Dr Anthony Bennett and Dr James Carroll of Village Vets Australia, talk about the second episode of series 2.
Episode 2 of Village Vets Australia is all about community. Berry is a really tight community – we love that it’s beautiful and remote yet close to the cities. We love that it has bush, and beach, farms, and great restaurants! It’s got everything, including people who really look out for one another.
We meet Peter and his bull, Burger, aka Sherwood Burgundy “Burgermeister’. Peter is a farmer and terrific character, and he’s heard of another of our clients – charity farm owner Tim, who works with troubled youth to give them life skills. Peter has very generously agreed to donate sperm from his prize bull, and has asked us to help with the artificial insemination process.
We also meet some motivated and sharp young women who are competing for the title of Berry Showgirl 2015. Now don’t for a minute think this is some kind of tacky beauty contest. This is a competition that selects a young woman to represent rural views, and to be an ambassador for Berry at events around NSW. It’s a great event that some may criticise as being old-fashioned, but in fact works well to galvanise a small country town. City folk rarely get to see an event like this, but it’s one of the highlights of Berry’s social calendar, and we are very proud of our Showgirls.
Finally we work on one of the biggest operations to have taken place in the clinic. Jessie the Jack Russell has a tumour the size of a small orange inside her chest, and it has to come out for her to survive. To open up the chest cavity of a dog, and work beside its beating heart, is very special and technically demanding. It reminds us of the important work we do – little Jessie is a much-loved member of a family, and they have trusted her life in our care.
It’s stories like Jessie that remind us of the vital role a vet plays in a small community and how important it is that everyone has the confidence to call on their vets in a time of need. It’s a great responsibility, but also a great honour, living and working in Berry.
Anthony & James