Penn Vet rolled out its first-ever red carpet last night to celebrate the premiere of Animal Planet’s new reality series, Life at Vet U. The series follows six Penn Vet students as they complete their demanding fourth year of vet school and takes us behind the scenes of the lives of the dedicated professionals who are on the front lines of caring for some of our most beloved family members. Kerry and I were lucky enough to snag invites to the exclusive event, which featured appearances from several of the show’s stars, open bar and stellar hors d’oeuvres, and a screening of the 45-minute pilot that took the audience from belly laughs to tears more than once during the show.
If the first episode is any indicator of things to come, this exciting docu-series will give us insight into not only the rigors of completing one of the most demanding veterinary medicine courses in the world, but also lets us into the personal lives of six fascinating students who have sacrificed everything to become the best at what they do. When your dog is sick, you’re not typically thinking about the doc on the other end—you just want your baby to get well! But this series gives a completely unique view into the long hours, the victories and the heartbreak, and especially the care and compassion that make up a veterinarian’s life on a daily basis. It definitely gave us a new understanding and a new respect for what it takes to get through a day or a week as a young veterinary doctor.
Penn Vet is a global leader in veterinary medicine education, research, and clinical care. We know firsthand that the Penn Vet community is absolutely incredible. From the donors to the doctors and literally everyone in between, these inspiring people are at the top of their game. We were humbled last night to meet even more of these generous super-humans who go all out for the good of the students and—most importantly—our pets. Big Barker is honored that Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital uses our Big Barker beds in many of their departments, including neurology, ICU, surgical oncology, medical oncology, and emergency medicine.
The six-part series Life at Vet U premieres on Saturday, October 1, 2016, and airs Saturdays at 10pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. We will be on the edge of our seats—you do not want to miss this riveting look at the lives of the people who have dedicated their lives to saving our pets!