I had the bug to travel. I went to Syd­ney for a year when I was 24 but I re­ally wanted to travel and see the world.”

Scott even­tu­ally set­tled with his wife in the quiet vil­lage of Rich­mond upon Thames, where he runs his own prac­tice.

In Vet on the Hill, cam­eras fol­low the highs and lows of Scott’s busy prac­tice.

“It’s a very hon­est por­trayal of the team I’ve as­sem­bled in Lon­don,” he says. “We like to have a laugh but at the same time we take our jobs very se­ri­ously.

“Chris Brown has been a trail­blazer in re­gards to vet shows, but this is a very dif­fer­ent show (to Bondi Vet). Be­ing based in Lon­don I think you’ll find it has a very dif­fer­ent feel and a bit of Bri­tish in­nu­endo. It also in­volves my fam­ily and kids as well.

“We’ve got guinea pigs, two dogs, a cat and three kids, who’ve all picked up dad’s love of an­i­mals. It’s a busy, lively, colour­ful house­hold.”

Scott is no stranger to tele­vi­sion. As well as pro­duc­ing his own doc­u­men­taries he has ap­peared as an ex­pert vet on BBC’s Crufts, was the reg­u­lar vet on This Morn­ing for six years and co-hosted the chil­dren’s se­ries Who Let the Dogs Out and About.

But it’s Vet on the Hill which made him a house­hold name. “It’s been do­ing so well in the UK and now it’s been sold in loads of coun­tries around the world,” he says. “It’s mind-blow­ing re­ally, con­sid­er­ing it’s my lit­tle prac­tice in south-west Lon­don.”

Vet on the Hill airs Fri­days at 7.30pm on Chan­nel 9.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Dr Scott Miller stars in Vet on the Hill.

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