ITN Productions, the creative hub of ITN, has been commissioned by Alison Kirkham, Head of Commissioning, Factual Features and Formats and Tanya Shaw, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features and Formats to make Young Vets (w/t), a 10-part observational documentary series that follows a group of students during their final year at the Royal Veterinary College, for bbc Two.
The series spans the breadth of the young vets’ last year of study as they get hands-on experience with animals for the first time – from conducting life or death surgery to bringing newborn animals into the world. Viewers will see the students in the state-of-the-art RVC veterinary facilities and out on farms, practices and stables across the country. Each episode will combine the progress of the young vets’ training in their final year with stories of the animals that they care for.
Tanya Shaw says: “We are delighted to be working with the RVC on what promises to be a fascinating insight into the dedication and hard work that it takes to become a modern vet.
“We are delighted to be in production for another ITN Productions series for the BBC,” says Emma Read, Head of Factual and Features at ITN Productions. “Our filming gives an insight into the incredible depth of training undertaken by remarkable young vets, with an abundance of heart-warming and compelling stories about the terrific characters of the students as well as the animals they’re treating. We’re grateful to the Royal Veterinary College for this unique access, which shows what it takes to make the grade as a young vet, and examines Britain’s relationship with pets and other animals.”
In production since autumn 2013, the series will complete filming when the students graduate as fully fledged vets in July, with the programme due for broadcast on bbc Two later in the year.