Making house calls in the far reaches of Northern Canada is a daunting task in the least, considering the houses may be separated by hundreds of miles. That challenge doesn't stop Dr. Michelle Oakley from performing her many duties as a veterinarian in one of the most rugged environments on Earth. In addition to running an animal clinic out of her home in Haines Junction, Yukon -- where she lives with husband Shane and their three daughters -- Dr. Oakley also operates a satellite clinic 150 miles away and is the on-call vet for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, which is about 100 miles from Haines Junction. She also makes house calls, sometimes driving for long stretches through desolate wilderness to check on a patient. This series documents how Dr. Oakley juggles being a full-time vet, wife and mom, and does so with a sense of humor and devotion.
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.
NBC News meteorologist and co-anchor of the Saturday edition of "Today," Dylan Dreyer, helms this celebration of nature, which utilizes beautiful cinematography to create an up-close-and-personal experience with Earth's wild animals -- from polar bears in the Arctic to black bears in Montana. The show's unique platform brings the excitement of seeing creatures in their natural habitats into viewers' homes, where they can explore natural phenomena -- including the migration of 1.5 million animals across 500 miles of Africa -- they may otherwise never have the chance to experience.
Environmental lifestyle expert Danny Seo brings his knowledge and experience to this series for young people seeking a healthier lifestyle -- and their families. By providing information on the science behind eating well and exercising the body and mind while also caring for the planet, Seo -- who has devoted his career to the concept that environmentalism goes hand-in-hand with sharing delicious balanced meals and enjoying time with friends and family -- hopes to spread his vision of eco-friendly living for the betterment of everyone.
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.