What does it take to become a veterinarian? Find out this fall as Nat Geo WILD presents Vet School, a new series that follows first- and fourth-year students over one academic year at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. The show premieres Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10/9c on Nat Geo WILD.

Hannah Brodlie, Cristina Bustamante and Dan Cimino are first-year students negotiating a steep learning curve. Sam Dicker, Singen Elliott, Aziza Glass, and Aria Hill are fourth-year students who are about to begin their professional careers. As the first-year students wrestle sheep for a blood sample and the fourth-year students learn how to handle life-and-death surgeries and emergencies, the camera captures the pressures, rewards and occasional sadness of life as an aspiring veterinarian.

“We viewed this show as a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the veterinary profession and to help the public understand the rigorous education leading to a veterinary degree,” explains Interim Dean Lorin Warnick. “We were honored to be asked to participate in the production and happy to showcase the experience of our students as they work to become veterinarians.”

For Cornell veterinary students, seeing cases ranging from fracture repair in a horse, inserting a pacemaker into a dog and removing an abscess from a pet turkey are all in a day’s work. There is a mountain of information to commit to memory and recall at a moment’s notice. What motivates them is their love for animals, medicine and science, and a desire to make a difference.

Vet School is an open door into a world that educates and shapes young animal lovers into high-performing professionals. You won’t want to skip a single class.