Nat Geo WILD honors the specialists who fight to keep our furry pals healthy this Thanksgiving. From Monday, Nov. 22, to Sunday, Nov. 28, the network’s annual VETSGIVING celebration returns with an enhanced schedule of programs. Each night, feast on four-hour helpings of the most popular veterinarian shows, including HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM; CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS; HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY; THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL; DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET; and VETS ON THE BEACH. Every feast needs a dessert, so included in the lineup is a special sneak peek of new series POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA.
VETSGIVING is the perfect viewing feast to enjoy with the ones you love, highlighting the sensitivity, love, and devotion of these committed professionals who love animals as much as we do. And on Thanksgiving evening, after a hearty feast, sit in for a preview peek of the new series, POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA, which includes a special portion of pus, slime, and goo. Dr. Joya Griffin, a dermatologist in Kentucky, sees it all—from blocked earwax to gushing cysts to enormous hair loss—no case is too odd or bizarre for her to study as she investigates the largest organ in an animal’s body—the skin. In preparation of the series premiere in spring 2022, a first peek at the show will run on Thursday, Nov. 25, at 11/10c and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10/9c.
“Veterinarians deserve recognition for the important work they do to care for our pets, livestock and wildlife,” says Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president of Development and Production at National Geographic Partners. “Nat Geo WILD’s Vetsgiving is our way of showing them how much they are appreciated, especially the dedicated professionals featured in our veterinarian-focused programs.”
Nat Geo WILD Gives Thanks ‘Fur’ its Stable of Veterinarians with a Super-Sized Serving of Vetsgiving
This year’s VETSGIVING will provide an extra helping of fan-favorite veterinarian series each night beginning at 8/7c. The 2021 Vetsgiving lineup is as follows and is subject to change:
Monday, Nov. 22:
CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS
Lifelong friends Drs. Vernard Hodges and Terrence Ferguson are back for another wildly extraordinary new season of their hit series CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS. The docs, who own and operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, located 100 miles south of Atlanta, work around the clock with their loving staff to bring heart, soul and a lot of humor to their treatment and care of more than 20,000 patients a year. Between emergency visits to the office and farm calls throughout rural Georgia, this special team constantly encounters unique cases. For the Critter Fixer team, there is no such thing as “normal.”
Tuesday, Nov. 23:
HEARTLAND DOCS, DVM
In Hartington, Nebraska, Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder put thousands upon thousands of miles on their truck as they crisscross America’s Heartland, employing their expertise to treat all creatures great and small. From furry pets at the clinic to herds of cattle by the hundreds, few vets have the skill and heart to take on the unique challenges that come their way every day. Whether they are up against intense summer heat, bitter cold, white-out blizzards or impassable roads, the Schroeders will do whatever is necessary to treat animals in distress, including opening their clinic on the weekends with the help of their sons Chase and Charlie or making farm calls in the middle of the frigid night. The Schroeders’ dedication to their hometown, and the animals that are a part of it, is what makes them invaluable members of their local community.
Wednesday, Nov. 24:
HATCHER FAMILY DAIRY
The Hatcher Family Dairy is an animal-packed docu-series that follows the wildly unpredictable, often funny, and always charming lives of the Hatchers. With a six-generation dairy farm, a menagerie of animals, a creamery and a vet clinic, this family is always on the go! The Hatchers are a rare gem in today’s society: a family that lives together, works together and still wants to spend their free time together. It’s farm, animals and family, creating pure feel-good entertainment.
Thursday, Nov. 25:
THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL
In this season of THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL, it’s piggies, ponies and puppies; heifers, horses and hounds; goats, geckos and geese; whether it’s a dose of TLC, urgent critical care or after-hours emergencies, Doc Pol and his team are on call … all day, every day. Doc hustles to a nearby farm in a bid to save a cow in labor struggling to deliver her twins! Daisy the Labrador suffered a painful injury in an accident, but in Doc’s care, she’ll be good as new. It’s another season where heroics are on display every day as this dedicated team answers the call for help. We laugh, we cry, and we raise a glass to Doc as he celebrates 50 years of veterinary service to animals small and large in central Michigan.
POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA
Series Sneak Peek at 11/10c and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10/9c
Pus, gunk and goo! Leading veterinary dermatologist Dr. Joya and her protégé Dr. Jeff see it all in their Kentucky-based animal dermatology clinic. From impacted earwax to oozing cysts to massive hair loss, there’s no case too mysterious or bizarre. They put on their detective hats and investigate the largest organ in an animal’s body—the skin—to get our four-legged friends back to living their best lives.
Friday, Nov. 26, and Sat, Nov 27:
DR. OAKLEY, YUKON VET
Making house calls in the far reaches of the Great North is a daunting task in the least, considering hundreds of miles may separate the houses. 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 in Haines, Alaska, she 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 with a sense of humor and devotion.
Sunday, Nov. 28:
VETS ON THE BEACH
No day is ordinary for these dynamic vets across the Australian coast as they tackle cases like no other. Adorable pets face major problems – from a dog with a fishhook caught in his tongue to acupuncture for a spine injury. But pets aren’t the only patients on the docket. Aging elephants, orphaned kangaroos and sick wallabies need these superstar vets’ attention too.
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