CBBC orders second series of Junior Vets from True North

10th August

Junior Vets

Production to return to Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh for 10 x 30 minute episodes

True North, the UK’s fastest growing indie outside London, is pleased to announce commencement of production on a second series of Junior Vets, the Factual Entertainment series for CBBC. Following a popular first run in January 2013, filming will return to the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh over the summer of 2013, as six more young volunteers compete for the title of Head Vet.

This unique series sees young school children complete hands-on tasks and procedures usually reserved for experienced University students and fully trained vets. Each day, the children will be asked to deal with real life situations, with the welfare of injured and ill pets, wildlife and zoo animals at stake.

The True North team targeted schools the length and breadth of Britain and has been inundated with over 1,500 applicants. The team is now engaged in the rigorous process of casting the six lucky 11-14 year olds who will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity of training and working at Edinburgh’s world renowned, cutting-edge vet school.

Meanwhile, Alex Riley has been chosen to take over presenting duties for series two, bringing with him a new dimension to the series. He may, at times, be a little mischievous, but when things get emotional, Alex will be a friendly, caring and protective face who will keep his Junior Vets buoyed and focused on their important work.

Already known for its specialist factual, factual entertainment and structured reality expertise, a second series of Junior Vets builds on two series of Dick and Dom Go Wild to further consolidate True North’s children’s television credentials.

Jess Fowle, Creative Director at True North and Executive Producer for Junior Vets, said: “The series is about so much more than producing six budding young vets; it’s about helping an incredibly diverse cross-section of kids to discover new stuff about animals and – even more importantly – about themselves and what they’re capable of. A huge part of the show’s success is in the casting, and with 1,500 applications to consider we’re on track to find an exceptional bunch of kids for this amazing experience.”

Kez Margrie, Executive Producer at CBBC, added: “We’re thrilled to have commissioned another series of this ground-breaking show.  Not only do six lucky kids get the experience of a lifetime but it’s also a chance for our viewers to see behind the scenes of what it takes to help make poorly animals better.  And with our immensely popular Junior Vets online game, the whole CBBC audience will have the chance to get hands-on and fix all sorts of animals in need.

Junior Vets Series 2 will be Series Produced by Mark McMullen and Executive Produced by Jess Fowle for True North and Kez Margrie for CBBC.

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