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Thurso vets are put to the test again in popular TV show

By Jean Gunn

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Dixie the hen arrives at the Thurso vet practice with a severe case of bumblefoot. Picture Daisybeck Studios/MCG
Dixie the hen arrives at the Thurso vet practice with a severe case of bumblefoot. Picture Daisybeck Studios/MCG

In the penultimate episode in the latest series of The Highland Vet a number of tough decisions need to be made.

The popular series follows the dedicated team at the Thurso base of DS McGregor & Partners.

In tomorrow night's programme vet David Mackay travels out to a small holding where New Zealand Kunekune pig Gregor needs a procedure to make him a safer suitor to the farm’s four sows. His impressively long, curved tusks are great weapons in the wild but present a danger to his potential mates and owner Fiona.

Tough decisions need to be made in the small animal wing of the practice when 11-month-old tabby cat Amie faces surgery after being discovered with a serious leg injury. When vet Eilidh Macdonald discovers the injury is beyond repair, a way forward must be agreed with her distraught owner.

Practice director Guy Gordon faces up to the one of the most severe case of bumblefoot he has ever tackled when patient Dixie the hen arrives at the practice. When he discovers necrosis has set in, the nasty bone infection becomes potentially life threatening with the chances of Dixie making a full recovering getting slimmer by the minute.

And Shondie Maclean decides to use unorthodox kit in order to limit the risks when she attempts to remove a troublesome lump from the trickiest of positions. Eight-year-old golden retriever Sky has a growth on her eyelid and soon discovers what can be seen on the outside is only the tip of the iceberg.

Daisybeck Studios, the Leeds-based production company behind the show, will find out later this week if they have been successful in a Yorkshire programme awards ceremony.

The show has been shortlisted in the best low cost factual series category along with Bangers & Cash and 999 Rescue Squad both on UKTV. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday (September 30).

The Highland Vet can be viewed on 5Select on Monday at 9pm. It can also be watched on My5 catch up.

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