Dr. K gives us a peek at the wild and furry world of exotic animal veterinary medicine

By Kelli Bender
October 11, 2014 11:00 AM

The behavior of cats and dogs is confusing enough for most, but Dr. Susan Kelleher deals with a whole different set of animal issues.

How do you perform surgery on a fish? Give a tortoise a check-up? These are questions for which exotic animal veterinarian Dr. Kelleher has to find answers, and now she is giving animal lovers a peek into her wild and furry life.

Dr. Kelleher recently stopped by the PEOPLE offices, with Parker the rabbit in tow, to talk about her new TV show, Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER on NatGeo Wild, and about some of the strange cases viewers can expect.

Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER follows the unusual daily duties of the veterinarian at the Broward Avian & Exotic Animal Hospital, which is Dr. Kelleher’s practice in South Florida. Reptiles, birds, primates and more exotic pets walk – or slither – through Dr. K’s doors, and she’s ready and willing to help them all.

In the video above, Dr. Kelleher tells PEOPLE about one of her more unique procedures – giving a ferret a customized pacemaker.

For more amazing animal stories, be sure to watch Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER on NatGeo Wild, Saturdays at 10 p.m.

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