Redlands veterinarian Dr Alex Hynes will soon star on TV screens in the popular animal show Bond Vet.
The Capalaba resident who is based primarily at the Animal Emergency Service Hospital at Springwood said the opportunity to be a featured vet on the revamped TV show came about after she nominated earlier this year.
“The call was put out back in March for nominations for the new Bondi Vet lineup,” she said.
“My initial thought was wouldn't it be great to have a female role model this time around but I wasn't thinking of me specifically.
“I was one of about 1000 vets who were nominated, I put together a video about what I wanted to bring to the role.
“We filmed a 90 second video about 1am in the morning during a shift in our pharmacy at work.
“That video ended up getting 40,000 views on Facebook, the support was amazing.
“From there the producers narrowed down to 50 vets and then to a final five before the announcement last week.
“I'll be joined on the show by Danni Dusek (Vic), Lewis Hunt (NSW) and Peter Ricci (WA).
“From the moment the four of us met there was just a fantastic dynamic between us that the producers were really excited about.
“We are all very different vets sharing the same passion to make a difference in the lives of pets.”
Dr Hynes said it was her own mother who inspired her to become a veterinarian.
“My mum’s love of all living things was really my catalyst for wanting to be a vet, she taught me how to respect animals and they always had a special place in our family,” she said.
“She would bring home animals of all shapes and sizes to love and care for so it’s not a surprise that both myself and my sister have become vets.”
Dy Hynes who has a Samoyed named Yoshi and a cat named Silver of her own at her Capalaba home said she was looking forward to bringing people behind the scenes of her work life.
“I am incredibly excited to be able to bring people behind the doors of one of the busiest veterinary hospitals in Australia and to see the dedication and the teamwork that goes into caring for the patients that come through our doors every day,” she said.
“There are some inspiring stories of pets in critical situations.
“Sharing those stories and the journey to recovery is something that will be very special for people to see.
“Emergency medicine is a new and exciting field of veterinary care.
“If pet owners have a sick pet in the middle of the night they want to know there is somewhere to go that will be able to provide the highest level of medical care with a team of vets and nurses trained in looking after dogs and cats in critical situations.”
Dr Hynes gained her qualifications from the University of Queensland and Murdoch University said though as a director of four animal emergency service hospitals she travels often, she always looks forward to returning home to Redlands.
“My friends are here, I train at Hiit Australia and that's a big part of my life and my daughter goes to Sheldon College so the Redlands area is very much home for me,” she said.
At this stage a date for the airing of the new series of Bondi Vet has not been announced.