Canaries to clydesdales

Canada, 1977

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A view of the practice of veterinary partners working in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Thirty thousand miles of house calls a year is routine for these two country veterinarians whose patients include just about any creature that hops, trots, swims or flies. This film follows Doctors Vic Demetrick and Reg Maidment through the daily rounds that take them from sterile clinic to farm paddock. The devoted vets obviously relish their work. They display an enormous warmth and respect for each other, their animal patients, and their human clients. “Canaries to Clydesdales” shows that it takes compassion, commitment, and a strong dose of humour to succeed in this profession. After seeing this veterinary team at work, the career-minded will have the personal insight to evaluate their own qualifications. Awards: New York; Birmingham



John Taylor

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National Film Board of Canada



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Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - United States - New York - Awards

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Career education

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Professions

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Veterinary services

Animals & Wildlife → Animal welfare

Animals & Wildlife → Animals

Animals & Wildlife → Animals, Treatment of

Animals & Wildlife → Veterinary medicine

Animals & Wildlife → Veterinary services

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → British Columbia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Canada - Social life and customs


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Career education

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Veterinary medicine

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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