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Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published March 11th 2008 by Broadway Books (first published 2008)
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One day in the life of a veterinary business. There were some interesting stories, but nothing out of the ordinary. What elevated the book for me was that it was a buddy read with my friend Sheila who has worked in both the practical and business side of veterinary medicine.

One of my cats, Talullah, suffered an agonising death when the vet couldn't find a vein to pop the 'going to sleep forever' medicine in. I wasn't there but it was so traumatic my son still can't speak of it. So I learned exa
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, but I just can't give it 4 stars. It is an interesting look at a modern vet & his hospital where he specializes in surgery on dogs & cats. There are plenty of references to Herriot & I think he wanted to write in that vein, but the tone was too uneven & he is too callous to carry that off. He didn't get the people the way Herriot did, although he does describe them superficially quite well.

Marg tried reading this, but put it down about a quarter of the way through, about the worst pa
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Animal lovers, veterinarians, vet students
Recommended to Matthew by: Border's convient product placement
As I was walking through Borders, during a rare moment of free time from my first year of veterinary school, I stumbled upon this book and bought it without a second thought. A decision I don't regret.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering a career in veterinary medicine or who is currently in veterinary school and needs their struggles to be put into perspective. Fear not, for those of you who are animal lovers and may not be knowledgeable about medicine, Dr. Trout doe
Chris Gordon
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book all around! Tell Me Where it Hurts had lots of funny anecdotes, heartwarming stories as well as its fair share of heartbreaking moments, and an overall inspirational feel to it.

I truly love animals and had even once considered becoming a veterinarian myself when I was a little kid, so I hold this book in very high regards due to its subject matter (though, you do not need to have an interest in veterinary sciences to enjoy this book to its fullest extent). I know that anyone w
I disagree with a lot of previous reviews of this book. In 280 some odd pages, Nick Trout has managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible and find words to describe the indescribable relationship between owner and pet. Seldom has an author been able to take something so abstract and create something tangible.

This book is less of a day in the life of a veterinarian than a collection of anecdotes and memories. Nick Trout chose to write it in this manner in order to cleverly convey the normal he
Melanie Moore
I know the average reader will go to this book for cutesy animal stories and they are there. For me, the read was therapeutic in a sense. It’s nice to hear that these sort of scenarios go down in other hospitals. There’s emergencies in the middle of the night, surgeries to remove the most disgusting things from intestines, owners who can’t stop trying to find a cure and people who think that veterinary medicine is a waste of the consumer’s money.

Veterinary medicine has challenges by the boatload
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Having spent hours in veterinary hospitals with various pets over the years, I am always curious about the lives on the other side of the table - the veterinarians. Their diagnoses are made often solely on observation, because their patients obviously can't communicate verbally about their distress (hence the ironic title.) And so Tell Me Where It Hurts revolves loosely on several different cases Trout, an orthopedic surgical specialist, sees in the course of a day.

Unlike many works of nonficti
Nancy Mills
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Listened to this on cd and found it just charming. A great glimpse into the life of a small animal vet, and into his head and heart as well. He deals with the dilemma of whether to keep pets alive, sometimes at significant costs. as opposed to euthanizing and ending their pain. Of course, there is no hard and fast rule; it's a judgement call, and it's often very tough. In spite of the sometimes very serious subject matter, the book is written with humor and sparkle and is generally upbeat ... a ...more
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another dog book down and ugh, I need all the snuggles that I can get guys.

Tell Me Where It Hurts just made me sob like a baby while reading the book. Oh my heart hurt throughout the entire book. I don't think I could ever be a vet because I would be way too busy giving them snuggles, loves, and treats instead of trying to figure out what was wrong.

It's okay, I'll stick to my day job (for now).

Other than that, I was intrigued by some of the stuff that was mentioned in this book. Especially when
Jamie Collins
Some nice animal stories, and not a bad read, but the writing is awkward and the book has no focus. It tries to cover too much territory for a short book and becomes a random collection of largely unsatisfying anecdotes.

The author is a veterinary surgeon who performs expensive procedures on pets, and he does demonstrate the controversy behind this, albeit without an in-depth discussion. For instance, he tells the story of an old man who is willing to spend money he can hardly spare on a complex,
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read as an audiobook. The reader does an excellent job bringing this story to life.
Since I am a veterinarian the information about the cases isn't foreign and I understand how telling the story of one case leads into the other stories Dr. Trout tells. Truly, this is what "a day in the life is like." For example, every time you see a GDV you immediately reflect back to all the failures of your previous similar cases and the only revisit the successes after that. You instantly reflect on what you
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: veterinary, dog-books
I was interested to see how realistic this book would be, since I work in the veterinary field, and was happy to find that the veterinarian author pretty much nails the things that would happen in the life of an emergency hospital veterinarian. The author does lump all of his unique and interesting cases into a one-day story, when the odds of seeing all these unique cases on any one day would be limited, but I am sure this was just done to keep the story interesting and to keep from having to te ...more
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The subtitle really says it all: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon.

Trout uses a “day-in-the-life” structure to relay various stories from his experience as a veterinary surgeon in Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston Massachusetts. He tells the reader in the introduction that the stories he relates are composites and examples of the cases he has dealt with.

I was expecting something in the way of James Herriott’s memoirs, but Trou
May 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Never judge a book by its cover! I was expecting a warm and fuzzy day-in-the-life-of saga. What I found instead, was a thoughtful, funny and sometimes illuminating look at veterinary medicine, specifically veterinary surgery. Perhaps more importantly though, this was also a book about relationships - between owner and pet, owner and vet, vet and pet.
To be sure, this book is not without its faults. Dr. Trout's writing style is very tangential in nature which often makes it difficult to figure out
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
I was disappointed by this book. When I picked it up I was hoping for more stories about the animals themselves, their struggles and triumphs. Instead the book is more about Dr. Trout himself and what it takes to be a vet. While that is interesting I think it took up more of the book than I wanted.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers, pet owners
I loved this book. I found it hard to put it down.

Not only did you get to read about Dr Trout's experiences with the animals he helps, but he also talks of things like pet insurance, pet obesity, exotic animals and more. I found it very informative.

If anyone owns a pet and/or is animal lover, this book is a must-read!

Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am conflicted about this book because I enjoyed the stories but found the in the author’s voice a narcissistic and misogynistic flavor complete with fat-shaming--so much so that I found myself yelling out loud at the book. I believe he cares about his furry patients but my guess is he’s not so great with people. Over all, this guy strikes me as the Donald Trump of veterinarians.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I used to think I could become a vet. Blame James Herriot. I loved his book and I absolutely LOVED the program. To me Robert Hardy will always be Siegfried Farnon, and Peter Davison will always be his brother Tristan (not the Doctor).

So, I was thrilled to start reading this. I lucked into this book. It was one of a stack of books my next-door neighbor gave me when I went to ask her for help with one of my dogs. My dog had started going a little lame and I was trying to find out if there was som
May 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: animals
I picked this book out for my stepdaughter who just had her first baby (I assume it will be her first...) last Thursday. She's a vet tech and I'm proud to say that I introduced her to the legendary James Herriott when I first started dating her dad those long years ago. Nick Trout is no James Herriott but he's not bad either. I don't think anyone could ever scale the summit to stand beside Herriott. What a wonderful, wonderful man was James. I still cry a little when I go back to his books - the ...more
Apr 27, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2008
I think the editors chose wrong, making this book an artificial "day in the life". Time in medicine, whether human or veterinary, is of major concern. How much time does the doctor spend with his patients? How much time is needed for a proper diagnosis? This writing choice, just gets the book and the reader off on the wrong foot. The one thing you want in a doctor and a writer is a sense of trust.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Second cutest dog ever on the cover.
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My middle-school non-fiction reader loved it. I thought it was OK. Definitely not up to the standard set by James Herriot for veterinary memoirs, but few are.
Steven Meyers
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s something dead inside you if ‘Tell Me Where It Hurts’ does not make you appreciate the challenges of being a veterinarian. Dr. Trout has the same inviting writing style associated with the late James Herriot of ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ fame. While Dr. Herriot described being a rural veterinarian, Dr. Trout gives the reader a view of being an attending at a Boston animal hospital.

The book was published in 2008. Most of the stories involve dog patients and an occasional cat episode
Carrie Daws
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book pulled me in and kept me coming back for just a little more even though I’m not what anyone would label as suitable for the medical field. Dr. Trout’s stories kept me engaged and wanting to know more, offering enough detail so I could understand without drowning me in medical jargon. He dives into the heart and mind of veterinary surgeons, sharing about some of the more complex issues with their field. And he shares about his patients and their owners in such a caring way that he took ...more
DNF. Enjoy his fiction, but not this book.
Ashley Pifer
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a person working in the veterinary field, this book was a fantastic recollection of all the various emotions you feel in any given day. It was heartwarming and yet heartbreaking.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthrozoology
Not all vets are going to be as good at being authors as James Herriot was. Not even every vet who tries to write a book will be able to pull off the magic Herriot did. Nick Trout certainly didn't. But he did manage to write a very readable, engaging, interesting, and thought-provoking book. I was startled by how fast I whipped through it. The stories of the animals themselves take center stage, as they should, and they were both enjoyable and occasionally heart-breaking, as expected in any book ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: animal enthusiasts
Recommended to Weaveaire by: NPR
I heard the review on NPR and thought I'd enjoy it. It was a bit disappointing as his style was not to my taste.
Pg 12"63% of US homes have a pet-may be a cat, bird, ferret or guinea pig but the chances are high that when someone close to you dies, a pet will be there to pick up the slack. Pets devour the loneliness. They give us purpose, responsibilitiy, a reason for getting up in the morning, and a reason to look to the future. They ground us, help us escape the grief, make us laugh and take fu
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Being a veterinarian, I obviously was going to like this book at least somewhat. But I thought it was written well for those that have no knowledge of veterinary medicine also. I especially liked it because it conveyed some of the difficulties of veterinary medicine, and I could relate with a lot of his points (like how EVERYONE thinks that their pet was abused at some point before they "rescued" it; so many people have told me that they think their pet was abused previously, and while I know th ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was expecting James Herriot. What I got were a few short case histories sandwiched between long sidetracking diatribes about mostly 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 i ...more
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