Berry men get own Foxtel show Village Vets Australia

Anthony Bennett and James Carroll and all their furry, hairy and even scaly patients at the Berry Vet Clinic will feature in a documentary series to be broadcast on Foxtel's The Lifestyle Channel starting this month.

Anthony Bennett and James Carroll and all their furry, hairy and even scaly patients at the Berry Vet Clinic will feature in a documentary series to be broadcast on Foxtel's The Lifestyle Channel starting this month.

The lives of two Berry vets will be showcased in a documentary series to be broadcast on Foxtel's The Lifestyle Channel starting this month.

Producers spent nine weeks following Anthony Bennett and James Carroll around the picturesque northern Shoalhaven.

The series captures the pair going about their daily lives and their work in their mixed animal practice, where as well as dogs and cats they can be found treating cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, alpaca and horses - and even the odd bearded dragon.

The pair, both in their early 30s, thought long and hard before deciding to base themselves in a regional area, but say the move is paying dividends. Carroll was even part of the Berry first-grade cricket team that took out the Shoalhaven District cricket competition this season.

"This area is an interesting place and ideal for a mixed practice . .. there are a lot of interesting people in the area," says Bennett.

The pair enjoyed the filming process, occasionally even calling on crew members to lend a hand.

"There was no pressure on us or clients," says Carroll. "We weren't doing anything differently to what we do every day."

The pair hope the empathy they feel for the animals they treat - and their owners - comes across.

They met at Sydney University in 2000, both graduating in 2005 with first-class honours, and today are partners in clinics at Berry, Kangaroo Valley and Shoalhaven Heads. After graduation Bennett moved to Berry to work at the Berry Vet Clinic, where he ended up taking a half-share in the practice.

Meanwhile, Carroll spent time working in northern NSW before travelling to Britain.

When Carroll returned to Australia in 2010, he worked in Sydney for 18 months before moving to Berry to work with his best mate.

Three months later he bought half the practice from retiring vet Geoff Manning.

They were first approached about the series, Village Vets Australia, through "a friend of a friend" 18 months ago. A pilot followed, then a long wait until a series was commissioned. Casual filming was in February before an intensive nine weeks of "24/7" filming.

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