Meet Dr. Michelle Oakley, medicine woman in the Alaska wilderness. She’s down-to-earth, likeable and a true expert in helping animals you aren’t likely to see at your local suburban animal hospital.
Dr. Oakley, who urges everyone to just call her Michelle, puts on her boots and goes tromping off into muddy ranches and farms to help caribou, pigs, bison, muskox and more.
It’s fascinating to watch her use a blowgun to get her tranquilizer darts into big animals she can’t approach up close. Sometimes they move and she misses. Other times, they need a little more sedative before she can get close enough to examine them. To a caribou with an infected leg, she gives a big dose of antibiotics. “That’s a good boy.” You can tell she loves all animals, great and small. And what she shows the viewers is informational without being too graphic or upsetting.
In fact, she loves her patients so much that during one visit help some itchy pigs (they’ve got mange) at a local farm, she winds up bringing home the runt of the litter. ” So cute!” she says. And it’s exactly what we’re saying while watching this likeable and expert Wilderness Vet.
Ann Oldenburg ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.