"Jobs That Bite!" is Nat Geo Wild's animal kingdom answer to Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs," with actor and outdoor enthusiast Jeremy Brandt playing the "dirty" role that Mike Rowe made famous. Brandt travels across the U.S. to try his hand at a variety of fascinating, filthy and dangerous animal jobs, everything from a camel milkman and shark feeder, to beehive remover and lion dentist. He gets up close and personal with massive beasts, pretentious pets and impossibly slippery critters, and in the process he meets some adept professionals who have found job satisfaction outside the office.
The challenges never stop for world-famous dog behaviorist Cesar Millan. In this series, not only does Cesar help dog owners with simple take-home tips for problem pooches, he and his son Andre hit the road to honor and support the nation's many heroes in the pet industry. On an RV journey that spans from Philadelphia to Los Angeles, the hosts uncover inspirational K-9 stories and connect with organizations that are rescuing and rehabilitating dogs. No pup and pet-loving person is spared as the Milans profile groups helping veterans and their service dogs, community-run animal rescue teams training K-9 police dogs, and therapy dogs that help children with autism.
"Wilderness Vet" features compelling stories from the life of renowned veterinarian Dr. Michelle Oakley, who lives and works in Canada's rugged and sparsely populated Yukon. Each episode shows Dr. Oakley and her colleagues traveling to private homes, farms and wildlife preserves across the territory to help animals in need. Viewers get a look at wild animals in their natural habitats as the show offers an up-close view of the hard work and dedication required for their rescue and rehabilitation.
With a unique ability to see the world through their eyes, renowned dog behavior expert Cesar Millan rehabilitates all manner of troubled canines in this popular reality series, and often that involves Millan not only teaching dogs new tricks but also training their owners how to achieve a balanced relationship with their pets.
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.
On the Hawaiian island of Kauai, people in need of medical care for their pets often turn to Dr. Scott Sims. The owner of Pegasus Veterinary Clinic, located in his Kilauea home, Dr. Sims and assistants Dia and Ella keep busy treating a wide variety of domestic and wild animals. He makes "house" calls, too -- on beaches and mountainsides, in the water and jungle -- traversing wild, rural and oceanic Kauai topography. "Aloha Vet" profiles a man whose phone is rarely silent. With a heart of gold, Dr. Sims works long hours helping animals that walk, crawl, fly and swim.
Dr. Jan Pol has been a practicing veterinarian for more than half his life. In 1981 he and his wife, Diane, opened a vet business out of their home, and over the years it has grown to service more than 19,000 clients. Set in Central Michigan's farm country, this reality series follows the work done at Pol Veterinary Services. Specializing in large farm animals, Dr. Pol treats horses, pigs, cows, sheep, alpacas, goats, chickens and even an occasional reindeer. The program also features Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, who has worked with Dr. Pol since 1992.