Goodbye Summer, Hello Vet School! New Series Premieres This Saturday

Do you have what it takes to become top dog in your class? For those accepted into the prestigious veterinarian program at Cornell University, students find out just how hard you have to work to become the best. In Nat Geo WILD’s newest series, Vet School, follow the lives of veterinary students as they begin and end their school careers.

ITHACA, N.Y. - Frist year student Hannah Brodlie learns how to auscult (listen to the breathing patterns) of a in-house feline patient.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Lisa Tanzer)
ITHACA, N.Y. – Frist year student Hannah Brodlie learns how to auscult (listen to the breathing patterns) of a in-house feline patient.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Lisa Tanzer)

While the first day of Kindergarten compared to the first day of vet school may seem like worlds apart, there are still plenty of basics to cover for first-year vet students–including how to wash your hands. And although there may be no sign of colorful lunch boxes, the excitement is still there for our vet students–but it looks a little… dirtier.

During their first class, Cornell professor Dr. Carolyn McDaniel greets students covered in feces. Despite the ick-factor, students are eager and excited to learn from the esteemed professors at Cornell and even learn a hand-washing dance in the process.

ITHACA, N.Y. - Fourth year student Aziza Glass observes a surgery.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Lisa Tanzer)
ITHACA, N.Y. – Fourth year student Aziza Glass observes a surgery.

(photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Lisa Tanzer)

While first-year students learn the basics of veterinarian care, fourth year students, like Aziza Glass, have mastered the chaos known as Vet School. It’s a constant marathon working in the Companion Animal Hospital at Cornell, but Aziza and other students gain invaluable experience working on unusual cases not typically seen at primary vets.

In this week’s episode, first-year vet students learn about some of their bigger patients… horses and cows. While the docile polo ponies of Cornell are not as intimidating, a few of the students get nervous  dealing with the cows who are quite bigger and messier. Students are quickly learning that no matter the size of the animal, every day in Vet School is a new adventure!

No day is ordinary for the students in Nat Geo WILD’s newest series, Vet School. Tune in Saturday, September 19th at 10/9c to catch the premiere!

Can’t wait? Catch a 12-minute sneak peek right now:

Want more? The entire season of Vet School will be available starting the day after the season premiere on Natgeotv.com, Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon.