Bondi Vet Chris Brown

Dr Chris Brown

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Dr Chris Brown


It’s probably fitting that a day in the life of Dr Chris Brown begins with a surf at Australia’s most famous beach, Bondi. The unpredictability of the waves is matched only by the day that lies ahead. Once Chris swaps the surfboard for the stethoscope, he could be tending to anything and everything from the smallest of city-slicker pets to the biggest of bovines.

Chris is an ambassador for Optimum, Medibank Pet Insurance and Assistance Dogs Australia, a charity that aims to increase the independence of people with physical disabilities.

Despite all these commitments, Chris remains true to his love of veterinary science, still practicing as a vet. Adding to his success, it is no surprise he has earned respect with fellow Australians, coming in at number 13 on Reader’s Digest’s 2013 Top 100 Australia’s Most Trusted List.

Also part of the Brown family are Rusty the failed farm dog and Milky the albino Budgerigar.


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.

Chris is also a regular presenter on Network Ten's The Living Room which premiered in 2012 and is now in its third season. He is also a regular guest and panelist on Network Ten's The Project.

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