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Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dr. Dee: Alaska Vet is a reality show that earns its TV-14 rating thanks to its heavy focus on bloody veterinary surgeries that can be disturbing to younger or sensitive viewers. There are some references to genitals, and death (both animal and human) is discussed. Local business and farm logos are sometimes visible, too. All this aside, it offers very positive messages about caring for animals, as well as the special role they play in Alaska and its culture.
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What's the story?
DR. DEE: ALASKA VET is a reality series about Dr. Dee Thornell, a veterinarian who treats animals in and around Fairbanks, Alaska. The owner of the Animal House clinic and hospital treats animals of all kinds with the help of her staff, including fellow veterinarian Terry Wighs, and Nicole Legerat, the hospital’s administrator. When animal owners living in remote areas can't make it to the clinic, Dr. Dee, sometimes with the help of her husband Ken, flies out to treat them. From performing surgeries to looking for options for a puppy who needs prosthetic legs, she is committed to providing the best possible life for the 40,000 animals she treats a year.
Is it any good?
This reality show offers an interesting look at what life is like for a veterinarian who must adapt her practice to serve the unique needs of the Far North lifestyle. From providing her own source of power when treating animals in areas that have no electricity to getting her pilot's license to reach some patients, it shows many of the activities that make her practice different from most in the lower 48 states.
The special role that animals play in Alaska, such as pulling sleds, providing food, offering safety, or being companions for someone living in the remote wilderness, is highlighted. But the surgeries can be bloody, and seeing animals suffering or dying isn't easy. Nonetheless, animal lovers who can handle these scenes will find it worth watching.