Heartland Docs, Dvm

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Heartland Docs, Dvm

Synopsis

Set in picturesque rural Nebraska, Homestead Vets is a 6x60 follow-doc series featuring the extraordinary husband and wife veterinary team, Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder. Ben and Erin, and their two sons Charlie (13) and Chase (11), live and work at the center of America’s food-chain where the livelihoods of Midwestern farmers connect to families nationwide. Here, winter blizzards, spring tornados, and blistering summer heat waves present a wide range of challenges that only the grittiest and most passionate vets are qualified to handle. Luckily, Ben and Erin have the skill and heart that a homestead vet requires, and they’re anxious to pass it along to the next generation. The Schroeder’s credo is to not just save the animals America depends on, but to make each visit something to look forward to for both the animals and their caretakers, even in the toughest conditions.

Episodes

Season 1
  • The Little Practice On The Prairie

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    The Schroeders workload is compounded by animal cases spurred by recent flooding in Nebraska. The vets assist a cow in labor thats too weak to stand; chickens with mysterious leg ailments; and a litter of piglets with the squirts. The doctors also put on their podiatrist hats while tending to a pet goat and donkey and investigate a puppys surprising ear issue.

  • Doggie Delivery

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    Early spring in Nebraska brings new life and unpredictable veterinary challenges for Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder as they treat a cow’s prolapsed uterus, diagnose a deadly intestinal disease and perform a canine C-section with sons Charlie and Chase assisting. The vets also tend to an injured wild owl, a sheep too weak to stand and a litter of cats with ear mites.

  • The Old Farm Magic

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    Spring has sprung, but a snowstorm hits Nebraska, forcing the Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder to contend with unpredictable weather. Despite the snow, springtime for the docs means helping to bring new life into the world, whether its doing a pregnancy check on a herd of 200 cattle; artificially inseminating a German shorthair dog; or wrangling a potentially pregnant pot-bellied pig.

  • Old Town Rodeo

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    Ahead of the hometown rodeo, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder make sure the star animals are healthy and ready for the big rodeo. When hes not avoiding a charging bull, Dr. Ben bonds with his two sons while caring for an underdeveloped calf and a snake that wont eat. Dr. Erin is filled with emotion as she cares for a pup with tumors whose owner passed away and for a cat with a shocking leg injury.

  • Hold Your Horses

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    As medical professionals, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder vow to do no harm, which is a promise they keep while constantly faced with complicated issues ailing their patients. Dr. Erin sees a beloved basset hound with issues that are more than meets the eye, while Dr. Ben has his patience tested by a young stallion, and the whole family goes to great lengths to aid a newborn fawn.

  • Whole Llama Love

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    Dr. Ben Schroeder and son Charlie are surprised when a young family brings in an orphaned raccoon they found in their shed while Dr. Erin Schroeder helps a woman subdue a trapped cat with a serious dental issue