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.
Just about everybody likes animals and doesn't like to see animals who are sick, injured or abused. So "Animal Rescue," a weekly series -- aimed at children and families -- that showcases spectacular rescues of animals, should be very popular. Because people don't like to see an animal's situation get so bad that it requires rescue, the program tries to avoid those situations by instructing children on the proper care of animals, as well as giving safety tips on caring for all types of creatures.
Dog Town, USA is the country's preeminent facility for abandoned and homeless dogs from all over the world, located in Utah on 33,000 acres of pristine land. The highly skilled staff members include internationally renowned experts and trusted medical professionals who all work to provide sanctuary, rehabilitation and personal care for each dog in preparation for their move to a "forever" home. Each stage of the detailed process is documented as the dogs hopefully end up being placed in loving homes with new owners.
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.
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.
While Rocky the dog and Fluffy the cat are easily welcomed in a home, there are animals, of course, that require a reasonable degree of human separation. When that space gets too close for comfort, it's time to call for help. On this series, four teams of animal relocators are followed as they respond to frantic calls from people who have come into unwanted contact with critters, creepy crawlies and other nuisance wildlife. Rattlesnake in the backyard? Skunk hiding out in the kitchen? Dealing with desperate, outrageous and dangerous situations, the rescuer's main objective is to keep both animals and people safe.
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.