'Take 5’ With TV Personality Rory the Vet!
Spotted on the red carpet at the prestigious SuperDog Awards in early November, Rory the Vet, aka Rory Cowlam, is a veterinary surgeon, writer and TV personality who burst onto our screens through the CBBC documentary series The Pets Factor. He is also the co-founder of a new app called VidiVet.
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His answers to our Doglife360 ‘Take Five’ questionnaire offer a snapshot of what it's like to be Rory The Vet ...
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I have always wanted to be a vet ever since I was 4 years old! It all started when we got our first dog as a family and took her for her puppy health check. From that moment on I knew I would become a vet!
When did you notice your passion for animals?
Even before we got Lulu (the dog), I was already a complete animal lover. I loved our cats and I spent as much time investigating the natural world as possible!
What made you want to become a vet?
I always massively looked up to our vet, Mr Benson. He has been our family vet for the last 25 years. I have always been intrigued by the natural world and loved animals so for me it was a complete no brainer!
Have you always had dogs?
Ever since I was 4 years old my family have had dogs. We actually always had Great Danes interspersed with a Jack Russell and a rescue crossbreed. I now live with my girlfriend Rhianna and we got an RSPCA rescue lurcher called Nala last year. She is the first of many I'm sure!
Do you get attached to the animals that come through your door as patients?
Sometimes this is incredibly hard. I think it is our duty as a vet to support people. It can be really tricky to find the balance between building a genuine relationship with our clients and patients and being professional. Luckily for me, I have great clients that really enjoy my “heart on sleeve” approach and I do really love a lot of my patients.
What advice would you give to those thinking about becoming a vet?
If you love animals, there are few better jobs on the planet. Yes it might not be quite what you expect, yes you will have to work hard and yes it's tough at times but it is a wonderful profession filled with amazing people.
How did you get into TV work?
I pretty much fell into it! I had started building a bit of a social media following to try and help educate people on animal welfare and good animal husbandry. It all started from there really. One of my best friends ended up applying for me to the production company behind The Pets Factor and we started filming in 2017!
What do you think makes dogs special?
They are everything good in the world rolled into one. They are always happy to see you, they bring you joy, they help reduce anxieties and they are incredibly, incredibly cute.
What's the funniest dog-related moment you have had professionally and personally?
Nala makes me laugh every day and I have so many stories of dog silliness. My favourite has to be from when I was a young teenager though. I was a little obsessed with my x-box. Gaming was a big thing for me but I was put off slightly when I came home from school one day and found our new Great Dane puppy had gone and layed a Mr whippy-esque dump right on top of my controller! Not funny at the time, but an image that will live with me forever! Hah!
Use Code HOHOHO20, when buying your tickets to Dogfest Christmas to stand a chance of winning a copy of Rory's book “The Secret Life of a Vet” about his life growing up, his passion for animals and also the mental health aspect of being a vet.