‘If this was a human…’: Pets, vets and medicine

Mills, Brett (2016) ‘If this was a human…’: Pets, vets and medicine. Critical Studies in Television, 11 (2). pp. 244-256. ISSN 1749-6020

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The television documentary series The Supervet (Channel 4, 2014–) follows the eponymous Noel Fitzpatrick as he carries out experimental surgery on animals seemingly beyond help. This article examines the series in order to explore how this programme depicts animal medicine. Drawing on animal studies approaches, it argues that the programme foregrounds the humans rather than the animals, and, in its focus on surgery, legitimizes humans’ dominance of other species. In doing so, it argues that television’s representational strategies struggle with offering depictions that are not human centred.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: television,animals,vets,biopower,medicine,animal studies,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 11:00
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 09:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/59104
DOI: 10.1177/1749602016642935


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