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Animal Clinic

Animal Clinic

Over the past year, we followed the extraordinary work at Ireland's largest animal charity, the Dublin SPCA. In this new series, the challenging work continues for the staff at the clinic, as they care for all creatures, great and small. Out on the road, the team of rescue workers go to the aid of animals in distress.

Being the biggest animal charity in the country brings with it a heavy work load. There's a constant stream of cases at the Rathfarnham based shelter. They deal with every kind of animal, not just cats and dogs, and there's a huge variety of creatures needing attention. As the charity continuously grows, so does the number of patients they treat and they take care of thousands of animals every year.

Series 3: Episodes

Episode 1

On this first episode of the series, Inspector Tony McGovern calls for help from a drain company with special cameras, when a cat disappears into a small gap between two houses. Spanish Vet Natalia takes on the task of feeding two baby seagulls until they're ready to fly. But it proves to be quite an undertaking. And, a cat is stuck up a tree for a week so Lisa calls in the help of the Fire Brigade.

Episode 2

A squirrel is running amok in a book store and staff call in the help of the DSPCA. But Lisa and Gillian are faced with a dilemma when they catch it.

The shelter is overwhelmed with litters of kittens being handed in during what seems to be a feline baby boom.

And inspectors Tony and Liam face a battle against time to save a horse from drowning. A loose horse falls into a stream and it's life hangs in the balance as they struggle to get it out in time.

Episode 3

International media descend on the shelter as news spreads around the world of Ireland's neglected horses. Tony takes a Middle Eastern TV crew to see some of the worst cases.

A report comes in about a dog being kept in a wooden box and Gillian goes to talk to the owner.

Kitten season continues as staff member Barbara takes a bunch of kittens home, but doesn't get much sleep as a result.

Episode 4

A concerned animal lover reported crows trapped in cages by a lake and Gillian tries to get to the bottom of why they're locked up.

Liam brings in a puppy who had some amateur surgery inflicted on it when someone tried to dock its tail with some fishing line.

And Cruelty Inspectors Tony and Liam set up a covert operation to help badgers who are being illegally hunted for sport. Reports suggest badgers are being killed by a gang of men with dogs, who put bets on the numbers they kill. Hidden cameras are installed to catch the perpetrators.

Episode 5

Vet Natalia works late to x-ray a cat who has a broken pelvis after being hit by a car. It's touch and go for the cat, who may not survive.

Lisa gets into a tricky situation with a swan when she has to go and rescue the stubborn bird from a warehouse water pond. After a long struggle she gets a bit of a soaking.

Liam and Gillian rescue a horse that was ridden into a fence. Its injuries are serious and it's a race against time to get the horse treatment.

Episode 6

There's a constant stream of cases at the Rathfarnham based shelter. They deal with every kind of animal, not just cats and dogs, and there's a huge variety of creatures needing attention. As the charity continuously grows, so does the number of patients they treat and they take care of thousands of animals every year.

Animal Clinic
  • RTÉ One, Thursday 7:00pm