A Look At Dr Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet Troubling And Unsanitary Procedures

Let’s take a look  Animal Planet’s show, Dr: Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet and their unsanitary ways they practice vet medicine. Let’s just say, Dr. Michael Lavinge and Dr. Diarra Blue of, The Vet Life “”#thevetlife ” can teach Dr. Jeff & staff a thing or two when it comes to safety and sanitation when operating on animals in a medical setting. What you are about to see is shocking and concerning..

When I used to watch Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet I would cringe from the bare to minimum safety procedures and the lack of common sense when it came to Dr. Jeff & his staff operating on animals.. A viewer sent us photos and we felt the need to call attention to these appalling procedures. What you are about to see below is just from one episode alone..

Let’s take Dr. Rachel Nichols, for example.


Dr. Rachel Nichols patient, a dog named “Riley”went in to surgery. I am not going to get in to the specifics of the surgury because that would take all day..

Notice Dr. Nichols Clothing

The first issue starts at the x-Ray machine. When working in a Hospital -or- any medical setting–staff should have their hair pulled back.. We will get in to why this is important. Hang with us and keep scrolling..

Dr. Hutcheson will work with Dr. Nichols,  and she is excited… And a student.. Yes, Dr. Hutcheson is learning..
What happens next is shocking.

Dr. Hutcheson is operating with no hair net. Dr. Nichols and Dr. Hutcheson BOTH do not have on a gown and their forearms are exposed. It gets worse..


Dr. Jeff, most of the time has some head cap on but.. 

But, Dr. Jeff does not wear a gown and sometimes even wears a Tank Top to operate in.. 

The next offense is a tech again with no hair net while giving a cat anesthesia before Dr. Jeff extracts the string this poor cat swallowed…


The camera zooms in…you see the problem with this? We hope so.. Keep scrolling..


Dr. Jeff Bailer who is looking at bird feces does not only not use gloves when getting the sample from the cage..


Dr. Baier also does not use gloves when putting the bird feces on a slide..

Dr Baier also handles equipment with no gloves after handling feces..


When Dr. Baier returns to tell the patient everything looks good.. I highly doubt he washed his hands but happens next gives me the chills..


What is horrifying–here is a Doctor (Dr. Baier) with his hands by this birds mouth instructing the patient how to give the bird medication after he just collected the birds feces.. I do not have good faith Dr. Baier washed his hands.

Why wearing Proper Surgical Attire Is Important 

Construction workers must wear hard hats and police officers wear bullet proof vests; there should be no reason why Veterinarians & their staff  should not wear proper attire.

Surgical attire that should be worn by medical professionals in any medical setting and -or- surgery department regardless if you are operating on animals or humans includes; the head cover, masks, scrub suit at the minimum  demonstrated by Dr. Michael Lavigne of, The Vet Life. To be fair, the gentleman standing next to Dr. Lavigne does not have a head cover or suit on and should, but he does not have long hair and is not actually operating on the animal. Kudos again for operating in a restricted area.

Surgery should be performed in restricted areas regardless if you are trying to help animals and are on a limited budget.  Dr. Jeff does more than spaying & neutering animals. Animal Planets Press Release spoke about Dr. Jeff working with mysterious illnesses.  You are dealing with body fluids here not to mention the lack of minimization of staff personnel traffic flowing through the surgery area–it should be minimal. Dr. Jeff and his staff, it appears they operate in the open.  The photo below shows one surgical procedure going on while something else is taking place behind her.

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Gloves & Hand Washing

Washing your hands is a must and not just in medicine.  Hands are one of the most common ways in which infection is spread. Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep you and your furry patients from getting sick and/or preventing the spread of illness and diseases. Cleaning your hands gets rid of germs you pick up from other people and animals; the parvovirus comes to mind here. From the surfaces you touch -to- the animals you come in contact with, you risk spreading diseases by not keeping your hands clean. By handling animal feces with no gloves on; you risk spreading a disease to your other patients. This is not rocket science here.  Where is the common sense? Does anyone have it on this show?

Dr. Jeff Baier collecting bird feces to examine with no gloves

Dr. Jeff Baier collecting bird feces to examine with no gloves


Dr. Baier collecting the feces on a slide

Dr. Baier collecting the feces on a slide

Wearing gloves while doing a fecal exam is also important and Dr. Baier should know this.  Not only are you risking getting the feces under your nails which may not be seen by the naked eye no matter how careful you think are being; it doesn’t matter if anything is found in the feces–you are dealing with feces.  Then touching  equipment not only after you handled with the feces with your hands and on the slide– when the next staff member touches the equipment, nothing good comes out of this.

Dr Baier looking at the bird feces using a microscope with no gloves on..

Dr Baier looking at the bird feces using a microscope with no gloves on..

Don’t get me started on Dr. Baier then going back in using them same dirty hands to show the patient how to give her bird the medication. Again; due to Dr. Baier’ s appalling practices; I have no faith he washed his hands and that is sad to me. img_2887

Animal Planet showed, Dr. Amy Hutcheson putting gloves on..

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However, Animal Planet did not show Dr. Hutchson washing/scrubbing her hands and forearms before putting her latex gloves on which by the way, gloves should be put on by one of her co workers… What also is troubling, the type of gloves Dr. Hutcheson has on; latex gloves which can easily puncture. Dr. Jeff & staff should be using latex free gloves. Also what is troubling is; Dr. Hutcheson, Dr. Nichols, Dr. Jeff & all his staff have their forearms exposed in surgery.

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 You are dealing with blood and body fluids that easily can seep through the gloves this is why latex free gloves should be used instead of latex gloves. As for the forearms being exposed; not only scrubbing your forearms is important along with washing your hands; you not only risk fluids getting on your skin and if the fluids get in the tiniest cut–you are going to have a lot of problems. You also will have a lot of problems let’s say if you are sweating and your arm pits are exposed.. Come on. Should we even have to address this?  Just because you can not see splatter with the naked eye–does not mean anything. This is vet basics 101.  Surgury is evasive, you are cutting open a person and/or animal– just because the patient is an animal and not a human–short cuts should never be taken.

Props to Dr. Darria Blue, of, The Vet Life

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Dr Blue wore gloves doing a sonogram on a dog..

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Read: Shocking! Animal Planet’s Show, Call of The Wild Man Sedating Animals For Show and Producers Cocky Response 

Head Covers

Did you know the average human loses 100 hairs a day?

Rather you are a doctor or staff working in a medical setting with animal or humans–your hair should be pulled back at all times just like if you work with food.  If you are performing the surgery or sedating the animal, your hair should be pulled back–preferably in a cap.  The photo below shows a good reason why: you risk your hair getting inside the animal or in it s mouth. This is so disturbing and shameful.  Not only are multiple surgeries being done in a public area meaning: not where the general public can come in, but where the other staff are and performing surgery on various animals. One time I heard someone coughing in the background while these poor furry animals are being cut open while watching the show. You also have other staff running around with their hair not restrained.

img_2868img_2867 While I understand Dr. Hutcheson’s hair was pulled back while she participated in one of her first surges, what I can not understand is; both Dr. Hutcheson and Dr. Nichols both knew they were being filmed; Dr. Hutcheson is young and being this is one of her first procedures, this tells me she is either still in Vet School or just graduated; so why not do it the way you were taught?  Why does Dr. Nichols think it’s okay for Dr. Hutcheson to not wear a head cover knowing she would be participating while Dr. Nichols herself would be wearing one?

Note: God only knows what precautions the film crew is not taking and should be taking while filming these evasive procedures. 

You have heard the saying; “it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks”? I fear this young doctor, Dr. Hutcheson despite being fresh out of vet school and learning the proper way, she will use these bad habits in the future and for the rest of her career.

Gowns & Masks

It is important to wear gowns & surgical masks while performing surgery as Dr. Lavinge & his staff did on, The Vet Life for many reasons.

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For one, you are seeing multiple patients a day and are coming in contact with not only just other animals–you are also in contact with people who also have animals. Another reason; it doesn’t matter if you are coming in contact with other people or animals–you should be wearing a gown because, you are working on an animal with their insides exposed to the air, you don’t know what you touched that could fall off in to that animal and what liquids you are getting on yourself to only get on someone else.  It does not matter how clean you think you are.  These rules & procedures (and laws?) are in places for a reason.

The masks are so while you are talking to your workers such as when instructing them to hand you something–some people spit when they talk and don’t realize it. Again, just because you can’t see something with the naked eye does not mean it didn’t happen. The mask also decreases the risk of microbes being blown in to the animal and or person. This is especially critical at a time when a strikingly high percentage of healthcare professionals have been found to harbor MRSA in their nostrils according to Veterinary News .

We could go on and on about the unsafe practices Dr. Jeff & his staff use, but at the end of the day, Dr. Jeff is an experienced vet and he should know better. It angers me the short cuts Dr. Jeff takes because he knows better.  I understand that Dr. Jeff is a nice guy and does a lot for his community and has taken care of many pets with out charging.. I get it. But Dr. Jeff is doing more harm than good by not having staff and himself practice medicine in a safe manner. It’s appalling and quite frankly it’s disturbing that no one else has said something.

The viewer who sent these photos in (screen shots from the tv when the show was on) called, Planned Pet Hood (Plus) in Colorado and wanted to speak to someone about these issues–they hung up on her.  We can only hope that Dr. Jeff will do better because when you know better you do better.

Update:

Minus the language, another example.