Hit Australian TV show Desert Vet is set to begin filming a four-part series for national and global screens in the heartland of Western Australia’s Pilbara region where legendary kelpie Red Dog roamed, as well as return to the state’s stunning Gascoyne coast and—for the first time—head to the Goldfields.
The series – which will screen on the Nine Network in Australia and Eden TV in the UK and Europe as Outback Vet—is shooting in Karratha, Port Hedland, Shark Bay, central WA, and Kalgoorlie over four weeks from mid-March.
Desert Vet stars 2018 West Australian of the Year finalist Dr Rick Fenny—best known for being Red Dog’s vet and laying him to rest in 1979—and centres around the heartache and joy witnessed by veterinarians, including his daughter Louisa, as they treat beloved animals at his Pets + Vets WA clinics across WA’s outback, as well as the dynamics of the old-school vet and 70-year-old grandfather’s growing family.
Dr Fenny’s marine biologist son Ed, who runs Ocean Park Aquarium in heritage-listed Shark Bay, will also be back for the series.
“It’s incredibly exciting to be getting back out on the road to shoot Desert Vet the series, and know that we’re playing our part in building a narrative around what makes WA different and unique, and taking that to the world, as well as underscoring the vital role vets play, especially in the outback where animals are often a major part of the family or even someone’s closest companion,” Dr Fenny said.
“WA still remains a hidden secret to so many; I’ve been blessed to grow up and build a great career here and it’s fantastic to be able to give back to this great state.”