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MSU graduate is veterinarian on Nat Geo Wild new series, Bandit Patrol

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

January 14th, 2015

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MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University graduate Dr. Jared Tapp appears in the premiere of Bandit Patrol, a new television series on the National Geographic Channel (Nat Geo Wild). The first episode of Bandit Patrol can be seen on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m. (Central).

The show features wildlife rehabilitation, a profession that appeals to those with a strong will and a big heart. In rural western Kentucky, three women have taken on the responsibility to care for wild animals that are injured, orphaned or in need, with the ultimate goal of returning them back to the wild. The series follows the women as they care for the animals and take them to needed visits with their veterinarians.

Tapp co-owns and is a veterinarian at Pennyrile Animal Clinic in Madisonville, Ky. In the first episode of the show Tapp is caring for Red, a squirrel brought to him by wildlife rehabilitator Nancy. The squirrel is suffering from the mange and a secondary bacterial skin infection. Nancy gets a reminder in Tapp’s office that wildlife is unpredictable in the “Blood, Sweat and Racoons” episode.

Tapp is one of a few veterinarians in West Kentucky who donate time to help rehabilitate wildlife in the area; he will likely appear in additional episodes of Bandit Patrol.

While he cares for and appreciates all species in the animal kingdom, and is a small and large animal veterinarian, horses are Tapp’s specialty — their breeding, nutrition and overall care. But, upon occasion, he finds himself treating more nontraditional pets such as birds, snakes and rabbits, along with wildlife such as Red.

Along with his regular veterinary practice and his work with injured and sick wildlife, Tapp is also on the Hopkins County Humane Society Board and is the county veterinarian, meaning that for any animal cruelty or abuse cases he is called to the home/property to make an assessment.

Tapp lives in Hanson, Ky., with his wife, Kris-Ann, who is also an MSU graduate, and their son, Eli. Jared and Kris-Ann own and operate a 50-acre horse farm, Circle T Equine Farms.

Jared graduated from Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture in December 2006, and earned a master’s degree in agriculture with an emphasis in equine reproduction from MSU two years later. He earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Auburn University, graduating with honors in 2012.

To check out Tapp’s part in a short video of the Bandit Patrol premiere episode, go online at channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/bandit-patrol/videos/a-sneak-squirrel-attack/

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Jared Tapp at work in his office

Dr. Jared Tapp (above) examines a patient, a black Labrador retriever named Norville, with the help of an assistant in his veterinary practice at the Pennyrile Animal Clinic in Madisonville, Ky. Tapp appears in the premiere episode of Nat Geo Wild’s series, Bandit Patrol.

— Photo provided by Kris-Ann Tapp

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