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Animal Planet introduces world to 'Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet'

Dr. Dee Thornell bought the first heated surgery table in the state of Alaska — for animals. But as a veterinarian with an animal hospital in Fairbanks, she doesn't always get to use that table. She's just as likely to be flying to some remote location, performing surgery using a church pew, pool table or truck bed.

Thornell is also the first veterinarian from Alaska with her own reality television show. Animal Planet's "Dr. Dee, Alaska Vet," debuts Saturday (Nov. 7) at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Some of the show is filmed in the wild. The rest comes from her practice — which she calls Animal House. It includes a large, modern animal hospital, a Montessori dog...