Meet The Team

Lara and Dynamite Darcy posing in front of trees

Lara Shannon – Executive Producer & Host

A certified dog trainer, behaviourist and pet food nutritionist, Lara created and is the Executive Producer and Host of Pooches at Play on Channel 10 and editor of Poochesatplay.com

For over 20 years, Lara has worked in the media as a Presenter, Producer and Writer, as well as in PR and marketing roles with a strong focus on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has been the spokesperson for organisations including the World Wide Fund for Nature, Planet Ark, Keep Australia Beautiful and is currently the Ambassador for Second Chance Animal Rescue.

Early in her career, Lara’s guest appearances on Australian Children’s TV shows Cheez TVSaturday Disney and Totally Wild helped teach many children about wildlife and the environment in a fun and engaging way.

In August 2015, Lara’s debut documentary Ecochick Adventures: The Trans Borneo Challenge aired on Channel 9, documenting her 2000+km journey across Indonesia Borneo to raise awareness of the plight of the Orangutan.

In addition to Pooches at Play, Lara can be seen regularly on Studio 10 and presenting at many pet expos, seminars and events throughout the year with the cheeky ‘Dynamite Darcy’ by her side.

Lara’s book EAT, PLAY, LOVE your dog will be released in Australia 1 June 2020 and 1 August  in the US and UK by Hardie Grant Publishing.


Morgan, Dynamite Darcy, and another pooch posing on a couch

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.

Melissa Meehan and two dogs posing on a couch

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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