VETS, PETS AND LIVING WITH NO REGRETS
FOUR of us huddle around a laptop, watching a trailer for season two of Village Vets. I seem to have something in my eye. All of us do.
The human subject of the story, vet James Carroll, is glassyeyed, swallowing hard. Having to euthanase your dog will do that.
“Part of you wants to get someone else to do it, but she just wouldn’t have been as comfortable,” says Carroll, one half of the university friends- turned- business- partners with Dr Anthony Bennett that forms Village Vets.
“Bailey was a strange old thing. She was 14, she had other ongoing issues, horrendous arthritis. Then she got pancreatitis. She was in pain.
“My rationale was I could get her through, but then wouldn’t be able to medicate her arthritis.”
The intimate moment sums up what the pair agreed to when they decided to do the show. Their lives and work would be told as they were – warts and all. But the show also highlights a mateship of easy banter and good- natured sledging as much as veterinary skills.
“We refuse to do anything contrived in terms of work,” Bennett says. Adds Carroll: “We spend a lot of our day just taking the mickey.”
The pair had two criteria when signing on: to be respected within the profession and the community.
“We didn’t care it if was popular,” Bennett says. Carroll grins. “It’s an observational documentary, but for us it’s a great home video,” he says.