JJ Hayes chats with Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder of “Heartland Docs DVM”


Husband and wife vets Ben and Erin are set to kick off Heartland Docs DVM Season 3 on Nat Geo Wild and Disney+, and I got a chance to catch up with them and talk about everything from online shopping, stinky teenagers and of course animals.

In scenic and 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 preserving the nation’s food supply. Along with their teenage sons, Charlie and Chase, the doctors are always on the go as their veterinary practice tends to the area’s myriad animals in need, including cows, pot-bellied pigs, llamas, deer and possums. Schroeders’ creed goes beyond saving the animals on which America depends; it’s about making each visit something expected for the animals and their caretakers, even in the most difficult conditions. From winter blizzards to spring tornadoes and scorching summer heat waves, Drs. Erin and Ben Schroeder overcome obstacles with skill and heart.

The hit series Heartland Docs, DVM returns for a third season on Nat Geo WILD on Saturday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 27 on Disney+, and there’s no shortage of animals in need of help. This season, viewers will see Drs. Erin and Ben rush to the rescue when a car accident injures three beloved horses; save a fawn after it falls off a cliff; rescue a tiny Silky Terrier with three babies trapped inside; rescue a heifer whose head is stuck in a fence, and much more.

And with the arrival of spring and spring cleaning plans, doctors can offer a number of tips for pet owners to keep dogs and cats healthy and clean. Drs. Ben and Erin can recommend how often pet beds, water and food bowls and toys should be washed and which cleaning products to use (or not to use). Find out which flowers and plants can be toxic to pets; which pet products you should upgrade or discard; and reminders for sometimes-overlooked pet care tasks like brushing teeth, trimming nails, and preventing fleas and ticks.

Originally from Nebraska, Dr. Ben Schroeder was born in his family’s veterinary practice and has been helping animals since he could walk. At Kansas State University, he met his partner in life and business, Dr. Erin, another animal lover from a small town in upstate New York who knew from a young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Six months later, they were married and the two moved back to Ben’s hometown in Nebraska (which they consider the best place in the country) to resume the family practice.


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