Harry Cooper (veterinarian)

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Harry Leonard Cooper
Born (1943-02-20) 20 February 1943 (age 74)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Other names Dr. Harry
Occupation veterinary surgeon, television personality
Known for Talk to the Animals, Harry's Practice, Better Homes and Gardens

Harry Leonard Cooper, OAM (born 20 February 1943), is an Australian veterinarian and television personality who is best known for his media appearances.


Cooper graduated with second class honours from Sydney University’s Faculty of Veterinary Science in December 1965 aged 21.[1] He practised for several years across Sydney and the UK before his burgeoning media career became a full-time commitment. Cooper began his media career in a veterinary segment on a morning television talk show in Sydney. Later he became known as the resident veterinary surgeon on the long-running series Burke's Backyard. In 1993 he hosted his first series, Talk to the Animals, and then in 1997, the veterinary series Harry's Practice, which was cancelled in 2003 despite consistently high ratings. Cooper currently presents a veterinary segment on the lifestyle program Better Homes and Gardens. He is also an animal welfare advocate and public speaker.

Personal life[edit]

It was revealed that Cooper had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2007; after more than six months of treatment, he is in remission and continuing his work role on TV.

Cooper believes Australia should become a republic.[2]

In March 2012, he revealed that he had split from his wife of 26 years.[3] Cooper has three children and five grandchildren.


  1. ^ "Dr Harry". yahoo.com. 
  2. ^ IAN PATTIE (26 September 1999). "Harry's identity crisis". The Examiner. 
  3. ^ heraldsun.com.au

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