Dr. Scott Sims, star of “Aloha Vet”

Aloha-Vet

Dr. Scott Sims—a veterinarian based on Kauai who travels across all the Hawaiian islands, treating a huge array of animals, often piloting his own plane to reach these clients, and is at the center of “Aloha Vet,” a new TV series on the Nat Geo Wild network—recounts what attracted him so potently to Kauai that he closed his Marin County practice, packed up and moved to the island.DrScottSimsAlohaVet-m-0227 He discusses how his new, Kauai-based practice took off immediately, in part because his 992d5733-2181-4c0c-b816-ff5e6a91512dbackground as an equine vet (when there wasn’t another in the area) made his services seriously sought after. Noting that he received his pilot’s license upon graduating from high school, Dr. Sims also explains how he began incorporating the flying of his plane into the practice while living in Northern California, as a way to expand, geographically, the number of animals he could treat, which has proven to be an even more defining trait of how Sims functions now. Indeed, in the initial episode of “Aloha Vet,” Dr. Sims–dubbed “The Barefoot Vet”–is shown looking after critters on Kauai, Molokai, Oahu and Maui. Not unrelated to the vast ground he covers by plane, Dr. Sims acknowledges that it’s not uncommon for him to see a wide (and wild) variety of species—on that debut episode, he treated a guinea pig, a horse, a dog, a pot-bellied pig (named Pablo Pigcasso), a goat, another dog, some rescue birds, and a deer. He also describes the steps that led to the creation of “Aloha Vet,” and what he hopes viewers take away from watching episodes of the show. (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/aloha-vet/)

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

One Reply to Dr. Scott Sims, star of “Aloha Vet”

  1. Sylvia says:

    My prayers go out to his family, friends and all his animal families. I have enjoyed his show so very much, learned a lot and loved the character of this man. I told my husband we should all be so lucky to find as much joy as Dr Sims found doing what he loved. It really showed the hughe heart he had for the animals and their humans. So grateful I got to see all of his shows, will watch again. Rest in peace.

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