DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET Coming to Nat Geo WILD, 4/12
In the frozen Yukon Territory in Northern Canada, you've got to be hearty and tough. You've got to expect solitude across frigid, remote landscapes with freezing temperatures, but even in the desolate wilderness you need a vet to help your ailing wiener dog.
Enter Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet. A new series premiering April 12, at 9 pm ET/PT on NAT GEO WILD following the network's #1 series Dr. Pol, that follows the experienced Dr. Michelle Oakley, veterinarian, as she makes house calls across thousands of square miles in the Yukon 3/4 helping many species of animals, including an angry muskox, a caribou with a tumor, a defensive mama lynx, and a grey owl with an amputated wing. Accompanied by her teenage daughters and armed with humor as sharp as a scalpel, Dr. Oakley deftly juggles being a full-time veterinarian, wife and mom while taking us into the isolated regions of the Yukon. Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet premieres globally in July.
She operates her small veterinarian clinic out of her home in Haines Junction with her husband, Shane, and their three daughters, Sierra, Willow and Maya. But that's just her day job! She also runs a satellite clinic in Haines, Alaska with the American Bald Eagle Foundation and is an on-call vet for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the area's domestic animal clinic.
On a "typical" day, the amazing vet could drive 300 miles through the snow for a patient. Some of her clients live "off the grid" and sometimes without commercial power, so teaching pet owners how to be self-reliant is important. Throughout the season, we'll watch Dr. Oakley pull out over 300 porcupine quills from a sled dog, wrangle wild horses from a helicopter, check to see if a cow (who hasn't been producing milk) is pregnant, examine eaglets with injured legs, and help a yak with eye problems. We'll also spend off-duty time with her and her family, for birthday fishing celebrations and a Yukon rite of passage: the caribou hunt.
Premiere episodes include:
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet: Fly Like An Eagle Premieres Saturday, April 12, at 9 p.m. ET/PT We're hitting the road with Dr. Oakley as she makes her way around the Yukon for some necessary house calls. Working as a vet can be tough, but working as a vet in the Yukon can be outright brutal. We venture to a sled dog operation where Michelle performs routine vaccinations and exams 26 huskies. Then we meet an owner who hopes her milk cow is pregnant so she can begin to produce milk for the fall. A near fatal emergency call brings Dr. Oakley to her home clinic where she rapidly works on a dog with a face full of porcupine quills. Later, at her satellite clinic in Alaska, Dr. Oakley's improvising skills are put to the test as she turns foam piping into a wing splint for an owl named Aspen. Dr. Oakley finally gets a moment's rest and enjoys a birthday fishing trip with her family.