Wakatipu veterinarians Nicky Viggers and Geoff Woodhouse,
with four-legged friends, feature in Remarkable Vets, the
Queenstown television series on the clinics, which is now
available on DVD. Photo by James Beech.
The Queenstown television programme about Wakatipu
veterinarians treating all creatures great and small is now
available on DVD after years of requests from worldwide
Remarkable Vets was produced by the Queenstown and
Auckland based company Great Southern Film and Television and
documents vet Geoff Woodhouse and team as they established a
new half-domestic and half-rural veterinary practice in
Arrowtown, caring for everything from cats and dogs to
alpacas, bison, horses and goats.
The first series of 10 episodes of 25 minutes was filmed on
location in the summer of 2004-05 and the second series in
the summer of 2005-06.
Staff become household names and cases often tugged the
heartstrings, such as Achilles, a stray kitten unable to use
his hind legs due to an abscess on his spine.
His recovery was charted throughout the series.
The programme has become a time capsule of the Wakatipu
community almost 10 years ago.
Many residents were captured on camera bringing in their ill
animals for consultation.
Remarkable Vets was broadcast in New Zealand and Australia
and won fans further afield when it was bought by the
National Geographic Channel in mid-2007.
''It's a wonderful snapshot of a quite unique time,'' vet
Nicky Viggers said.
''Geoff was setting up a vet practice, which is quite a brave
thing to do, and it feels like we've been here forever now,
from having one staff member and one clinic to 10 staff and
Drs Woodhouse and Viggers said the practice had been
inundated with inquiries from fans who visited while
holidaying in Queenstown, or contacted them from overseas, to
ask when the series would be available on DVD.
After six months of securing the rights and producing 100
copies of the DVD, with 100 more produced this week, both
series of Remarkable Vets are now available for sale
or order, for $20 each, from Remarkable Vets clinics on
Malaghans and Gorge Rds, Dorothy Brown's Cinema, Arrowtown,
and Mooch, Remarkables Park Town Centre.
A third series has been discussed with executive producer
Philip Smith and was ''under consideration'', Dr Woodhouse
''Everything's about timing, so we'll see when the window of
opportunity opens again.''