The work of cattle and swine veterinarians will be featured in the new reality series, Veterinarians on Call, which premieres this fall on channel

The series follows day-to-day work on U.S. farms and ranches with producers striving to raise healthy swine, beef and dairy animals. The Webisodes are produced by Essex Television Group, the production company responsible for the Discovery TV series Chasing Classic Cars. The series is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and each episode features a veterinarian making a farm visit to care for animals.

“I am proud to explain that I wear several hats as a pig veterinarian including diagnostician, animal welfare advocate and public health officer,” says Paul Ruen, DVM, Fairmont, MN, and immediate past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. He is one of five veterinarians who volunteered to be featured in the series. “My hope is that the consumers of America’s meat products will feel a bit more connected to the families and farms that work professionally and with care in raising food for their tables.”

The first season of Veterinarians on Call features Peter Ostrum, DVM, recognized by millions of movie fans as “Charlie” from the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, who now practices as a dairy cow veterinarian in upstate New York.

The first season of Veterinarians on Call features three other veterinarians:

  1. Ross Kiehne, DVM, of St. Peter, MN, University of Minnesota alumnus who has worked as a pig veterinarian for 12 years throughout Iowa and Minnesota;
  2. Angie Supple, DVM, of Algona, IA, self-proclaimed “city girl turned pig vet” with degrees from Notre Dame and Purdue Universities; and
  3. Don Goodman, DVM, of Navasota, TX, a 30-year cattle veterinarian with a degree from Texas A&M University.

Pfizer Animal Health’s funding is provided as part of its commitment to Veterinarians platform, which offers support to the veterinary industry through training and education, research and development, investing in the future of the profession and philanthropy. For more information, visit