Newcastle Herald

TV vet in 20 countries still heeds call of home

Date: 28/01/2012
Words: 223
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 24
DR Chris Brown's love of animals began in Newcastle and has reached an international level.

Bondi Vet returns to television on Tuesday night on Southern Cross Ten for its fourth season.

The television series is now screening in 20 countries.

"We don't really know too much about the overseas screenings but I keep having visitors turn up at the vet clinic from places like New Zealand, Brazil and England," Brown said.

"They come in and say hi."

Brown grew up at Merewether, where his father, Graeme, runs a veterinary hospital.

His suburban home and the family's weekender at Stroud were hospital wards to ducks, cows and donkeys. Brown even had a pet penguin for six months.

Bondi Vet chronicles Brown's adventures as he lives and works in the world-famous beachside suburb of Bondi.

In the fourth season, Brown heads to rural Victoria to treat all sorts of animals, from wombats to monkeys.

He also visits the Children's Hospital at Sydney's Westmead, where he helps burns victim Sophie Delezio to launch her pet therapy program.

The TV vet visits Newcastle regularly to escape the big smoke and catch some waves.

He is also a 2012 member of the Newcastle Knights.

"I always like getting to a Knights game. It's a good way to relax and a nice way to show I'm a proud Novocastrian," Brown said.

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