Disney has announced that the fifth season of the National Geographic documentary series, “Heartland Docs, DVM,” is going to premiere on the National Geographic Wild channel on October 7th at 9/8c and will be available to stream on Hulu and Disney+ in the United States on October 11th.
In picturesque, rural Hartington, Nebraska, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder are a married team of veterinarians whose unbridled commitment to the community’s generational farmers is paramount to the preservation of the nation’s food supply. Along with their teenage sons, Charlie and Chase, the doctors are always on the go as their veterinary practice cares for the region’s myriad of animals in need, including cows, pot-bellied pigs, llamas, deer and possum.
The Schroeders’ credo extends beyond saving the animals on which America depends; it’s about making each visit something to look forward to for both the animals and their caretakers, even in the toughest conditions. From winter blizzards to spring tornadoes and blistering summer heat waves, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder overcome the obstacles with skill and heart.
Here are the episode details for season 5:
“Lost and Hound” premiers Oct. 7, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
The Schroeders reel in an unexpected catch during a family boating trip when they rescue two black labs stranded on a sandbar. At the clinic, Dr. Ben’s dad comes in with a baby mule that’s having difficulty walking. Dr. Erin helps solve a cat’s mobility issues while Dr. Ben helps a pet gecko regain its eyesight. Together, the docs save the life of a momma dog by performing an emergency C-section.
“Tongue Not in Cheek” premiers Oct. 14, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
After a cat arrives at the clinic with a blocked urethra, the entire Cedar County Vet team kicks into high gear to save its life. Dr. Erin rescues a St. Bernard who can’t eat or drink due to an infected, pus-filled tongue. Dr. Ben performs a tricky field surgery on a cow with life-threatening bloat.
“A Real Dog and Pony Show” premiers Oct. 21, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
Dr. Ben aids an eagle who was injured in a cow pasture, and Dr. Erin performs life-saving surgery on a yellow lab to remove her infected uterus. Together, the Schroeders bring sweet relief to a momma cow’s painful hoof, and nurse a sickly newborn donkey back to health. Along with their eldest son, Charlie, the vets join forces with an organization that uses horse riding as therapy.
“Moovin’ Out” premiers Oct. 28, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
As Doctors Ben and Erin get ready to send their son Charlie off to college, they get an emergency call about a border collie mix whose paw got slammed in a car trunk and rush to the rescue. Out on a farm, Dr. Ben saves a calving heifer’s life with a field C-section. The vets remove an enormous mass from a dog’s shoulder and a medical mystery is solved after a horse’s GI tract shuts down.
“Let Me Clear My Goat” premiers Nov. 4, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
The Schroeders and their staff are in emergency mode when a horse sustains a devastating facial injury, a loved Labrador is hit by a car, and a Chihuahua decides to snack on rat poison. Elsewhere, Dr. Erin removes a possibly cancerous lump from the tip of a feisty cat’s nose, and Dr. Ben examines his favorite horse, Jake, for lameness.
“The Princess and the Paw-per” premiers Nov. 11, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
Drs. Ben and Erin rally the community and its pups for a “Dog & Jog” 5K fundraiser to support their son Chase’s school. At the clinic, Dr. Erin gets a nasty surprise when she pops a puppy’s mysterious abscess, and Dr. Ben flushes a farm dog’s lacerated paw only to discover a bigger problem. On a house call, the Schroeders treat a llama’s infected toe with old and new school techniques.
“Back In The Saddle” premiers Nov. 18, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
The Schroeders head west to round up and perform pregnancy checks on close to 600 cows, treating one for a possible snake bite. At the clinic, Dr. Erin removes a messy mass from a beagle’s hind leg and performs an emergency C-section on a chihuahua with a gigantic baby inside. Dr. Ben helps a baby boa constrictor shed some skin and brings relief to a bull calf covered in sand burs.
“Weight and See” premiers Nov. 25, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
Despite a snowstorm, the Schroeders venture out to check on a horse with a severely swollen leg. Back at the clinic, the docs encounter a bunny with a safety pin through its cheek and an underweight puppy struggling to put on pounds. Later, the vets come across a cow showing signs of preterm labor, possibly caused by a transmissible infection or virus that could endanger the herd.
“A Winter Wound-er Land” premiers Dec. 2, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
The Schroeders scramble to arrange a blood transfusion for a border collie after it ate rat poison, using their own dog as the donor. Dr. Ben attempts to solve the mystery behind an elderly horse’s painful skin condition and relieves the eye pain of a spunky Shiba Inu. Dr. Erin performs surgery on a cat with a frightful foot injury and helps with her youngest son Chase’s school play.
“My Dogs Are Barking” premiers Dec. 9, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
Dr. Erin discovers the cause of a farm dog’s sudden illness, while Dr. Ben removes a potentially cancerous growth from a bunny. Around town, Dr. Ben uses an unconventional fix when a cow suffers a double prolapse, and Dr. Erin stops by the airport to check on an English bulldog with painful paws. The Schroeders visit their eldest son, Charlie, at college where they try their hand at goat yoga.
“The Feline Is Mutual” premiers Dec. 16, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
Dr. Ben jumps to the aid of a super senior kitty to find the cause of his seizures and tends to a young horse with a leg laceration. Dr. Erin performs surgery on a Black Lab with a bewildering lump and designs a diet plan for a portly Corgi in need of life-saving measures. As a team, the clinic takes in a stray cat with a bum back end.
“Bow Wow Ouchie” premiers Dec. 23, 2023 at 9/8c on Nat Geo WILD
The Docs rush to save a calf with a temperature so high their thermometer can’t read it. At the clinic, a puppy needs life-saving surgery after swallowing a foam ball. Dr. Erin provides relief to a goldendoodle with an irritated eye, while Dr. Ben aids a horse with a rear-end laceration. A locally beloved cat gets a much-needed makeover.
The previous seasons of “Heartland Docs, DVM” are available to stream now on Disney+.
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