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Veterinarians on TV

Post by John F » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:38 pm

Now and then, by accident, I would stumble on a cable TV show about a veterinarian, a veterinary clinic, or even a vet and his family. Today it seems we have not only sports and show biz and political celebrities, and celebrity chefs and cooks, but celebrity vets. They deal not only with pet dogs, cats, and what have you, and farm animals, but exotica such as yaks, alpacas, and boa constrictors. The shows are so well produced that it's almost hard to believe they are a slice of veterinary life, but when the TV camera closes in on an operation with blood, bones, and all, what else could it be?

For those who think this might appeal to them, whether or not they have animals in their lives, here are a few I know about:

The Incredible Dr. Pol. Mondays on National Geographic Wild; many reruns. An immigrant from Holland in his 70s works in rural Michigan.

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. Saturdays on Animal Planet. He looks like an aging hippie, and his clinic is in downtown Denver.

The Vet Life. Saturdays on Animal Planet. Three vets (two of them African-Americans) who are partners in a Houston clinic and friends, with rather more of their family lives than I care about.

I know this is kind of off the wall, but around CMG you never know what people might be interested in.
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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by lennygoran » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:56 am

John F wrote:
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:38 pm
The Incredible Dr. Pol. Mondays on National Geographic Wild; many reruns. An immigrant from Holland in his 70s works in rural Michigan...Animal Planet. He looks like an aging hippie, and his clinic is in downtown Denver.
I've caught some of those shows--especially on Nat Geo Wild-I've enjoyed the Nat Geo Wild shows that have very fine footage of nature which I prefer over the vet shows but often the commercial breaks have coming attractions of what the next vet show will be about. So many of the Nat Geo Wild shows are repeats I now find I'm watching more and more of the shows here which always deal with real crime events in some manner or form. Regards, Len

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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by John F » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:53 am

lennygoran wrote:I've enjoyed the Nat Geo Wild shows that have very fine footage of nature which I prefer over the vet shows
Would it be fair to say that you care more about plants and scenery than about animals? For me it's exactly the other way around.
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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by lennygoran » Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:06 pm

John F wrote:
Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:53 am
lennygoran wrote: Would it be fair to say that you care more about plants and scenery than about animals? For me it's exactly the other way around.
Well we love to view wildlife-animals-for example birds-our 2 trips to Florida were very productive on that score-I'd say it was about equal for the trips between wildlife and gardens--also footage of places like jungles, the Amazon, etc. We watch PBS Nature studiously-have done so for years- we have one coming up this week-let's hope this creature never gets in our garden--it would be a disaster! Regards, Len :D

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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by jbuck919 » Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:49 pm

Incidentally, one of my most brilliant students (as in it was a privilege to teach her) went to Cornell and stayed there to study veterinary medicine. As you know, all vet schools are more selective than medical schools but the elite ones even more so. She currently has a practice in Brooklyn. I know that John F does not own a pet and Len only gets to his home town about every other week ( ;) ), but just in case....

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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by lennygoran » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:19 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:49 pm
Len only gets to his home town about every other week ( ;) ), but just in case....
John actually it's only about once a month or longer-just today Sue had to buy some supplies at the local nursery-the owner and his sons put in our pond-he was complaining that while they were away he thinks a fisher got into the fish area and ate his largest koi--I'll tell you-it's a jungle out here-not like Brooklyn! Regards, Len :lol:

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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by John F » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:07 am

jbuck919 wrote:
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:49 pm
Incidentally, one of my most brilliant students (as in it was a privilege to teach her) went to Cornell and stayed there to study veterinary medicine. As you know, all vet schools are more selective than medical schools but the elite ones even more so. She currently has a practice in Brooklyn. I know that John F does not own a pet and Len only gets to his home town about every other week ( ;) ), but just in case....
It's just possible she may have been on TV. There's a series about vet school on the Animal Planet channel which followed several students at Cornell through a year there. The 4th year student (not her, it's a guy) was taking cases himself, under supervision of a faculty member, and I was quite impressed by him.

As you say, it's hard to get into vet school. I knew a woman, the wife of one of Norton's authors, who grew up on a farm and wanted to be a vet, but the prerequisite for admission was successful completion of college-level courses in chemistry and other related subjects which she decided were more than she could do.

It seems to me that veterinary medicine is much, much harder than doctoring humans. Not only must a vet be able to treat every species that comes along instead of just one, with skills ranging from diagnosis to surgery, but her patients can't tell her what the trouble is. Given that the cases shown in these shows are a tiny sample of each vet's case load, and have been selected for their entertainment value and usually but not always a successful outcome, even so, the vets' acumen and physical skills are remarkable.
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Re: Veterinarians on TV

Post by lennygoran » Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:21 am

There've been a number of PBS shows where they show how vets and others try to save and rehabiltate wildlife which I've enjoyed over the years-for example this one:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/jungle-a ... tal/14219/

Regards, Len

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