Lights, camera, action.
Veterinary medicine will be in the public spotlight sometime in 2015 when the American Association of Feline Practitioners and a Colorado hospital are featured on the television series “Innovations with Ed Begley Jr.”
The Discovery Channel show, hosted by actor Ed Begley Jr., focuses on cutting-edge advancements in areas such as health, wellness, business and renewable energy, according to its creator, DMG Productions.
Air dates have not been announced for the episodes starring AAFP and Peak Veterinary Specialists & Emergency in Windsor, Colo. AAFP will show up in mid-2015 and Peak in the second quarter.
Filming has yet to start, series producer Ryann Watkin said.
The AAFP episode will inform viewers about how the Hillsborough, N.J., organization works to advance the field of feline care. AAFP’s Cat Friendly Practice program, which helps clinics better serve feline patients and which certifies qualifying hospitals, will draw attention, too.
“Our participation in the ‘Innovations’ series will allow us to showcase how our members and the association are positively impacting and improving the quality of care for cats,” said AAFP President Susan Little, DVM, Dipl. ABVP.
The “green” features employed at Peak Veterinary Specialists are among the attributes that attracted the attention of “Innovations” and Begley, an environmental activist. According to its website, some of Peak’s environmentally friendly policies are offsetting energy usage through wind power, recycling all paper, metals, glass and plastics, using biodegradable, nontoxic cleaners and soaps, and installing compact florescent bulbs and low-flow faucet aerators.
The hospital’s specialty and emergency care will be a focus as well.
“[Peak] is a state-of-the-art animal hospital with a variety of specialty and emergency doctors who are all very excited about educating the region on our specialties and services,” said the hospital’s president, Jennifer Pearson, DVM, MS.
The hospital is open around the clock and offers services in areas such as internal medicine, surgery, oncology, dentistry, emergency and critical care, anesthesia and cardiology.