Actually I would give this ten stars. If you only read one book of Nick Trout's, this is the one. It give an insider's view of an extremely competent, caring and erudite Vet, treating not on "the patient" but the owner and the budding interns around him all I can say is, WOW.
I really enjoyed this book. It is quite different from Herriot's books (although both were set in Great Britain) as Herriot was a country vet who wrote about a time when antibiotics were just coming into use and where he saw a lot of large animals and got to know their owners very well. Trout is a modern animal surgeon, writing by his experiences in the first decade of the 21st century, where he mainly deals with cats and dogs and some other unusual small animals.
I learned a lot about how much veterinary medicine has improved and, therefore, why it is more expensive now to take my dog to the vet than it was 10 or 15 years ago. I also learned how much one much love to take care of animals to become a vet as the renumeration is not great and (esp for a surgeon) the hours can be quite long.
The author takes a number of events in his practice and puts stories about them as asides as he goes through 24 hours in one busy day of work. I wasn't sure it would "work" when I read the introduction, but it fell into place well.
An eye-opening look into the day of a veterinarian. It is touching and unflinching, in turn.
Its 2:47am when Dr. Trout takes the phone call that starts another hectic day at the Angell Animal Medical Center …..
this sentence starts off another journey into the life of Dr. Nick Trout. It’s a humorous, compassionate and sometimes sad novel of the day to day dealings in the life of a veterinarian surgeon. I found it not only very educational but also interesting and a definite read for anyone who is an animal lover. I came away feeling I knew a bit more about the workings of behind the scenes at an animal hospital. It certainly isn’t filled with sweet little stories but of true facts and sometimes gruesome detail but don’t let that deter you from picking up this wonderful novel.
I was expecting James Herriot. What I got were a few short case histories sandwiched between long sidetracking diatribes about completely irrelevant topics. Oh, and a note to the pathetic excuse of an editor who proof-read this train wreck of errors: Distraught owners “bawl” their eyes out; they don’t “ball” them out (at least not in public). Crazy dogs “wreak” havoc, they don’t “reek” it. And to the best of my knowledge, it is not possible to “peak” inside an animal. You may want to “peek” inside instead. Jeez.
Like James Harriott for small animals
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Nick Trout gives readers an insight into the side of the animal health industry that pet owners (sorry, I refuse to call us pet "parents") don't often understand very well. He treats his patients and their owners with respect, the latest medical technology and good old-fashioned know-how and evokes tears and laughter in doing it. His writing is occasionally a bit stiff and he jumps around a bit - he'll start a story then jump back into the past to describe some earlier event that has bearing on the current one, then back to the current event - but this is still a very enjoyable book
A fantastic read about some of the episodes in a surgical vet's life. It does jump around a bit, and is more focused on dogs than cats (and of course, their owners). Really interesting for those considering a veterinary career, those involved with animal rescue/care, and those who own animals. And especially if you like veterinary medical procedures but don't get to see them, there are some good anecdotes.
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