Animal Academy

Sunday 17 August, 8.00pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a brand new family television series for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer and Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire, Animal Academy screens on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6 on Sundays at 8pm.

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million felines, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. New Zealanders spend millions of dollars every year feeding and caring for their animals. Most people own an animal or two; they are considered part of the family bringing fun and joy to our lives.
This week, Animal Academy hosts Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire meet Miss Bear the Chow Chow – the only dog with a black tongue. They also talk to Penguin Ranger Jo Rapley and meet Jody Burgess, who shows off his ranch of over 400 parrots. Pet vet Deborah performs a C-Section which brings nine little corgi pups into the world and Jeremy gets to see a sperm whale, a pod of orca and a humpback whale, all in one day.

Sundays and Saturdays, 10 August, 8.00pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a new family television series for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer and Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire, Animal Academy screens on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6 on Sundays at 8pm.

New Zealand is a country of animal lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million cats, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. New Zealanders spend millions of dollars every year feeding and caring for their animals. Most people own an animal or two; they are considered part of the family bringing fun and joy to our lives.
This week, Sarah Ulmer and Jeremy Maguire make friends with Marine and Biscuit, two lovable sausage dogs and they also meet the O’Rourke brothers, a family of taxidermists. Animal Academy goes behind the scenes at a cat show with Gail Warwick, who is showing one of the world’s oldest breeds of cat, the abyssinian. Vet Deborah diagnoses a dog with cystitis and Jeremy goes diving in search of the elusive moray eel.

Sundays and Saturdays at 8pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a new family television series for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer and Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire, Animal Academy screens on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6 on Sundays at 8pm.

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million felines, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. New Zealanders spend millions of dollars every year feeding and caring for their animals. Most people own an animal or two; they are considered part of the family bringing fun and joy to our lives.
This week on Animal Academy Sarah Ulmer gets to hang out with her favourite breed of dog as she and Jeremy meet boxers Carter and CJ. Canine Operations Officer Courtney Moore and Beagle Kelso sniff out security breeches at Auckland International Airport and Bug Expert Brian Lawton shows us his collection – from Avondale Spiders to lively lizards. Plus Resident Vet Deborah talks about arthritis, a common problem for dogs and Jeremy meets a feisty old dinosaur – 110 year old Henry the Tuatara.

Sunday 27 July at 8pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a brand new family television series for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer and Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire, Animal Academy screens on TVNZ 6 Family on Sundays at 8pm.

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million felines, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. New Zealanders spend millions of dollars every year feeding and caring for their animals. Most people own an animal or two; they are considered part of the family bringing fun and joy to our lives.
Each episode of Animal Academy brings together and reflects on New Zealand’s huge array of animal life. Vets and pets, tame and wild; from working with animals daily to rare encounters – Animal Academy has something for everyone.

In tonight’s episode, Sarah and Jeremy and Paris the cocker spaniel present meet Krista Johnson who runs Barkley Manor, New Zealand’s premiere doggy day care centre; Peter Hooper who has a herd of rabbits; resident vet Deborah performs a dog dental check and Jeremy gets short man complex next to the world’s tallest animal – the Giraffe.

Starts Sunday 13 July at 8pm

TVNZ Family is delighted to bring New Zealanders a brand new family television series for people passionate about animals – Animal Academy. Hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Sarah Ulmer and Willowbank Wildlife Park Head Ranger Jeremy Maguire, Animal Academy debuts on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6 on Sunday 13 July at 8pm.

New Zealand is a country of Animal Lovers. With nearly 800,000 dogs and 1.5 million felines, we have one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world. New Zealanders spend millions of dollars every year feeding and caring for their animals. Most people own an animal or two; they are considered part of the family bringing fun and joy to our lives.
Each episode of Animal Academy brings together and reflects on New Zealand’s huge array of animal life. Vets and pets, tame and wild; from working with animals daily to rare encounters – Animal Academy has something for everyone.

In her first television hosting role, Sarah Ulmer is delighted to be working with animals. She has always been an animal lover.

“My first family pet was Gideon the German shepherd and Gizmo our adorable family cat. Then there were brother and sister boxers, Georgie and Churchill and now my boxer Scoobie, who is 8 months old.

“Scoobie is my favourite animal. He’s full of personality – he’s almost human like sometimes. He’s just so much fun to hang out with.”

Co-host Jeremy Maguire always knew he’d do something outdoors. When he saw the ad for Willowbank Park Warden in the paper, he knew that was the job for him, having always been an avid animal lover.

“I started off with guinea pigs, rabbits and goldfish, graduated to a dog called Finn – a terrier. Finn is still around at 11 years old, and he’s best friends with my own dog Fyffe. I have a few tropical fish – which are dwindling in numbers. But of course I have a massive collection of animals at work. My animals are more varied than anyone’s!”

Animal Academy profiles New Zealand’s most extraordinary animal lovers – Bug man Brian Lawton keeps red backed spiders at home, Ohau has a dance class for dogs, Jonathon Smith sleeps with a 200 kilo wild boar, and Gay Silby breeds cats with no hair. This show celebrates New Zealanders’ passion for animals of all shapes and sizes.

We pay tribute to those who dedicate their lives to working with animals. Bird Rescuer Dawne Morton works through the night to save hundreds of bird’s lives; Krista Johnson, owner of Barkley Manor runs and up market day care for dogs; and Michael Beaumont researches humane methods of controlling our 70,000,000 possum problem.

Animal Academy takes you into a vet’s clinic and behind its surgery doors, guided by the deft hand of our resident vet Deborah Simpson. Watch as she delivers C-section puppies, performs a hip operation and removes a kitten’s paralysed leg, as well as the more ordinary procedures of dental checks, infections and spaying.

We get up close and personal with Jeremy Maguire as he comes face to face with some of this country’s most exceptional animals. From a 110 year old Tuatara to a Sperm Whale, from hand feeding a stingray to sledding with Malamute dogs – we take you there.

Animal Academy uncovers the special relationship we have with man’s best friends – animals, and it’s only on Sundays and Saturdays at 8pm on TVNZ Family on TVNZ 6.