Pressing play on local paws

Pet Medics' small animals veterinarian, Holly Rabone, with a happy customer. Photo: Katie Cox.

Animal lovers around the world will get the chance to tune into Tauranga’s fuzziest reality show tomorrow afternoon with the debut of ‘Pet Medics’.

The 10-episode local series showcasing the Bay of Plenty’s beautiful scenery has been bought internationally, and follows vets from one of Tauranga’s largest practices as they care for livestock, working animals, and beloved family pets.

Tauranga Veterinary Services marketing manager Joanne Hill found the experience of filming in a busy clinic well worthwhile.

“It was very well received. Most people were happy to share their stories, and some people proactively asked if they could be involved.

“I think people found it quite exciting to be part of. It was a very cool project.”

And while those overseas will get a snapshot of how we care for pets here in NZ, local viewers can tune in on TV One tomorrow at 4pm, or check TVNZ On Demand.

Joanne says the Tauranga vet clinic put up a sign to inform people about the circulating cameraman, and despite a few second takes disruption to services and customers was minimal.

“Our customers were paramount; we didn’t want it to impact on them, because people love their animals, and if they’re feeling stressed or upset you don’t want the cameras to exacerbate that.

“But we worked around it. We did some juggling of staff, and there were a few ‘Can we just say that one more time?’ moments, but overall people were great! I’m just so proud of the team and the customers.”

Distinct from the usual international or Auckland-produced television fare, ‘Pet Medics’ brings a taste of the BOP’s unique rural and seaside landscape to screens around the world.

“We did quite a bit of filming from drones, so even people from Tauranga will get to see Tauranga from a different perspective.

“It’s being shown internationally [too], so you hope people will say: ‘What a wonderful place to go and live, the BOP!’

“The Bay of Plenty’s beautiful, and it’s so lovely being able to showcase what the team do, and the people we work with, and where we work.”

The show will air on TV One at 4pm on Saturday, or is available at TVNZ On Demand.

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