Vet School

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8pm, ABC1 Al­most any se­ries that zeroes in on pets is a win­ner. Bondi Vet has a huge fol­low­ing and was a hot favourite with my dog, Ernie the Dingo, even be­fore we moved in around the cor­ner (coin­ci­den­tally). Vet School is a six-part se­ries that fol­lows a group of stu­dents in their last years at Mur­doch Univer­sity; tonight they’re putting all that the­ory into prac­tice as they hit the uni’s busy wards, which deal with about 100 sick and in­jured an­i­mals a day. It can be heart­break­ing work; Susie must de­cide what to do about Bai­ley, who has been hit by a car; Isaac, 12, is dev­as­tated he may lose his best mate. Susie con­tem­plates the worst. It’s a ter­ri­ble de­ci­sion to have to make but, as a vet said as he put my 18-year-old kelpie, Aussie, to sleep: ‘‘ I hope when my time comes I’m sur­rounded by as much love as this dog.’’ Vet science can be a re­ward­ing and lu­cra­tive ca­reer; about 700 Aus­tralian grad­u­ates last year think so any­way.

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