For Dr. Michelle Oakley, spring in the Yukon means things are really heating up. She’s one of the few big animal vets across an area as big as Texas, and she’s back for another season. Working 24/7–logging thousands of miles on the ground, on water, and in the air–is all part of the job for Dr. Oakley. And, as this vast and remote territory thaws out after another brutal Yukon winter, Michelle will help bring new life into the world, respond to vet emergencies across thousands of square miles, and treat creatures of all sorts that have been knocked down, but not out, by the extremes of this harsh environment.
Michelle will travel by horseback, float plane, boat, car, and even ATV from Whitehorse to the remote First Nations’ village of Watson Lake to the tiny town of Haines Junction and across the border into Alaska and beyond. In the land of the midnight sun, she’ll work from sun up to sun down. Because in the Yukon, Dr. Michelle Oakley is truly one-of-a-kind.
Along with her precocious daughter Willow, teenage daughters Sierra and Maya and husband Shane, Michelle deftly juggles being a full time veterinarian, wife, and mother. Armed with humor as sharp as scalpel, she takes us deep into rugged and rarely explored regions of northern Canada and Alaska. And all along the way, she’ll do what she does best: heal animals that simply can’t heal themselves. Whether it’s performing field surgery on horse’s penis, delivering a litter of puppies by C-Section, working into the wee hours trying to save an eagle from near certain death, rounding up horses by airplane–or pulling out a calf with chains, Dr. Michelle Oakley is Yukon tough and always ready to do what it takes to save one Yukon creature after another.
On the season premiere, Dr. Oakley’s daughter is graduating high school and leaving home, which is emotional for the vet–but the animals still need her. Dr. Oakley’s parents fly in from Indiana for the graduation, and they have a chance to not only see their first muskox, but watch their daughter in action.
Watch: Checking on a Muskox
Season 2 of Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet kicks off Saturday at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD.