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Scottish Vets Down Under.

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A new 12-part BBC Scotland series charts the lives of Scottish best friends plying their trade as vets in rural Australia. From their base in Bendigo, Victoria, Dr Chris Allison specialises in small animals and Dr Mike Whiteford runs an equine hospital. The opening episode sees a wildlife rescue volunteer show up with "a wee budgie".

I have a feeling there's a twist.

Correct. The so-called budgie is, in fact, Australia's largest bird of prey: the wedge-tailed eagle. The raptor has been found sitting in an open field unable to fly and with no obvious signs of injury. Time is of the essence to find out why.

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Not all cuddly koalas then?

Nope. Although there are koalas. Our dynamic duo visits Kyabram Fauna Park to find out more about the grave health concerns facing this tree-dwelling marsupial.

Such as?

Chlamydia. The disease has decimated the koala population.

I won't be cuddling any koalas. What else?

With more than 350 mammal species native to Australia, the vets are kept on their toes, treating everything from lizards to emu chicks, wombats, a young crocodile and a newborn colt with a hernia.

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When can I watch?

Scottish Vets Down Under begins on Monday, BBC Scotland, 8pm.