A MURDOCH University vet will star in hit television program, Bondi Vet.
Dr Peter Ricci, who works as an emergency and critical care vet at Murdoch’s Animal Hospital and Perth Zoo, was one of four chosen to replace Chris Brown as the face of the show.
Dr Ricci will be joined by Dr Alex Hynes (Queensland), Dr Danni Dusek (Victoria) and Dr Lewis Hunt (New South Wales), with the quartet picked from a pool of more than a thousand entrants.
Dr Ricci said he was “ecstatic” with the news.
“I think I’m just looking forward to telling a few stories,” he said after the announcement.
“There’s some cool stuff that happens where I work and we don’t get to tell those stories to everyone and now we do so I’m really looking forward to sharing that with everyone.
“It’s going to be exciting.”
Dr Ricci said he had grown up wanting to be a vet.
“I always had the passion,” he said.
“I grew up around animals, my family are animal mad and we love animals.
“It was something worth doing the work for and working hard to achieve.”
Professor Peter Irwin, Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Murdoch University, said Dr Ricci was a wonderful veterinarian whose passion was obvious.
“Pete is one of the many outstanding veterinarians we have at the Animal Hospital and is an inspiring educator of our veterinary students,” he said.
“We are thrilled for Pete on this well-deserved opportunity and look forward to watching him share his veterinary expertise and infectious personality with the nation and even the world.”