Brown gets around

From Cairns to Tas­ma­nia on two dif­fer­ent shows – Dr Chris Brown is a busy man, says Deb­bie Schipp

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TV -

DO­ING dou­ble duty for Chan­nel 10 with Bondi Vet and The Liv­ing Room this year, Dr Chris Brown has man­aged to find time for a ve­teri­nary ca­reer mile­stone, and sur­vived a road trip with ‘‘ the world’s loud­est man’’. As the fifth se­ries of Bondi Vet ( ex­tended this year to a weekly one- hour show) kicks off, Brown has proven no job is too big or small.

‘‘ The charm of this job is that one day you’re op­er­at­ing on an elephant, the next a gold­fish,’’ says Brown, who does both in the new se­ries.

For The Liv­ing Room, which pre­mieres its sec­ond sea­son on Fri­day, Brown also man­aged to avoid the earplugs as he took a road trip around Tas­ma­nia with fel­low pre­sen­ter Miguel Maestre.

Both tasks, Brown jokes, had their chal­lenges.

Brown was in Cairns when he ‘‘ got bailed up by a very con­vinc­ing per­son who pleaded with us to help the gold­fish’’.

‘‘ It lives in a pond at a cafe and is a lo­cal iden­tity – its trick is it sucks on the kids’ fin­gers,’’ he says. ‘‘ Ev­ery­one loves this fish but it grew this tu­mour on its head and be­came in­cred­i­bly unattrac­tive, and they said, ‘ We know it’s crazy but can you do it?’ and we did.’’

Brown strolled into the restau­rant on the eve of the op­er­a­tion and or­dered a whole steamed snap­per.

He drew a few con­cerned looks as he prod­ded about the snap­per’s head with his knife and fork, ‘‘ to work out what was where on its head, and where im­por­tant mus­cles and bones were’’.

In­ci­den­tally, one doesn’t op­er­ate on a gold­fish un­der water. ‘‘ But you do need to get the oxy­gen run­ning through the gills. So you spray oxy­genated water, with the anaes­thetic, over the gills, that’s what keeps them asleep,’’ Brown says.

Brown took the same pa­tient ap­proach to his road trip with the ef­fer­ves­cent Maestre as they buck­eted their way around Tas­ma­nia for a travel story for

The Liv­ing Room.

‘‘ Imag­ine be­ing locked in an in­cred­i­bly small car on a one­week road trip next to the loud­est per­son you have ever met in your life,’’ he says.

THE LIV­ING ROOM TDT, Fri­day, 8.30pm BONDI VET TDT, Satur­day, 7.30pm

Bondi Vet The Liv­ing Room.

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