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[[caption-width-right:300:Who's a good vet? YOU are!]]

While humans have to deal with DrJerk and suffer under the DepravedDentist, animals are often much luckier. When the beloved TeamPet gets ill or [[KickTheDog kicked]], his owners will waste no time getting him to a veterinarian who will go the extra mile to make sure that [[AndYourLittleDogToo your little dog]] comes out A-okay. When not a FriendToAllLivingThings, even a vet cast as frightening ([[HumansAreCthulhu usually from the animal's point of view]]) turns out [[CruelToBeKind to be just doing his job]]. In other times, animals in fiction have this uncanny ability to understand that this human is trying to help them, not that they appreciate getting shots in any case.

Not to be confused with [[OfficerAndAGentleman kindly]] [[OldSoldier war veterans]].

!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals All the Nurse Joys]] in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime.
* The vet in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' where Sakaki and Chiyo take the injured cat.
** Sakaki herself is on her way to being one, having been accepted to a veterinary college.
* Subverted with Seishiro Sakurazuka in CLAMP's ''TokyoBabylon'', who is a ruthless assassin under the kindly vet fašade.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Ran suspects her mother of infidelity and tails her as she meets with a handsome-looking man; Conan deduces that he's a vet and shouts this out moments before Ran opens a can of whoopass on him.
* Poor [[ChisSweetHome Chi]] had a dreadful time at her first vet appointment. Didn't help that she had no idea where she was and what to expect (which was having her eyes and ears checked and then having her temperature taken... non-orally), which lead to a short grudge against Mr. Yamada afterwards.
* The first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' had kindly vet Ai Makihara who was willing to treat even strange ferret boys that get sent her way.
* Mai Kawasumi of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' dreams to become one in the future.
* Inori Yamabuki/Cure Pine from ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' is a daughter of one and becoming one is one of her goals in life. To compound to this, she later gains the ability to [[SpeaksFluentAnimal speak with animals]].
* The vet from ''Shiwase Apartments' Okojo-san'' may be an ermine-obsessed [[CloudCuckoolander kook]], but he's still good at his job and cares for all the animals he sees. It's just that he cares ''the most'' for Kojopi/Okojo-san.
** This is also one of the few shows that actually has a veterinary nurse/technician frequently assisting the vet, as is the case in real life. The nurse is also shown to be quite caring and good at her job, on top of being much more sane than her boss.

[[AC:{{Comic Books}}]]
* In ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', [[BigBad Dr. Robotnik]]'s MirrorUniverse counterpart, Dr. Ivo Kintobor, is a kind-hearted, pacifistic medical doctor who runs a veterinarian clinic to look after the victims of the [[ThePsychoRangers Suppression Squad]].

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''Film/DrDolittle'' becomes this with the added bonus of being able to talk to the animals. It doesn't always help.
* There's a kindly vet in ''Georgia Rule'', too. So kindly, he's the only one who can resist sleeping with Lindsay Lohan. It makes sense in context. Sorta.
* The eponymous hero of ''Film/CorkyRomano'' probably qualifies in personality, although in some cases the pets might have been less fortunate in regard to practice.
* Averted in the first ''Film/{{Beethoven}}'', with an evil vet as the villain.
* In ''RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'', Lisa was introduced as a kind vet.
* The ''Film/{{Garfield}}'' film adaptation and its sequel also has Liz, who checks everyone's favorite orange cat's health and begs Jon to take care of a certain puppy called Odie. Creator/JenniferLoveHewitt portrays her in the sweetest way as possible.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Creator/JamesHerriot from ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall''. Also in RealLife, as his stories are based in nonfiction. Colleagues Siegfried and Tristan are also as kind as possible to patients. Though all three of them, especially Tristan, have a limit to how much crap they'll put up with from a particularly uncooperative animal...
* Taken to the logical extreme in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Before Dr. Mossy Lawn appeared, ''your'' best bet to get cured by a human in Ankh-Morpork was Doughnut Jimmy, a horse doctor. After all, doctors get paid whether or not their patients died. Horse doctors, however, are paid to get results since their patients are thousands of dollars worth of investments whose owners may want to have [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a word]] with you in the backalleys if they keeled over under your care.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/HaveSpaceSuitWillTravel'', Kip finds himself treated by an alien doctor, rather, alien KindlyVet, as humans are considered animals by the aliens.
** In his novel ''Literature/JobAComedyOfJustice'', Alexander Hergensheimer's fate is to be decided by a being who is above God and Satan. Alex is rather scared to be brought before this being, so the being uses Alex's memories of bringing his dog to a KindlyVet, with Alex as the dog.
* Dr. Aybolit from the Russian poem ''Aybolit'' and its multiple adaptations is the epitome of this trope.
* ''Literature/DoctorDolittle'', in the original book series.
* Jim Keene from DeanKoontz's ''Watchers'' saves the intelligent dog Einstein from distemper and is happy to help disguise Einstein's origins and not inform the authorities of his whereabouts after learning the truth about why they are hunting him.
* In ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'', Greg gets his finger bitten by a piglet the family won in a contest during a road trip. The family's only option for quick treatment is a veterinarian. The vet is friendly and professional and quickly figures out that Greg will be fine since the pig didn't break the skin. She simply applies some antibiotics before giving him a clean bill of health. Greg was so satisfied with the experience that he seriously considers switching over to vets for all of his medical needs in the future.

[[AC:{{Live Action TV}}]]
* Kakeru Shishi/Gao Red from ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' started out as a veterinarian, and continued to be that way once his day as a Ranger is over. His Franchise/PowerRangers counterpart, [[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Cole Evans]], wasn't one at first, but it is implied that once the series ends, he took up a job as a veterinarian.
* Subverted in ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', with a transparent {{Expy}} of James Herriot who couldn't be more kindly but turns every attempt at treating an animal into a gruesome and usually fatal EpicFail. Eventually revealed to be the result of an ancient curse on his ancestor.

[[AC:NewspaperComics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} dreads his visits to Liz the vet, usually for no good reason as Liz does her job fine even as Jon hits on her. Recently, Liz finally started dating Jon.
** Liz may be good at her job and treat Garfield kindly, but he still hates being told to lose weight or get shots.
* The vet in ''FootrotFlats'' is usually depicted as kind and good at as his job, if a little rough around the edges (as country vets are wont to be).

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* The ''PokÚmon'' games have the same Nurse Joys as the anime, but ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' takes it a step further by having doctors and nurses actually standing on some routes and dungeons. What does a doctor do in the middle of a desert with a never-stopping sandstorm? Why, he takes care of people's {{Mons}}, of course!
* [[TeamMom Katjaa]] from ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' was a vet. Keyword: "'''[[ZombieApocalypse was]]'''".

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* Dr. Winston Thurmad of ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}},'' who saves Florence's life during the "Canine in the Water" story arc.
--> [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff400/fv00360.htm Florence listening to Winston and thinking]]: "Using a soothing tone of voice doesn't help much if the patient understands what you're saying."

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* When Santa's Little Helper gets ill, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' take him to a vet whom they find trying to resuscitate a hamster. He fails, and laments that ItNeverGetsAnyEasier... before flicking it into a basketball-netted trashcan. He manages to help SLH, though.
** Which doesn't stop them being a little dubious when he turns up in a later episode as Homer's doctor...
* In the original 1985 {{Pound Puppies}} special the veterinarian whom the pound puppies The Doc was the only kind worker in the pound. Cooler even says "She's one of us."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' sequels, Rob becomes one.
* Averted with Doctor Applecheeks from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTheMovie'', who not only kidnaps animals, tortures them, and sells them for money, but also has a tendency to stalk ice cream trucks as well.
* The vet in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' couldn't do anything to help Spike, but she was nice to him.
** Fluttershy also gives medical care to animals. On top of which she represents the element of Kindness, so this trope was inevitable for her.
* In one episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Braceface}}'', Sharon did work experience at an animal hospital and broke down in tears when a rabbit she tried to help save didn't make it.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Obviously, Creator/JamesHerriot and any of his competent colleagues.
* In a variant, Anthony Guglielmo is a masseur who developed a sideline giving massage therapy to various animals like penguins, walruses, horses, dolphins etc. Typically, once the animals understand what he is doing to their bodies, they are the first to rush over to this human on sight who makes them feels so good for more.
* A regular fixture on Australian tv these days. Dr. Harry Cooper is perhaps the best-known, having appeared in numerous lifestyle shows over the years and his own series, ''Harry's Practice''. Fellow tv vets Katrina Warren (now a presenter on Animal Planet) and Chris Brown (''Bondi Vet'') got their start in television with Dr. Harry.
* ''The Incredible Dr.Pol'' on Nat Geo Wild channel in the US. He runs a mixed animal practice up in the state of Michigan. (Do not bring him up with anyone who works in the veterinary industry. He is controversial, to say the least.)

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