The doc­tor is in

Bondi Vet’s Dr Chris Brown won’t be giv­ing up his day job any time soon. By COLIN VICK­ERY

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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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