National Geographic Wild puts the spotlight on vets this May

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Dr. Vernard Hodges with Zangif the cat at the Critter Fixers clinic. (Photo: National Geographic)
Dr. Vernard Hodges with Zangif the cat at the Critter Fixers clinic. (Photo: National Geographic)
  • National Geographic Wild will offer viewers a month of heart-warming family programming.
  • The channel will shine a spotlight on loving vets that care for animals, treating creatures of all shapes and size.
  • The month-long focus on vets kicks off this Saturday.


This May, National Geographic Wild shines the spotlights on vets, the heroic animal doctors that treat the injuries and illnesses faced by different creatures around the world.

From Saturday, 1 May 2021, viewers can look forward to family friendly, veterinary themed programming every Saturday and Sunday from 18:00 (CAT) on National Geographic Wild (Dstv 181, Starsat 220).

The themed programming will feature Dr Michelle Oakley, the only all-species vet for hundreds of miles in the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada, the much-loved Dr Jan Pol who specialises in treating large farm animals in Michigan, Dr. Susan Kelleher (Known as Dr K) who runs South Florida's Broward Avian and Exotics Animal Hospital, and other remarkable vets, all providing an inside look into what happens behind the scenes when animals need veterinary care. Whether located in sunny cities, snowy mountains or sweeping nature reserves, these incredible vets all share one thing: a great love of animals.

Lifelong friends Dr. Vernon Hodges and Dr. Terence Ferguson, who operate the Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, will make their debut on the channel in Critter Fixers: Southern Family Values, a once-off special premiere, on Saturday 8 May at 18:00 (CAT). Together with their loving staff, these physicians bring heart, soul and a lot of humour to their treatment and care of more than 20 000 patients a year across their two locations. This special episode will provide a taste of what lies ahead in the full season of the six-part series Critter Fixers: Country Vets that will premiere on National Geographic Wild from Friday 2 July from 18:00.

Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Terrence Ferguson of Na
Dr. Vernard Hodges and Dr. Terrence Ferguson of National Geographic's Critter Fixers stand for a portrait at the Critter Fixers clinic. (Photo: National Geographic)
Surgery Tech Paul prepares a white rabbit for trea
Surgery Tech Paul prepares a white rabbit for treatment as a Vet Tech assists at Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in Bonaire, Georgia. (Photo: National Geographic/Alex Vieira)

"National Geographic Wild is renowned for its premium, relatable wildlife and natural history non-fiction programming. The vets themed content this May takes that further, showing how all kinds of animals, from dogs to donkeys and from parrots to porcupines, need human care," says Evert van der Veer, Vice President, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Africa.

He adds: "Between emergency call outs, injured animals and animals being born, no two days are ever the same in a veterinary practice, which makes for exciting television content as we watch these vets perform ingenious work."

The programming also includes the best of the network’s wide veterinary library content, with titles airing throughout the four weeks, beginning every weekend day at 18:00 on National Geographic Wild.

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