Raised on the rugged plains of Australia, Matt Wright had plenty of jobs -- horse wrangler, Australian Army soldier, crocodile egg collector -- that helped develop his passion and skills for a career as a helicopter pilot and wildlife relocator. Featured in half-hour episodes of "Outback Wrangler," Wright tracks down, captures, and transports a diverse range of dangerous animals, including crocodiles, wild buffalo and even polar bears, that are posing a threat to people. As a chopper pilot he is able to access areas that would otherwise be impossible to reach. Matt's goal, he says, is based on the preservation of wildlife: to remove and relocate problem animals rather than kill them.
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.
"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.
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.
Taped in front of a studio audience, the weekly series "Pet Talk" provides animal owners with vital information to successfully care for their furry, feathered, or scaled friends. Guiding the conversation with pet news, advice and personal stories from viewers and audience members are veterinarians Tina Olivieri and Courtney Campbell and wildlife expert David Mizejewski. Recurring guests include biologists, authors, grooming specialists, pet food chefs and animal celebrities. Andre Millan, the oldest son of popular dog behaviorist Cesar Millan, appears as a field reporter.
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.
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.
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.
Busy veterinarian Dr. Chris Brown encounters many adventures in the day-to-day of a life dedicated to caring for and treating animals. "Dr. Chris: Pet Vet" features the animal and human interest stories he and his friend and colleague Dr. Lisa Chimes -- whom he calls on for animals that require specialist services -- run into as they deal with a variety of animals who undergo an assortment of different treatments, including some of the most intricate and technologically advanced surgeries available.