The doctor is in
Bondi Vet’s Dr Chris Brown won’t be giving up his day job any time soon. By COLIN VICKERY
DR Chris Brown reckons people still get a shock when they bring their pets to the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital and he’s on duty.
Some are flabbergasted to discover Brown isn’t an actor playing a role on Bondi Vet but is actually a qualified veterinarian.
Many are confused to discover there isn’t a camera crew following Brown’s every waking move. Others simply can’t believe Brown is on duty given his busy TV schedule.
The last one is the easiest to believe. These days Brown has to balance his vet job with co-hosting I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and his travel segments on The Living Room.
“I enjoy the variety of everything I do at the moment but the heart of it is my work as a vet,” Brown says.
“That’s why making Bondi Vet is such a pleasure for me still. It is the favourite thing I do because it’s me and it is what I’ve spent so much time studying to be.”
Brown shares some of his thoughts and tips learnt over his time on the job
1 People often underestimate the responsibility of having a pet
“You have got to see a pet as a fully fledged family member. They’ve got wants and needs. The core of it is that they want to spend time with you. They want to have interaction. Their day is made when they see you and socialise with you. You can get them the fanciest food and the best treats in the world and the best toys but in the end it is you that counts. Time is what they want from you and you have to prioritise that.”
2 The best pet for a child is a cat
“A pet can be such a positive influence on a kid’s life. A great choice, I always think, is a cat. There are so many kittens out there that need homes. They are surprisingly low maintenance. They’re as low maintenance as a guinea pig and probably less work than some small dogs or birds. They are very happy in their own company but when you’re home they’re happy in your company as well.”
3 Looks aren’t everything
“Choosing a pet is a lot like choosing your perfect human partner. You can sometimes be sold on looks and forget about personality. A lot of dogs that are the buzz pets to have because they look cute and are going to look great on Instagram may not be the most perfect choice. I’m talking breeds like huskies or Alaskan malamutes. They look amazing but life isn’t about Instagram. It’s about keeping your pet healthy and happy. Usually dogs that have unique looks have unique needs.”
4 Pets pick up on your personality
“A lot of highly strung people have highly strung pets. Our pets don’t speak our language so all they have is our body language and mannerisms to go on. If you’re giving off a very anxious tone they pick up on that and make it their own. ”
5 Your pet says a lot about you
“I have a theory that your choice of pet tells the trained eye a lot about you. It’s not just cats and dogs. People that have outgoing dogs are generally outgoing people as well. I can’t imagine that an introverted person would love a boxer leaping all over them. You generally find that people choose pets that match their own personality and how they want to be seen. For example, lots of personal trainers and body conscious people own staffordshire bull terriers that are quite muscular.”
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