BLOOMINGTON — Star of “Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet,” Jeff Young will spend Saturday in Bloomington, meeting local fans at the Prairie Aviation Museum.

Young, joined by his wife and co-star Dr. Petra, will take part in the monthly Open Cockpit Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to help raise money for the volunteer-run museum.

One of those volunteers is Young’s mother, Esther Stevens of Bloomington. She invited him to take a short break away from Planned Pethood International, his nonprofit animal clinic in Denver, to be the special guest.

“I’m kind of proud of him,” Stevens said, teasing her son whose show averages more than 1 million views per episode in its sixth season. “He’s done very well.”

The monthly Open Cockpit Days give visitors, especially kids, the opportunity to see inside the airplanes on display and talk with pilots.

“It’s hilarious to watch because (the kids) just get so excited about it,” Stevens said.

Young said he hopes a lot of people show up to see what the museum has to offer, and he expects to meet a lot of kids who want to be veterinarians when they grow up and “their compassion drives them.”

The main message of Dr. Jeff’s show is about helping and giving back to those who need it.

“I think the reason it’s so popular is because we stand for something,” he said. “You can make a good living without having to screw anybody over.”

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