Pet Vet Dream Team

Ages: 13 - 16Manufacturer: Litton Entertainment

Dr. Lisa Chimes works at an emergency vet clinic in Australia and cases there range from darling to dramatic. Lisa and her team of specialists meet and treat an array of animals, which includes everything from dogs and kangaroos to reptiles and even an abandoned baby echidna. (That’s a type of spiny anteater, and babies are called “puggles.” (Yes, you will want to hold one)

The documentary-style program features video of the animals while Dr. Lisa and others examine and diagnose the critters, and interact with the anxious families of beloved pets. While episodes do provide animal facts and walk viewers through basic steps of diagnosis and treatment, Pet Vet Dream Team focuses more on the human interest angle than it does on biology and education. That doesn’t detract from the show; it’s a production choice and it’s handled well, revealing, as the show open puts it, “the powerful connection between pets and people.”

Half-hour episodes weave together the tales of several different animals, relying on comments from the vets as well as additional narration to clarify the medical issues and treatments. Young children may be a bit distressed by some sequences, for instance, animals under anesthesia while they undergo surgery or other treatments, but nothing in here is too graphic. Pet Vet Dream Team is pleasant viewing for animal lovers and the stories conclude on a hopeful note. Despite the initial drama, expect lots of happy endings and happily wagging tails at this clinic.

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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