Travel is vet’s pet sub­ject

Chris Brown goes from di­ag­nos­ing pets to di­ag­nos­ing places, writes Leah McLen­nan

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AF­TER sev­eral years di­ag­nos­ing pets, Dr Chris Brown has grown ac­cus­tomed to di­ag­nos­ing des­ti­na­tions, and is hav­ing a ball.

Chan­nel 10’s Fri­day night life­style show, The Liv­ing Room, has made a habit of tak­ing the charis­matic vet out of Bondi.

He’s been sent pack­ing on ad­ven­tures in Aus­tralia and abroad, road-test­ing an eclec­tic mix of travel des­ti­na­tions.

His up­com­ing travel seg­ments to fea­ture on the show in­clude Brown in the Kim­ber­ley, the Cook Is­lands, on a South African sa­fari, a P&O cruise in the South Pa­cific, and a road trip in Cape Town.

‘‘We’re off to South Africa for the show, which for me as a vet is an amaz­ing place to go – it’s the Holy Grail of wildlife,’ he says.

Brown, the front-man of hit show Bondi Vet, says the most mem­o­rable of his trav­els for the life­style show was his trip to Ja­pan where he took part in the Naked Man Fes­ti­val.

‘‘It’s hard to go past a very cold night in south­ern Ja­pan back in Fe­bru­ary when I took part in a very cul­tural fes­ti­val, Hadaka Mat­suri.

‘‘There were 15,000 men run­ning through the streets of a small town in ru­ral Ja­pan in search of pu­rifi­ca­tion and good luck and warmth, which they find in the bot­tom of a sake bot­tle or by hud­dling to­gether chant­ing.’’

Brown – who was also run­ning this month in the Syd­ney’s an­nual Ci­ty2Surf fun run – un­for­tu­nately ended his race for char­ity in hos­pi­tal.

‘‘If I’d been a horse they would have scratched me from the start,’’ says Brown, who was suf­fer­ing from a res­pi­ra­tory virus. ‘‘But then if I was a horse I would have been put down at the end.’’

Brown will soon make his de­but on US tele­vi­sion in the form of Dr Chris: Pet Vet, a repack­ag­ing of Bondi Vet for the CBS net­work.

Brown’s aim on The Liv­ing Room, hosted by Amanda Keller, is to leave a smile on view­ers’ faces (which num­ber be­tween 490,000 and 550,000 ev­ery Fri­day night), he says.

‘‘The fact is that we all get along in­cred­i­bly well and if you’re hav­ing fun on TV peo­ple can sense that,’’ he says, re­fer­ring to his fel­low pre­sen­ters builder Barry DuBois, Span­ish chef Miguel Maestre and host Keller.

‘‘We’re four very dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties but through that peo­ple at home watch it, learn some things, and most im­por­tantly have a good time.’’

And when Brown has a spare minute to him­self what does he get up to?

‘‘Nor­mally I’m rest­ing on Fri­day night, it’s not quite the crazy life­style you’d hope for.’’

And – for the ladies of Aus­tralia – is there a Mrs Brown on the hori­zon?

‘‘When I get more than two nights at home then hope­fully I might be able to do some­thing about that,’’ he says.

The Liv­ing Room: Fri­days, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

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