Meet the team

Dr Melissa Meehan

Dr Melissa Meehan graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with honours in 2002 and commenced her career in a mixed practice in the Yarra Valley. Melissa has presented on pet multimedia productions, co-hosted on radio and produced and hosted her own pet show Vanity Pets for which she received an Antenna award for Best Female Presenter. Soon after Melissa became resident vet reporter for the Nine Network’s Talk to the Animals and then Channel 7’s Guide to the Good Life.

In 2008 Melissa became a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists through examination in Small Animal Medicine. Today Melissa owns a busy veterinary ophthalmology consulting business working closely with the RSPCA and many other Melbourne veterinary clinics. Melissa’s rescue dogs Mia and Monty can often be seen accompanying her at work – one of the perks of being a vet!.

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Morgan Burrett – Co-host

Joining the team for the Series 4 travel special, Morgan brings his passion and experience of being the TV Host of The Travel Bug.

As host of The Travel Bug he has hosted 63 x 1 hour episodes of the series that has aired on the 10 and 7 Networks and is still broadcasting in over 100 countries and 20 airlines.

Growing up, Morgan spent his early years on a horse farm on the North Island of New Zealand which inspired his love of animals and the outdoors. This passion has continued after moving to Sydney, where he spends his free time hiking, camping, playing rugby and basically doing anything he can to stay active and loves nothing better than to fish and sail in his spare time.

As an experienced cameraman as well as TV Presenter, Morgan travels around the world and loves meeting new people along the way and all the new experiences that travel offers.

Joining the team for the pet-friendly travel special in Series 4 will allow Morgan to combine his passion for travel and outdoor with his love of animals and the Australia landscape.

Lara Shannon – Executive Producer & Host

A passionate animal welfare advocate, Lara has been a regular on Australian and TV stations for the past two decades.

After completing a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers’ Federation, Lara created and is the Executive Producer and Co-Host of Pooches at Play that airs nationally on the TEN Network, and is the Editor of

Early in her career, Lara’s guest appearances on Australian Children’s TV shows Cheez TV, Saturday Disney and Totally Wild helped teach many children about wildlife and the environment in a fun and engaging way; whilst her debut documentary, Ecochick Adventures: The Trans Borneo Challenge, aired nationally on Channel 9 in 2015 – documenting her 2000+km journey across Indonesia Borneo to raise awareness of the plight of the Orangutan,

Lara has a been a media Ambassador for organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature, Planet Ark, Keep Australia Beautiful, The Orangutan Project, and is now the Ambassador for Second Chance Animal Rescue.

In between her Pooches at Play commitments, Lara also runs her own local dog training and minding business in Melbourne.

Never far from her side is the cheeky ‘Dynamite Darcy’, who has embraced his canine co-host position at Pooches at Play with great gusto! 

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