Tune in on Saturday for 'Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet' on Nat GEO WILD

Being a veterinarian is considered to be one of the most rewarding professions there is in the world.  You get to spend your days helping sick animals and sometimes nurturing their distraught owners.  Dr. Michelle Oakley is a vet working in the Yukon territory where she has a practice that covers thousands of miles of rough terrain during all four seasons, including the brutal winters.  Her adventures can be seen on Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet that begins on Saturday, Oct. 14 on Nat Geo WILD.

Dr. Oakley makes house calls all across Northern Canada and Alaska where she is often accompanied by her three daughters.  She operates is the on-call vet at satellite clinic for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve that is located 150 miles away from her home.  She has been known to travel thousands of miles to tend to a patient. She will get there any way she can, and that sometimes involves flying to see a patient in need.

Dr. Oakley
Saskatchewan, Canada - Dr. Michelle Oakley looks out from a helicopter. (Lucky Dog Films/Chris Lane)

She approaches veterinary medicine the same way she approaches life:  with kindness, a sense of adventure and a very good sense of humor.  She often encounters bears, owls, wild cats, reindeer as well as domestic pets.

Catch the touching and humorous adventures of Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet on Saturdays on Nat Geo WILD here.







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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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