FOR those who remember the ABC TV series All Creatures Great and Small or Bondi Vet for younger audiences, Shoalhaven’s own veterinarian stars have their documentary Village Vets in the can.
Berry vets James Carroll and Anthony Bennett are used to treating animals as the centre of attention but over the past nine weeks they have been in the spotlight.
The vets will star in a Foxtel documentary which follows them as they work with animals throughout the Shoalhaven.
The program is about people and their pets, farmers and their animals with the friendship between the vets at the heart of the story.
Mr Carroll and Mr Bennett said working with people’s pets and animals from the farm to the paddock was going to make for interesting viewing.
“It’s great seeing some of the footage and how interesting the job looks,” he said.
“This is our job, it’s our lives, it’s not made up it is very real.”
Mr Carroll said the film and sound crews who had been working on the documentary were very experienced.
“They’ve been extremely unobtrusive and they know when to film and when to get out of the way,” Mr Carroll said.
“We communicate with our clients, let them know we are doing the filming and that there is no pressure on them to be a part of it.
“A lot of our clients have loved it, especially the larger-than-life characters,” Mr Carroll said.
“The program All Creatures Great and Small was quite accurate and similar to our practice. We treat everything from cows to bearded dragons.”
Screentime executive producer Simon Steel said the vets’ knockabout sense of humour and genuine concern for their clients and animals were a winning combination.
“We are positive Australia will fall in love with James and Anthony just as we have.”
Village Vets is expected to air in July on Foxtel.