Meet Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet

In the frozen Yukon Territory in Northern Canada, you’ve got to be hearty and tough. You’ve got to expect solitude across frigid, remote landscapes with freezing temperatures, but even in the desolate wilderness you need a vet to help your ailing wiener dog.

Enter Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet. A new series premiering April 12, at 9 pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD that follows the experienced Dr. Michelle Oakley, veterinarian, as she makes house calls across thousands of square miles in the Yukon helping many species of animals, including an angry muskox, a caribou with a tumor, a defensive mama lynx, and a grey owl with an amputated wing. Accompanied by her teenage daughters and armed with humor as sharp as a scalpel, Dr. Oakley deftly juggles being a full-time veterinarian, wife and mom while taking us into the isolated regions of the Yukon.

She operates her small veterinarian clinic out of her home in Haines Junction with her husband, Shane, and their three daughters, Sierra, Willow and Maya. But that’s just her day job! She also runs a satellite clinic in Haines, Alaska with the American Bald Eagle Foundation and is an on-call vet for the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the area’s domestic animal clinic.

On a “typical” day, the amazing vet could drive 300 miles through the snow for a patient. Some of her clients live “off the grid” and sometimes without commercial power, so teaching pet owners how to be self-reliant is important. Throughout the season, we’ll watch Dr. Oakley pull out over 300 porcupine quills from a sled dog, wrangle wild horses from a helicopter, check to see if a cow (who hasn’t been producing milk) is pregnant, examine eaglets with injured legs, and help a yak with eye problems. We’ll also spend off-duty time with her and her family, for birthday fishing celebrations and a Yukon rite of passage: the caribou hunt.

Don’t miss the series premiere of Dr. Oakley: Yukon Vet this Saturday at 9P.


  1. Richard Trerise
    April 12, 2014, 8:24 pm

    They just mentioned on the premiere that a porcupine “attacked” a dog? Really? Fire that writer and get someone with some knowledge of the real outdoors. C’mon! I was looking forward to this show. First strike!

  2. shon schroefel
    April 14, 2014, 7:59 pm

    in preview show a leopard. where in Yukon would that be

  3. Pam Fitzpatrick
    Mobile, Alabama
    April 19, 2014, 5:10 pm

    Love this show!!!!!

  4. Ben A
    April 19, 2014, 11:48 pm

    Great show. Those who like Dr. Pol will likewise enjoy this show, for its info about animals, and veterinarian experiences and family life. Highly recommended!

  5. Michelle Oakley
    United States
    May 4, 2014, 1:29 am

    Michelle Oakley is simply awesome. What a great show is #yukonvet. Such an appealing individual.

  6. Kathrine Jenkins
    United States
    May 13, 2014, 6:36 pm

    Just saw the preview ad for this Saturday’s show where they are going to round up wild horses with a helicopter because the horses are getting hit by cars. Do they plan to round up all the moose, elk, deer, etc because they are getting hit by cars also?

  7. Ralph V. Kelch
    Franklin, Pa
    May 21, 2014, 12:53 pm

    Love the show, but it appears it’s not going to be on anymore.
    Will it be permanent, or is it just a trial show ?

  8. Linda
    Houston, TX
    July 26, 2014, 9:03 pm

    Dr Oakley, where we’re everyone’s life jackets while on the water, when on your fishing/birthday campout?? Otherwise love your show….keep up the good work. :0))

  9. Shan
    October 12, 2014, 3:19 pm

    the horse families are lead by lead mare not stallion nat geo you need to do some research im always seeing flaws in your information on this show

  10. Vannah
    November 23, 2014, 11:26 am

    You named your gun off my dog sassy and I call her sas-a-fras too!!!! To funny I love your show

  11. Priscilla
    January 11, 2015, 9:45 pm

    Love your show. Far prefer it to Dr. Pol for many reasons. Hope it continues for many more seasons.

  12. Daryl gilchrist
    Edmonton ab
    February 22, 2015, 1:37 pm

    Love your show and I was wondering if Dr Oakley would ever travel to edmonton? A friend was telling me she has a mother moose with twin babies in her back yard (acreage) but it appears the mom has an arrow in her. She has tried contacting different organizations but no one has come. The mom seems to be okay but I wonder if she will have complications?

  13. Ouida
    October 15, 2016, 8:58 am

    Amazing woman. I am watching for the first tine. I admire the work she did with the pregnant caribo, “Operation Mange” at the pig farm and the dental care of an aging Rock Sheep. And the heartbreaking conclusion to Rose’s battle with cancer. RIP beautiful girl.

  14. Pamela Karnavas
    United States
    January 17, 7:40 pm

    I love this show. What a wonderfully caring mom and vet Dr. Oakley is. I feel good when I watch this show!