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I'm a vet, get me on the telly

12 May 2017
It’s the biggest news in town if you’re a pet… or a vet

In the most public job application around, a voting system is open to the community to choose their favourite vet to host TV’s Bondi Vet.

#Update, 18 July 2017

It's all up to the judges now. The final five vets have been announced in the search for the new Bondi Vet, with University of Sydney alumni, Lewis Hunt named as a contender for the top job. Stay tuned for the final announcement, and in the meantime, ask Lewis a question on his Bondi Vet profile page and check in for exclusive content as he is filmed doing what he does best for this final round of judging.   

#Update, 2 June 2017

The race to become the next Bondi Vet is heating up as the top 50 entrants are announced. Included in the top 50 are 14 University of Sydney alumni: 

Alison Shen - Aussie Mobile Vet
Audrey Shen - Aussie Mobile Vet
Belinda Parsons - Great Western Animal Hospital
Hannah Plummer - Heathcote Veterinary Hospital
James Crowley - The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney
James Grimson - Cessnock Veterinary Hospital
Laura Brown - Greencross Vets
Lewis Hunt - Collaroy Plateau Veterinary Clinic
Michael Demertze - Southside Animal Hospital
Michael Yazbeck - Greencross Vets Campbelltown
Sally Yamamoto-Smith - Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre
Sarah Jane Goodwin - Greencross Vets Coogee Maroubra
Simone Maher - Animal Welfare League NSW
Todd Dewberry - VacciVet

This round of voting is set to determine the final five entrants to be announced at the end of the June.

Cast your vote now.

Dog lying on the ground

There is a nationwide search to find a new host for the long-running and ever-popular television show, Bondi Vet. Original host, Dr Chris Brown and current co-host, Lisa Chimes are both alumni from the University of Sydney. Chris is stepping down from his TV role, sparking the search for his replacement.

Public voting is open until 16 May and the winner will be announced in August. 

Some vets have nominated themselves to take on the hosting gig, others have been nominated by the pet owners that are so incredibly grateful for the professional and personal veterinary services they receive for their furred, feathered, finned, shelled, scaled or skinned animal babies.

Professor Rosanne Taylor

Professor Rosanne Taylor, Head of School and Dean of the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.  

Professor Rosanne Taylor, Head of School and Dean of the Sydney School of Veterinary Science said it came as no surprise that so many of the nominees had ties to the University.

“Veterinarians in our hospitals, current students and Veterinary Science alumni are featured amongst the 222 nominees listed on the Meet the Vets site. At last count, there were 66 alums including five veterinary staff members, and two students vying for this important, inspiring and valuable veterinary and communications role, and the nominations, and recommendations are still growing,” said Professor Taylor.

“We are, of course, hoping for a win by one of our skilled alum.  Most of the country’s leading celebrity vets trained with us. The videos, practices and interests of the nominees showcase the diversity of the many highly professional and much loved vets who had their professional beginnings here at Sydney.

“Sydney veterinary science has long been a leader for academic reputation and research impact. Our QS subject rankings place us as number one in Australia for veterinary science. I encourage pet lovers to show their support, share their experiences and give a vote of confidence for your favourite Sydney Vet alum. Or if you would like to see what it takes to become a veterinarian, consider voting for one of our current students to be on the show,” Rosanne said.

The public are being asked to share their experiences and commendations of the vets in the running. The top 50 vets will go through to the semi-finals through a combination of the producers’ choices and community responses to the nominees.

So get voting for your favourite vet, or vet student – from the University of Sydney of course!

Click through to see the profiles and videos of our University of Sydney nominees here:

Adam Gordon - Maroubra Veterinary Hospital
Alison Shen - Aussie Mobile Vet
Alison Wardman - The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney
Amy Hardwick - Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic and Animal Referral Hospital
Andrew Ottley - Ulladulla Veterinary Hospital
Andy Lynch - The Veterinary Surgery Yarrambat
Annabelle Olsson - Boongarry Veterinary Services
Anton Ghaly - Sydney Animals Hospital Newport
Anupam Sharma - Self employed
Ari Ende - Vetaround
Arianne Lowe - Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Audrey Shen - Aussie Mobile Vet
Belinda Parsons - Great Western Animal Hospital
Ben Selvaraj - Princes Highway Vet Hospital
Camille Brandt - Orchard Hills Veterinary Hospital
Chloe McDonald - University of Sydney
Chris Hong - Collaroy Veterinary Services
Chris Lee - Kingston Animal Hospital
Deepa Narula - Southern Vet Hospital
Dennis Woerde - Bacchus Marsh Veterinary Hospital
Duncan Houston - University of Sydney
Duncan Pearce - Manly Road Veterinary Hospital Queensland
Eloise Ewen - Sylvania Vet Hospital
Eloise Koelmeyer - Gungahlin Veterinary Hospital
Emily Glasson - Sylvania Veterinary Hospital
Erika Sullivan - Vets4Pets Golden Grove
Erin Kefford - Greencross Vets Castle Hill
Finlay Burrows - Engadine Veterinary Hospital
Hannah Plummer - Heathcote Veterinary Hospital
James Crowley - The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Sydney
James Grimson - Cessnock Veterinary Hospital
Jason Rapke - Glen Iris Veterinary Clinic
Jessica Green - Locum Vet
John Morgan - Gordon Vet Hospital
John Thirlwell - Belrose Veterinary Hospital
Joshua Bool - Allambie Vet Clinic
Josie Gollan - Animal Doctors
Kieran Russell - Vets at North Rocks
Laura Brown - Greencross Vets
Lewis Hunt - Collaroy Plateau Veterinary Clinic
Lloyd Varga - Ironmines Veterinary Clinic
Marcos Serrano - Allambie Vet
Michael Demertze - Southside Animal Hospital
Michael Stephen - AMS Alexandria Veterinary Hospital
Michael Yazbeck - Greencross Vets Campbelltown
Nick Taylor - Greencross Vets Roseville
Nicola Finn - Musculoskeletal Vet
Oriana Marchetti - Self employed
Mathew Grabovszky and Kelly Griffin - Pacific Vetcare
Pat Chan - Great Western Animal Hospital
Paul Partland - Illawarra Animal Hospital
Ray Chan - Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital
Sally Pegrum - Double Bay Vet
Sally Yamamoto-Smith - Bedford-Dianella Vet Centre
Sam Kovac - Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic
Sam Samuelsson - i-Vet
Sarah Jane Goodwin - Greencross Vets Coogee Maroubra
Simone Maher - Animal Welfare League NSW
Sonya El-Chami - Sydney Animal Hospital Newtown
Sophie Moffat - Greencross Vet Chatswood
Stephanie Wyllie - Dungog Veterinary Hospital
Tamara Butler - Yass Veterinary
Tim Hill - Vet Cross Bundaberg
Todd Dewberry - VacciVet
Tom Currie - Greencross Vets Warilla/Shell Cove
Victoria Andrews - Heathcote Veterinary Hospital
Zi Yi Lim - Best Friends Our Vet Erina