In the varied forms of veterinary medicine, Dr. Susan Kelleher's practice may be one of the more unusual. Known as Dr. K, she runs South Florida's Broward Avian and Exotics Animal Hospital, and this series follows the staff as it cares for rabbits, ferrets, foxes, fish, birds, reptiles, marsupials, and even primates. As do some other vets, Kelleher thinks domesticating wild animals like monkeys is a bad idea, but that feeling doesn't interfere with her taking care of them: "If it will fit through the door, I'll treat it," she says.
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors, allowing viewers exclusive access to follow first-year students mastering the basics, and fourth-year students handling difficult cases from hamsters to horses. The documentary series shows the blood, sweat and tears required to become a licensed vet, beginning with a mountain of information that students must digest, commit to memory and recall at a moment's notice. Then it's on to tasks like restraining animals, repairing fractures, inserting pacemakers, and removing abscesses, before the chaos of emergency room procedures are introduced.
Australia is notable as the only country that is also a continent, but details of the Land Down Under aren't necessarily as well known as other areas around the world. This miniseries delves into some of the various species of animals that call Australia home. The cassowary, tree-kangaroo, dingo (keep an eye on your babies), echidna and platypus are among the creatures profiled on "Wild Australia," which also looks at the varied environments where the wildlife lives.
Emergency vet Dr. Lisa Chimes ventures out of the surgery room to raise awareness about animal welfare in this compassionate pet rescue series. Lisa's mission is to encourage potential pet owners to adopt rescue animals from shelters rather than support puppy mills or backyard breeders. With a combination of thoughtful concern and professional knowledge, Lisa attempts to match the countless four-legged friends that have been abandoned, neglected or simply lost, with new and loving homes. The heartwarming series not only gives animals a chance at a better life, it also gives their human counterparts the opportunity to receive affection and love from a faithful new friend.
Throughout a career in which he has helped some 19,000 patients, veterinarian Dr. Jan Pol has gained a wealth of experience. While large farm animals are the crux of his speciality, the doctor and the staff at his Beal City, Mich., office work with beasts of all shapes and sizes, and he gives owners sensible advice about caring for their animals. His unstoppable and unflappable work ethic has made him a legendary figure in his community and profession.
Thinking of adopting a dog, or just love cute puppies? "Puppy Days" tells all about the roller-coaster experience of raising young canines by showing the successes and mistakes of pet parents. Embedded with six first-time owners who have decided to dramatically alter their family dynamic, the series begins at the moment the pups arrive, then tracks the early stages as dog and family adapt to each other. A puppy learns quickly during its early infancy, but by 18 weeks its ability to accept and learn new things reduces dramatically. The families have just over two months to train their puppies the right way or face the consequences. Included are do's and don'ts of teaching pups how to sleep through the night, behave for vet visits, socialize with other dogs and more.