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Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet

Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet

Photo Credit:  Animal Planet
  • Premiered: 
    November 7, 2015
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  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
  • Tags: medical

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Plot Synopsis

DR. DEE: ALASKA VET is a one-hour reality series that follows veterinarian Dr. Dee Thornell as she treats the animals of Alaska in her Fairbanks clinic and throughout remote parts of the state. Her clinic, Animal House, isn't a typical animal hospital. On any given day, Dr. Dee and her staff treat a variety of animals that rarely appear on most vets' patient list -- bald eagles, owls, chinchillas, beavers, iguanas, ox, moose and bears -- along with the usual pet dog and cat. With gold miners, truckers and off-the-gridders as some of her clients, she knows humans in Alaska rely on their animals for survival and companionship. As a result, Dr. Dee frequently navigates the toughest terrain and inclement weather in the most remote areas by plane, four wheelers or even a horse and carriage to care for them. Although the conditions can be extremely difficult -- she's experienced everything from frozen vaccines to frostbite during surgery -- she loves every second of it. Working alongside Dr. Dee in the clinic is Dr. Terry Wighs, a fellow Midwesterner who fell in love with Alaska while he conducted a four-year study on reindeer; Nicole, the compassionate hospital administrator; and Dr. Dee's husband, Ken, a fellow pilot who often accompanies her on house calls. Whether in the clinic or in the field, Dr. Dee and her staff handles extreme cases with care and compassion and know that no critter is off limits at Dr. Dee's Animal House. In the series premiere, Dr. Dee checks on a team of sled dogs to make sure they are ready for glacier work as well as a black bear that has come out of hibernation. She also castrates a drove of piglets for a rookie farmer, and a reindeer with a bizarre case of antler growths gets the treatment it needs. Dr. Dee also experiences the biggest challenge of her career when a loyal client calls on her to spearhead a dangerous rescue effort using a helicopter to save his beloved horse, which was injured during an expedition. Working through her non-profit, Golden Heart Pet Assistant League, Dr. Dee routinely flies to remote villages to treat both companion and livestock animals for Alaskans who have no other access to veterinary care.
Season 2 of DR. DEE: ALASKA VET premiered on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on Animal Planet. This season, Dr. Dee and her husband, Ken, spend much of their time traveling to remote villages - where sometimes there are almost as many dogs as humans - to hold low cost spay and neuter clinics, as well as provide medical care to the local animals. In true Alaskan spirit, Dr. Dee and Ken have started rescuing unwanted and stray dogs by flying them back to Fairbanks to find forever homes, inspiring them to start their own rescue. Back at the clinic, Dr. Dee and her team continue to service the animals including a pot belly pig that's ornery when amorous, a stallion who has developed a tumor and 17-year-old Stubbs the Cat, who is the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, and suffering from a kidney disorder. Plus, Dr. Dee finds orphaned baby owls that need a safe place to grow up before being released back into the wild.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by High Noon Entertainment


  • Animal House Veterinary Hospital - Fairbanks, Alaska USA - Map It!