Three years into his career, Chris was spotted by a talent agent while he was in a Mosman pub telling stories over a few beers. Chris began filming as the new vet on Harry’s Practice and his impact on the television audience was immediate, and he was soon nominated for a Logie award for “Most Popular New Talent” at the 2004 TV Week Logie Awards. He gained further TV experience on Burke’s Backyard, The TODAY Show and Talk to the Animals, as well as releasing his first book, The Family Guide to Pets (Murdoch Books). In 2008 Network Ten commissioned a new factual program Bondi Vet, chronicling the everyday adventures of Chris as he dealt with the characters and crises along Australia’s most famous piece of coastline.
Now into its six series, Bondi Vet has seen Chris help countless animals in their time of need. Aside from life-saving moments, there are also those that are classified as more ‘life-experience’. Being man-handled by a man-hating pig in Fiji, lending a hand (and an arm) to an alligator with indigestion, receiving amorous advances from an 800kg bull and being asked to put silicon testicle implants into an emotionally insecure bulldog are just a few. However, according to Chris it was being chased across the African savannah by a rhino that has been his career highlight. Coincidentally, his career lowlight came shortly after when he danced in front of the entire village. Needless to say they were not impressed with his African rhythm.