Village Vets Australia

Meet the Village Vets

What happens when two first year veterinary students sit next to each other on their first day of university? Fourteen years of mateship and a veterinary practice in country NSW! Find out more about the stars of our new series, Village Vets Australia. 

Set in the picturesque Shoalhaven region of New South Wales, Village Vets Australia follows Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll as they run their three veterinary clinics and tend to the animals and pets of the close knit communities they have become an integral part of.

Best mates since university and forming an unbeatable working partnership, Anthony and James treat a myriad of animals large and small.

Highlighting the real-life dramas, emergencies and triumphs of a rural practice, Village Vets Australia is about the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.

Who are the Village Vets?

On a fateful February day in 2000 – their first day of university – Anthony Bennett and James Carroll met and forged a lifelong friendship. After five years of study, they both graduated in 2005 from Sydney University with First Class Honours.

Anthony moved to Berry where he worked at the Berry Vet Clinic before taking a half share in the practice, while James spent time working in Northern NSW before travelling to work in the UK.

Upon James’ return to Australia in 2010, he worked in Sydney for eighteen months, before moving to Berry to work with his best mate. After three months of working at the Clinic, he bought half the practice from the retiring Geoff Manning.

Forming an unbeatable partnership, Anthony and James ran the clinics in Berry and Kangaroo Valley before opening a third practice, All Creatures Clinic, in the coastal town of Shoalhaven Heads last year. Their days are currently spent managing dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, alpaca and horses, as well as the myriad of small animals that enter their clinics every day. 

Bonded by their love of sport (be it footy, skiing, tennis or cricket), animals and the odd BBQ or two, they share a camaraderie, borne from their student days and enhanced by the experiences they have shared – the animals they have treated, those they have saved and lost; the business they have built, and the community they are integral to and proud to be a part of.

Dr Anthony Bennett

Born in Sydney, though spending much of his time on the family farm in Foxground and later Nowra, Anthony always knew he wanted to work with animals.

Graduating with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 2005, at 33-years-old, Anthony has worked at the Berry Vet Clinic for ten years. In 2007, the practice opened the Kangaroo Valley Clinic to better service the agricultural areas of Kangaroo Valley.

Taking a share in the practice in 2008 with now-retired veterinarian Dr Geoff Manning, he today co-owns and operates the practice with his best friend James Carroll. They opened a third practice, All Creatures Clinic, in the coastal area of Shoalhaven Heads last year.

Currently President of the Shoalhaven branch of the Australian Veterinary society and honorary vet at the Berry Show, Anthony is also on the Dairy Panel for the Royal Easter Show.

Anthony is engaged to successful equestrian showjumper, Sidney Roberts.

Dr James Carroll

Born in Queensland, 32-year-old James grew up between his family’s farm in Wee Waa, Northern NSW and Sydney. He knew from an early age that he wanted to spend his life working with animals.

Graduating with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney in 2005, James spent some time working in a mixed practice in Northern NSW before travelling to work in the UK.

Following extensive travels in a campervan around Europe, in 2010 James made the timely decision to return to Sydney where he worked for eighteen months.

Moving to Berry, James worked at the Berry Vet Clinic for only three months before he bought a half share in the practice from retiring veterinarian Dr Geoff Manning.

With the Berry and Kangaroo Valley Veterinary Clinics already established, Anthony and James last year opened a third practice, All Creatures Clinic, in the coastal area of Shoalhaven Heads.

In 2011 James married his wife Ronnie and they have a 14-month-old son, Charlie.

Village Vets Australia premieres on July 24th at 8.30pm - only on Foxtel's The LifeStyle Channel! 


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Posted by Carol259Report
Ooops, I meant Village Vets
Posted by Carol259Report
I hope there will be more than one series of the Country Vets. One of the best shows I have seen. Content wise, beautiful locations and very funny, competent vets. Well done.