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The Sweeter Taste of Life

NatGeo Wild is Bringing Back Vetsgiving

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things including my beautiful little fur balls at home that keep my kids entertained and keep me warm and safe at night. I honestly don’t know what I would do without them and that is why this Thanksgiving I am also extremely thankful of our Veterinarians for all their hard work and dedication.

This Thanksgiving, Nat Geo WILD recognizes the professionals who work to keep our animal friends healthy. The network’s annual VETSGIVING celebration returns with an expanded lineup of programming from Monday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 28. Included in the lineup is a special sneak peek of new series POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA.

Highlighting the empathy, love and devotion of these dedicated professionals who love animals as much as we do, VETSGIVING is the ultimate viewing buffet to enjoy with the ones you love. And after a filling meal on Thanksgiving evening, settle in for a sneak peek of the new series, POP GOES THE VET WITH DR. JOYA.

My family and I got a chance to preview this episode and let me tell you it was very interesting. Complete with a special serving of pus, gunk and goo, Dermatologist Dr. Joya Griffin sees it all—from impacted earwax to oozing cysts to massive hair loss, there’s no case too mysterious or bizarre for this Kentucky-based doctor as she investigates the largest organ in an animal’s body—the skin. A first look of the series will air Thursday, Nov. 25, at 11/10c and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10/9c, in advance of its series premiere in spring 2022.

This year’s VETSGIVING will provide an extra helping of fan-favorite veterinarian series each night beginning at 8/7c. The 2021 Vetsgiving lineup is as follows and is subject to change:

Monday, Nov. 22:


Lifelong friends Drs. Vernard Hodges and Terrence Ferguson are back for another wildly extraordinary new season of their hit series CRITTER FIXERS: COUNTRY VETS. The docs, who own and operate Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospitals, located 100 miles south of Atlanta, work around the clock with their loving staff to bring heart, soul and a lot of humor to their treatment and care of more than 20,000 patients a year. Between emergency visits to the office and farm calls throughout rural Georgia, this special team constantly encounters unique cases. For the Critter Fixer team, there is no such thing as “normal.”

Tuesday, Nov. 23:


In Hartington, Nebraska, Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder put thousands upon thousands of miles on their truck as they crisscross America’s Heartland, employing their expertise to treat all creatures great and small. From furry pets at the clinic to herds of cattle by the hundreds, few vets have the skill and heart to take on the unique challenges that come their way every day. Whether they are up against intense summer heat, bitter cold, white-out blizzards or impassable roads, the Schroeders will do whatever is necessary to treat animals in distress, including opening their clinic on the weekends with the help of their sons Chase and Charlie or making farm calls in the middle of the frigid night. The Schroeders’ dedication to their hometown, and the animals that are a part of it, is what makes them invaluable members of their local community.

Wednesday, Nov. 24:


The Hatcher Family Dairy is an animal-packed docu-series that follows the wildly unpredictable, often funny, and always charming lives of the Hatchers. With a six-generation dairy farm, a menagerie of animals, a creamery and a vet clinic, this family is always on the go! The Hatchers are a rare gem in today’s society: a family that lives together, works together and still wants to spend their free time together. It’s farm, animals and family, creating pure feel-good entertainment.

Thursday, Nov. 25:


In this season of THE INCREDIBLE DR. POL, it’s piggies, ponies and puppies; heifers, horses and hounds; goats, geckos and geese; whether it’s a dose of TLC, urgent critical care or after-hours emergencies, Doc Pol and his team are on call … all day, every day. Doc hustles to a nearby farm in a bid to save a cow in labor struggling to deliver her twins! Daisy the Labrador suffered a painful injury in an accident, but in Doc’s care, she’ll be good as new. It’s another season where heroics are on display every day as this dedicated team answers the call for help. We laugh, we cry, and we raise a glass to Doc as he celebrates 50 years of veterinary service to animals small and large in central Michigan.


Series Sneak Peek at 11/10c and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 10/9c

Pus, gunk and goo! Leading veterinary dermatologist Dr. Joya and her protégé Dr. Jeff see it all in their Kentucky-based animal dermatology clinic. From impacted earwax to oozing cysts to massive hair loss, there’s no case too mysterious or bizarre. They put on their detective hats and investigate the largest organ in an animal’s body—the skin—to get our four-legged friends back to living their best lives.

Friday, Nov. 26, and Sat, Nov 27:


Making house calls in the far reaches of the Great North is a daunting task in the least, considering hundreds of miles may separate the houses. That challenge doesn’t stop Dr. Michelle Oakley from performing her many duties as a veterinarian in one of the most rugged environments on Earth. In addition to running an animal clinic in Haines, Alaska, she makes house calls, sometimes driving for long stretches through desolate wilderness to check on a patient. This series documents how Dr. Oakley juggles being a full-time vet, wife and mom with a sense of humor and devotion.

Sunday, Nov. 28:


No day is ordinary for these dynamic vets across the Australian coast as they tackle cases like no other. Adorable pets face major problems – from a dog with a fishhook caught in his tongue to acupuncture for a spine injury. But pets aren’t the only patients on the docket. Aging elephants, orphaned kangaroos and sick wallabies need these superstar vets’ attention too.

Hope you tune in with the family and watch this incredible line up! Don't forget to share, pin, like and comment if you liked this post!

Have a sweet day!

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