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The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - UPFRONT - CHRIS BROWN VET & TV PRE­SEN­TER ALI­SON WALSH

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.

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