Bondi Vet

Bondi Vet is an Australian factual television series. It follows the lives of veterinary surgeon Chris Brown at the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital[1][2][3] (near Bondi Beach), and emergency veterinarian Lisa Chimes at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH),[4] in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde.[5]

Bondi Vet
Also known as
  • Dr. Chris: Pet Vet (United States)
  • Ветеринар Бондай Бич (Russia)
  • Veterinario al rescate (Spain)
  • Veterinář z Bondi beach (Czech Republic)
  • Weterynarz z Antypodów (Poland)
StarringChris Brown
Lisa Chimes
Tim Faulkner
Andrew Marchevsky
Narrated bySteve Oemcke (Australia) Alex Rain (United States)
Opening theme"Coming Home"
by Alex Lloyd
Composer(s)Neil Sutherland
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes161 (as of 9 July 2016)
Executive producer(s)David Williams
  • Jane Caswell
  • Anne-Maree Sparkman
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)WTFN Entertainment
Original networkNetwork Ten (2009-16)
Nine Network (2019)
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release5 February 2009 (2009-02-05) 
Related showsBondi Rescue
External links
Production website

Also featured on Bondi Vet are Andrew Marchevsky, a specialist surgeon at SASH, and Tim Faulkner of the Australian Reptile Park at Somersby on the New South Wales central coast.

The series first broadcast on 5 February 2009, with the first two full seasons averaging a rating of 0.93 million viewers in the five capital cities. Bondi Vet screened for seven seasons on Network Ten.[6]

Since 28 September 2013, the show was seen on Saturday mornings in the United States on the CBS network, under the title of Dr. Chris: Pet Vet (only using the first name to avoid confusion with the American musical artist of the same name). The program was slightly re-edited by American distributor Litton Entertainment to comply with American requirements regarding educational children's programming.

Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast

In March 2017, Brown announced he was stepping down as host due to his extensive television hosting and presenting schedule. The series production company, WTFN Entertainment, searched for a new host.[7] Over 800 nominations were received in just a week of the announcement and it was revealed that a top 10 would be nominated and the public would decide who the next Bondi Vet would be.[8] In July 2017, a top 5 shortlist of vets from around Australia was revealed.[9]

In November 2017, WTFN Entertainment revealed that the series will showcase multiple vets in the next series instead of one and they will be Dr Peter Ricci, Dr Alex Hynes, Dr Kate Adams, Dr Lewis Hunt and Dr Danni Dusek.[10] The new series will be known as "Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast" and would feature vets from locations all over Australia. In December 2018, it was announced the series would be switching from Network Ten to Nine Network in 2019.[11] In February 2019, WTFN entertainment announced an additional two vets to the cast, with identical twin sisters Alison & Audrey Shen being included in the new series[12].

Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast will premiere in Australia on Nine Network on Friday, 11 October 2019 at 7:30pm.[13] It first premiered in Canada on the Cottage life TV network on 27 March 2019.[14][15]


Bondi Vet team

Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast team

  • Peter Ricci, BVSc BVMS - small animal emergency veterinarian (The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University) and wildlife and zoo veterinarian (Perth Zoo)
  • Alex Hynes BVSc MVS MANZCVS - emergency and critical care veterinarian (Animal Emergency Service)
  • Kate Adams - veterinary surgeon (Bondi veterinary hospital)
  • Lewis Hunt - veterinary surgeon
  • Danni Dusek - veterinary surgeon
  • Audrey Shen - mobile veterinarian
  • Alison Shen - mobile veterinarian

Nominations and awards

Year Nominee Award Result
2015 Bondi Vet Logie Award for Most Popular Reality Program Nominated[16]
2016 Bondi Vet Logie Award for Best Factual Program Nominated


The series is broadcast in the United States, on CBS as part of their educational CBS Dream Team Saturday morning programming strand programmed by Litton Entertainment, under the title of Dr. Chris: Pet Vet. The series began broadcasting on 28 September 2013.[17][18] In Canada the series is broadcast on CBC Television. In Czech Republic the series is broadcast on Animal Planet. In the Netherlands it is broadcast on TLC. In Spain the series is broadcast on BeMad TV.

Home media

Season Release dates Number of episodes Number of discs Special features
Season 1 10 February 2011 (2011-02-10)[19] 14 2 N/A
Season 1 & 2 3 July 2015 14 +16 6 N/A
Season 3 3 July 2015 15 3 N/A
Season 4 3 July 2015 16 3 N/A
Season 5 5 August 2015 30 5 N/A
Season 6 5 August 2015 30 5 N/A
Season 7 3 April 2016 29 5 N/A
Season 8 TBA 13 N/A
Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast TBA 10 N/A


  1. Lisa Chimes - Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists
  2. Andrew Marchevsky - Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists


  1. Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital. "Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital. "The Bondi Vet with Chris Brown". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital. "Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital staff". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  4. "SASH vets". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  5. "SASH vet hospital". Archived from the original on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. Network Ten. "Bondi Vet – Ten Network website". TenPlay – Bondi Vet. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  7. "Dr Chris Brown: 'Now I will just be a Bondi vet rather than the host of Bondi Vet'". Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  8. "Viewers will choose the next Bondi Vet star". Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  9. "Five docs shortlisted as next Bondi Vet". Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  10. "Four new faces in new-look Bondi Vet". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  11. "New-look Bondi Vet heading to Nine". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  12. Feb 24th, Team Bondi Vet |; 2019. "Two new cast members for Bondi Vet announced". Bondi Vet. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  13. Knox, David (4 October 2019). "Airdate: Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  14. "Bondi Vet: Coast To Coast". Cottage Life Television. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  15. Hynes, Alex (27 March 2019). "Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast – Canada Premiere 27 March". Dr Alex Hynes. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  16. The full list of Logies nominations for 2015
  17. Idato, Michael (3 August 2013). "Dr Chris Brown heads to the US small screen". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  18. "Dr. Chris Pet Vet". CBS. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  19. "Buy Bondi Vet – Season 1 (2 Disc Set) on DVD-Video from". Archived from the original on 7 April 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
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