On the couch
My next challenge is to get a pilot's licence.
A vivid childhood memory is … having my face wiped all the time as a kid. We had a pet boxer dog, Penny, and she was always drooling and licking me. The word that best describes me is … tall. People often say, “you're a lot taller than I thought”. I'm 6 foot 5, or 196cm. My first job was … at 14 or 15 I had a paper run in Newcastle [ NSW] that included a hospital. I had to knock on doors to see if people were awake, asleep, or very unwell and not needing one. My most treasured possession is … probably my surfboard. I've had it for about ten years and it's been through a lot, and there have been many times when I thought it would snap. My scariest moment as a vet was … with many a chihuahua. Actually it was when I had to tranquilise a rhino in South Africa to do a procedure. The rhino came around much more quickly than I expected and charged me, and I had to run away from it. Luckily they have poor eyesight and I could take cover behind a tree. My pets are … just one, a kelpie called Reg, a few months old. The question I'm most often asked is … “How tall are you?” And “can I ask you a pet question?” Once I was boarding a plane and I was asked three pet questions before I got into my seat. My favourite smell is … salty air, that beach-ocean smell. A book I couldn't put down was … Batavia by Peter FitzSimons. A song that gives me goosebumps is … Bryan Adams' ( Ever ything I Do) I Do it for You. It's my go-to karaoke song. I relax by … swimming across the bay at Bondi [Sydney]. My greatest achievement has been … operating on a lion in the wild in South Africa to remove a cancer, and it's still going strong three years on. My next challenge is to … get a pilot's licence. It's just something I've always wanted to do. Brown, 35, lives in Sydney. Bondi Vet screens on Network Ten at 6.30pm Sundays.