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Greenlit: Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet, Nat Geo WILD

Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet – In the frozen Yukon Territory in Northern Canada, you’ve got to be hearty and tough. You’ve got to expect solitude across frigid, remote landscapes with freezing temperatures, but even in the desolate wilderness you need a vet to help your ailing wiener dog.

This series follows Dr. Michelle Oakley, veterinarian, as she makes house calls across thousands of square miles in the Yukon ¾ helping many species of animals, including an angry muskox, a caribou with a tumor, a defensive mama lynx, and a grey owl with an amputated wing. Accompanied by her teenage daughters and armed with humor as sharp as a scalpel, Dr. Oakley deftly juggles being a full-time veterinarian, wife and mom while taking us into the isolated regions of the Yukon. 

She operates her small veterinarian clinic out of her home in Haines Junction with her husband, Shane, and their three daughters, Sierra, Willow and Maya. But that’s just her day job!  She also runs a satellite clinic in Haines, Alaska with the American Bald Eagle Foundation and is an on-call vet for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the area’s domestic animal clinic.

On a “typical” day, the amazing vet could drive 300 miles through the snow for a patient. Some of her clients live “off the grid” and sometimes without commercial power, so teaching pet owners how to be self-reliant is important. Throughout the season, we’ll watch Dr. Oakley pull out over 300 porcupine quills from a sled dog, wrangle wild horses from a helicopter, check to see if a cow (who hasn’t been producing milk) is pregnant, examine eaglets with injured legs, and help a yak with eye problems. We’ll also spend off-duty time with her and her family, for birthday fishing celebrations and a Yukon rite of passage: the caribou hunt.

Channel: Nat Geo WILD

Producer: Lucky Dog Films

TX: 26th April 2014

Source: Nat Geo press release (via TV by the Numbers)

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