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The LifeStyle Channel’s home-grown heroes are back when the heart-warming local production, Village Vets Australia, returns for a second season on Thursday, July 30 at 8.30pm, only on Foxtel.

Filmed across the picturesque Shoalhaven region of NSW’s South Coast, Village Vets Australia is an 8-part 1-hour observational documentary series that follows country vets and long-time best mates Dr. James Carroll and Dr. Anthony Bennett as they work with animals big and small.

Since meeting at university, the two have formed an unbeatable friendship and working partnership. Each day, in their clinics and on the farms of Berry and Kangaroo Valley, a myriad of animals can present who need their help – from sick and injured horses, cows, goats and sheep; to much-loved household pets, including ferrets, birds, rabbits, lizards and even pigs, each with their own unique ailments and treatments. No day is ever the same, and this season will see James and Anthony face some of their most challenging cases yet.

Episode one explores the idea that being a vet is one of the few professions that allow you to be present when life comes full circle. They’re there at the birth of a patient, and when that patient passes – from the rescue birth of a puppy stuck in its mother’s birth canal to the harrowing decision James and his family face, to put their own elderly dog, Bailey, down.

Season two will see James and Anthony undertake a major operation on a small dog with a large lung tumour; help facilitate a bull sperm donation to a local charity farm; Milo the alpaca has been attacked by an eagle; Di the Donkey has bad feet and needs urgent attention; and an echidna turns up at the clinic with a terminal case of ticks.

This season Anthony and James are also joined by Associate Vets, Bryden Krebs and Hannah Belling; Graduate Vet, Chris Stott and Vet Nurses, Trish Rosa and Kahlia Bugden.

Village Vets Australia is a unique insight into the real-life dramas, emergencies and triumphs of a rural practice. It explores the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.

Village Vets Australia is an original concept by Rodney Richmond and is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, exclusively for Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel.