By James Hibberd
Updated May 24, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Hope JoAnna Garcia likes working with monkeys. The actress has been cast in the female lead role in NBC’s Animal Practice (taking over a part from Amy Huberman, who appeared in the show’s pilot).

The comedy stars Justin Kirk as a veterinarian working for his former girlfriend (Garcia), who runs an animal hospital. Garcia was a regular on The CW’s Privileged and ABC’s Better With You, and had recent arcs on The CW’s Gossip Girl and USA’s Royal Pains.

Have you seen NBC’s Animal Practice trailer yet? Check it out, along with the rest of the fall TV trailers, here.