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All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
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Sep 14, 2010

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bookshelves: memoirs, veterinary-rural-practice

Pleasant and enjoyable stories about a veterinary surgeon and his farm animal patients and their owners in the 1940s.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Christopher Timothy. It was pleasant. It is partially autobiographical, but primarily fiction. It was written by a veterinary surgeon who worked in Yorkshire, England, starting in the 1940s. It is told in the first person and describes the working life of a country vet whose primary patents are large farm animals. He is sometimes injured by the animals, for example a horse kicking him. He also tells stories about the owners of the animals. For anyone interested in becoming a vet, I’d highly recommend this, but it is also entertaining for the rest of us. This is a period from the past before many drugs and modern treatments were discovered. I understand more vets today practice on dogs, cats, and other companion animals as opposed to large farm animals. Film and TV versions of the book are also available.

Copyright: 1972. Genre: memoirs, veterinary rural practice.
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