Is Dr. Jeff Young cancer-free? His wiki/bio, net worth, wife, kids.

Jeffery Dale Young, better known as Dr. Jeff Young or Dr. Jeff, is an American veterinarian and a reality TV star. He has been practicing veterinary medicine for more than 32 years.

Standing at 6ft 1in, he sports kanji tattoos on his biceps and has an effortlessly cool personality. But his work as an animal health practitioner speaks louder than anything else. He strives to provide affordable service and veterinary care in America and all over the world.

Dr Jeff Young
Veterinary doctor Jeff Young

Motivated by what he witnessed in real life, such as negligence and abuse of companion animals, Dr. Jeff holds a firm belief in controlling the overpopulation of pets, and hence advocates for early-age spay/neutering. Personally, this astonishing doctor has sterilized more than 165,000 animals.

Dr. Jeff is also a TV star of Animal Planet’s TV show “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet.” The show follows the work of Dr. Jeff and his staff at Planned Pethood Plus as they perform procedures both routine and urgent to save animals. His wife Dr. Petra, who is also a vet, joins him in the show.

In this article, you will learn more about Dr. Jeff’s life, career, achievements, and challenges. You will also find out about his cancer battle, and how he continues to inspire millions of animal lovers around the world. Is Dr. Jeff cancer-free now? How did he discover his cancer in the first place? These are some of the questions that we will answer in this article, as we explore the fascinating story of Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet.

Dr. Jeff Young Birthdate and Age. Know his early life

Dr. Jeff Young was born on April 14, 1956, in Indiana, U.S., and holds American nationality. He had a nomadic childhood as a military brat, moving around frequently with his mother Esther Stevens and his army stepfather. He faced many challenges and changes in his life, but he always found comfort and joy in animals. He spent his summers at his grandparents’ farms, where he learned to care for cows, pigs, corn, and soybeans.

Jeff’s love for animals inspired him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. He graduated from Rantoul High School and enrolled at Colorado State University, where he also worked as an animal welfare officer. He completed his degree in 1989 and fulfilled his dream of becoming a veterinarian.

Career & Progresion

While still in college, Dr. Jeff worked as an animal welfare officer, which taught him the importance of ethics and compassion in animal care. In 1990, he founded Planned Pethood Plus, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic that aims to reduce pet overpopulation and suffering by offering affordable and sensible veterinary services to everyone. Since then, Dr. Jeff has expanded his practice to include all kinds of animals, from domestic pets and livestock to exotic and wildlife species.

Dr. Jeff Young and his wife Petra Young performing surgery
Dr. Jeff Young and his wife Petra Young performing surgery

In 2000, Dr. Jeff established Planned Pethood International, a non-profit organization that has set up full-service training hospitals in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Merida (Mexico). Through this initiative, Dr. Jeff has trained over 300 veterinarians from around the world and participated in various animal welfare projects, such as spay/neuter campaigns, rescue missions, and disaster relief efforts.

He also runs the Planned Pethood Veterinary Hospital and Training Center in Conifer, Colorado, a state-of-the-art facility that offers affordable and quality care to more animals and educates veterinary students. In addition, he has served on several humane society boards, given lectures at colleges, and starred in his own television show, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. His remarkable work has earned him several awards and accolades from the public and his peers. He has received several awards, such as the Alex Lewyt Veterinary Medical Center Award of Achievement and the El Grito 5K Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Jeff Young’s TV career

Dr. Jeff’s journey to television fame began when he caught the attention of Double Act, a British production firm, through a YouTube video of a lecture that he had given. Although he was initially hesitant to accept their offer, he saw it as an opportunity to spread his message of animal welfare and education. He agreed to let the cameras follow him and his team as they treated a variety of animals, from dogs and cats to horses and bears.

The show titled ‘Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet” premiered on Animal Planet on July 11, 2015, and has since concluded eight seasons, attracting millions of viewers and fans. The show not only features the medical cases that Dr. Jeff and his team encounter, but also reveals their personal lives, including their family, hobbies, and health challenges. The show’s ninth season has not been renewed.

Dr Jeff Young Rocky Mountain Vet
Dr.Jeff Young Rocky Mountain Vet

Dr. Jeff’s television career has been both rewarding and challenging for him. He has enjoyed reaching a wider audience and raising awareness about animal issues, such as overpopulation, abuse, and neglect. He has also received positive feedback and support from his fans, who appreciate his dedication and compassion. However, he has also faced some difficulties, such as balancing his work and personal life, dealing with the stress and pressure of being on camera, and coping with the criticism and negativity from some viewers and online trolls.

Dr. Jeff Young Cancer & Update

Dr. Jeff’s cancer journey began in 2014 when he was first diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma. He found out he had cancer by chance by chance. He did karate and got massages sometimes. Once, a massage caused a sharp arm pain, which he shrugged off. Two weeks later, the pain came back and reached his jaw and left arm. Worried about a heart attack, he rushed to the hospital. An X-ray showed a big mass near his heart. It was B-cell lymphoma.

Dr. Jeff bravely fought his cancer with chemotherapy, while continuing to work at his clinic, Planned Pethood, and care for animals in need. His wife, Petra, supported him throughout his journey and helped him shave his long hair. His cancer battle was also documented in the 2016 season of Dr. Rocky Mountain Vet. Dr. Jeff was not afraid of death, as he told The Denver Post,

“Attitude is everything in life. Had my last pet scan done today, hoping I’m free and clear, but even if it’s not I’m not gonna cry about it. I don’t have real phobia of death, I guess.”

After undergoing several chemotherapy sessions, Dr. Jeff’s cancer was cured. He told Curetody in 2018 that he was in good health and said,

“I have a lot of energy and feel wonderful. I exercise and work every day. I go for a CT scan every year and a half.”

In May 2023, he expanded his mission by opening a new clinic in Conifer, Colorado. He did not share his health issues publicly, but Linda Dinwiddie, a faithful client and fan of Dr. Jeff, disclosed that Dr. Jeff’s cancer had come back, and this time it was worse. She wrote:

“As he was about to launch the new facility, he received the devastating news that his cancer had returned, and this time it was a different and more aggressive form.”

She also launched a fundraiser on August 25, 2023, to assist him with his medical costs and the expenses of running the new clinic. The fundraiser has gathered over $5,000 so far, and many people have shown their respect and thankfulness for Dr. Jeff. Linda Dinwiddie said,

“Dr. Jeff has done so much for us and our pets, and now it’s our turn to help him. He is a hero and a friend, and we want him to know that we are with him in this fight.”

Net Worth- How Rich is Dr. Jeff Young?

Dr. Jeff Young’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 M as of 2024. His main source of income is his clinic, Planned Pethood Plus, which charges low fees for its services but has a high volume of clients. He also earns money from his TV show, Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet, which is one of the highest-rated shows on Animal Planet. Dr. Jeff lives a modest lifestyle and prefers to invest his money in his foundation and his clinic, as well as in traveling and exploring new places with his wife.

Dr. Jeff Young married to Petra Mickova

Dr. Jeff is married to Petra Mickova who is also a Veterinarian doctor and also the co-star of the show “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet”. The couple met in 2010 when Petra was a trainee under Dr. Jeff. They got married in 2014 and currently live in Colorado.

Dr Jeff Young and his wife Dr. Petra Young
Dr. Jeff Young and his wife, Dr. Petra Young

They do not have any children together, but Jeff has three children from his previous marriage, one of whom, Melody Obuobisa, works as the practice manager at the clinic. Dr. Jeff is passionate about helping animals and has sterilized over 165,000 of them. He also enjoys coaching high school cross-country runners and practicing karate at the dojo in his spare time. Dr. Petra is an excellent surgeon and a valued member of the clinic staff. She is an avid reader and likes to keep herself competitive by learning new things.

Dr. Jeff Young Wiki/Bio Facts

Full nameJeffrey Young
Date of birthApril 14, 1956
Place of birthIndiana, USA
Zodiac signAries
HeightAbout 6 ft. 1 inch or 185 cm
WeightAbout 80 kg or 176 pound
HairBrown with grey
EyeLight hazel
Marital statusMarried
First wifeDeb Burns
ChildrenMelody, Ivy, and Dylan
Current wifePetra Young Mickova
PetsSeveral dogs, cats, horses, pigs, goats, and a tortoise
EducationColorado State University (veterinary medicine)
OccupationVeterinarian, TV personality, producer
Career startAnimal welfare officer in Colorado
Clinic namePlanned Pethood Plus
Clinic locationWheat Ridge, Colorado
Clinic missionTo make vet care affordable for everyone and to promote the spaying and neutering of pets
Clinic servicesSurgery, dentistry, acupuncture, laser therapy, and more
TV show nameDr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet
TV show networkAnimal Planet
TV show debutJuly 11, 2015
Cancer DiagnosisB-cell lymphoma in 2016
Cancer treatmentChemotherapy and surgery
Net worth$1.5 million (estimated)
PhilanthropyParticipates in spay and neuter clinics around the world


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