Dr. Jeff Young is an animal enthusiast. The 67-year-old veterinary doctor has devoted his entire life to animals. One of the renowned names when it comes to the veterinary industry, Jeff rose to fame following his appearance in the reality TV show, Dr. Jeff – Rocky Mountains Vet. The reality series which airs on Animal Planet focuses on the medical exploits of Dr. Jeff. Dr. Jeff is also the owner of the company, Planned Pet-hood and embodies a maverick, ‘can-do’ spirit. Dr. Jeff Young is not only a skilled and experienced vet, but also a compassionate and generous human being who has touched the lives of many animals and people. In this article, we take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Dr. Jeff Rocky.
Date of birth
April 14, 1956
Place of birth
Colorado State University
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinarian, TV personality, producer
$3 million (estimated)
Planned Pethood Plus
To make vet care affordable for everyone and to promote the spaying and neutering of pets.
Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
TV show network
TV show premiere date
July 11, 2015
TV show seasons
TV show episodes
First marriage date
First divorce date
Children from first marriage
Petra Young Mickova
Current marriage date
Children from current marriage
Several dogs and cats
B-cell Lymphoma in 2016
Chemotherapy and surgery
Jeffrey ‘Jeff’ Young was born on the 14th of April 1956, in Indiana USA. Jeff discovered his love for animals early on in his life. After the divorce of his parents, Jeff spent much of his early life with his mother Ester Stevens and Step-dad. Jeff decided to become a veterinary doctor after losing his childhood pet at the age of eight. After passing his matriculation from a local high school, Jeff enrolled at the Colorado State University. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in veterinary science.
Fresh out of college, Jeff started working as an animal welfare officer in Fort Collins, Colorado. After finding out that so many veterinary doctors are motivated by money, Dr.Jeff devised a plan for low-cost animal care for all. In accordance, he moved to Denver and started a clinic entitled Planned Pet-hood Plus. Situated in Denver, the clinic focused on providing low-cost animal care. Business continued to grow and Dr. Jeff began traveling all around the states with his mobile clinic. One of the major reasons for Dr. Jeff’s travels was to spay and neuter street animals. This helped to control the population of street dogs and cats that end up in shelter homes.
Over the years, Dr. Jeff has also established clinics in Slovakia and Mexico under the name of Planned Pet-hood International. Dr. Jeff’s booming career soon brought him, executive producers, from Animal Planet. They pitched him the idea for a TV show which Jeff readily accepted. This brings us to 2015 when the reality series, Dr. Jeff – Rocky Mountains Vet started airing. Viewers from around the world flocked on their TV screens to see Dr. Jeff perform life-saving surgeries.
Dr. Jeff Young is the founder of Planned Pethood Plus, an animal clinic that provides affordable and quality care for pets. He is also the star of the Animal Planet show Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet, which showcases his work and passion for animals. Dr. Jeff Young’s net worth is estimated to be $3 million. His main sources of income are his TV appearances and his revenues from his animal clinic. He is not only rich in money, but also in heart.
Battling with cancer
In 2016, Dr. Jeff young was diagnosed with B-cell Lymphoma. Upon further diagnosis, it was found that Jeff had an 8 cm mass in his lungs. He had to go through chemotherapy and lost his trademark long hair in the process. After chemo, Jeff came out even stronger and started focusing on animal care.
Dr.Jeff Young has been married twice. He has three children from his previous relationships, including Melody. Melody is a well-known figure around the clinic and is featured in several episodes of the reality series. Jeff is now married to Petra Mickova. The pair met after Petra started working at Jeff’s clinic. Over time their relationship grew stronger, and the pair got married in 2014. Apart from his love for animals, Jeff is a cross-country runner coach and a Karate teacher. When he is not on the surgery table, Jeff likes to spend his time in the dojo.
But Jeff’s strongest suit is his love and care for animals. Over the years, he has performed more than 165,000 surgeries and he does them at the lowest cost possible.
Controversies and rumors
Dr. Jeff has faced some rumors and controversies in his career. They are:
He was accused of health violations in 2017 by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and some fans. A video clip showed him performing surgery on an animal without wearing a mask, a gown, or any other protective gear. He also allowed a clipboard with paper and pens to pass over the surgical site, and had other people around him who were not wearing protective gear either. The AVMA criticized him for not following proper sanitary protocols and putting the animal at risk of infection.
He was accused of having sanitation issues at his animal shelter, Planned Pethood Plus. The shelter handles thousands of animals every year, which means that they are often crowded and exposed to various diseases. Some critics argued that the shelter was not clean enough and that the animals were not given adequate space or care.
He was accused of frequently insulting other vets and breeders. Dr. Young has strong opinions about animal welfare and veterinary medicine, and he does not hesitate to express them. He often criticizes other vets who charge high fees for their services, and calls them money-hungry. He also insults breeders who produce purebred or designer dogs, and blames them for contributing to the overpopulation and health problems of pets.
The equipment he uses at his clinic: Some of his detractors say that he and his staff endanger the animals they care for by using old-fashioned equipment and tools. They claim that because Dr. Young charges very little for his services, he cannot afford any of the advanced equipment that modern animal health centers have. They also suggest that Dr. Young should upgrade his equipment and follow the latest standards of veterinary medicine.