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All My Patients Have Tales: Favorite Stories from a Vet's Practice [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Wells
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All My Patients Have Tales is a heartwarming and funny collection of stories by a dedicated veterinarian featuring wild horses, porcupine-quill-covered dogs, male cats in labor, an extremely ornery pygmy donkey, an enormous hog, as well as many other domestic, and not so “domestic” animals. Wells begins his work as an inexperienced recent college grad and emerges a caring and beloved veterinarian. Affording the reader an inside glimpse into his daily life, he narrates many uplifting, life-altering, lifethreatening, and hilarious episodes.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–Wells recounts his rigorous education and on-the-job training as a vet in rural South Dakota and then in a Rocky Mountain community in Colorado. As the junior member of a practice, it was Wells who had to answer the late-night emergency calls. His 36 stories range from treating circus animals to miniature pigs to yaks, along with a host of cat, dog, and horse anecdotes. Wells writes with compassion, humor, and wonder, and does a compelling job of engaging readers. No amount of education prepared him for the kinds of situations he faced, many of which were challenging, frightening, and often dangerous. Difficult situations that include euthanasia are included and yet, throughout his memoir, Wells's love of animals and the personal satisfaction he feels shine through. Because mixed-animal practices are hard to find, readers learn of an almost lost profession. Teens who love animals or have enjoyed James Herriot's books are the obvious candidates for this one. The short, down-home stories filled with heartfelt emotion and laugh-out-loud incidents will resonate with reluctant readers as well.–Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA END

From Booklist

Newly minted veterinarian Wells is on one of his first calls—a cow trying to deliver a dead calf—when after two hours of unceasing labor, he decides to try another approach, and one of the onlooking farmers says, “That’s what you should have done to begin with!” So begins the education of a young vet, the on-the-job training that no amount of schooling can provide. Chasing a calving cow around a pasture with no assistance from his technician (she was embarrassed to move—she’d laughed so hard she’d wet her pants), fending off the attacks of three “watch turkeys,” frightening truckers with his blood-soaked hands after stitching up a horse, or easing the passing of a cancer-ridden cat, Wells began to hone his skills. A move to Colorado didn’t immediately improve his finances but did improve his buffalo-wrangling skills and his ability to remove porcupine quills from overzealous dogs and donkeys. Another winning veterinary memoir deserving of space next to the immortal James Herriot and his heirs. --Nancy Bent

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA0AK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for Animal Lovers March 29, 2007
Dr. Wells has brought the world and challenges of being a Veterinarian into your home in this wonderful and well written book about his experiences. I bought the book for my niece, but had to read it before she ever got it. She is in Vet school and bought more for her friends. My brother, a M.D., enjoyed it immensely. We ordered more for other members of the family and friends. It is not only stories about dogs (as the cover indicates) but animals - large and small - that Dr. Wells has helped. It is touching, warm, educational, interesting, intriguing and a most enjoyable read! Any Vet wannabes or just people loving animals will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! February 4, 2008
This book is so well written, and truly IS a modern-day James Herriot book, like I read in the other review. If you love animals, this is a MUST read. You will have a new appreciation for what veterinarians do on a daily basis, and the people that they come across, too. I highly recommend this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Vet with a Heart May 2, 2010
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I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if, years ago, I had not read very similar books written by James Herriot. This book is written along the same lines - insecure vet meets contrary animals with insensitve owners - but Jeff Wells does not have the same level of writing skills of a James Herriot. But once I had managed to stop comparing the two vets, I enjoyed these short stories very much, although at times I wished they were not quite so short. The only real criticism I would offer is that Wells does not seem to know the meaning of certain words. He uses words such as 'sneer', 'smirk' and 'leer' quite frequently as discriptors and more often that not, they are clearly not used properly. For instance, when a owner stabbed his finger into an area that Wells had just cleaned in preparation for surgery, Wells said that he leered at him. Maybe he meant glared? He talks about one of his colleagues smirking at his inexperience, and another sneeringly asking him a question, implying a level of unfriendliness that was not in keeping with his descriptions of them. Other than the grammatical distractions and a paucity of detail, I found this book worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inhale Deeply April 8, 2008
"A breath of fresh air" applies to Jeff Wells' collection of stories that demonstrate "why veterinary medicine is a true calling." Sure, he's sloshed through a lot of poop, been rained on by vomit, and reached into the abyss of numerous cows and horses, but he's also treated a leather clad chihuahua named Megadeath, released puppies stuck in their father's (?) birth canal, and experienced a lifetime of opportunities to laugh at himself. Read ALL MY PATIENTS HAVE TALES. Inhale deeply; you'll get a wonderful whiff of ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening April 12, 2008
This is a very easy read and certainly illuminates the life of a vet! It's so interesting to hear the story behind the person. My wife and I both read this book in our spare moments each day. We always looked forward to to our opportunities to read about the next 'adventure', often sharing a chuckle between us! After the last chapter, we found ourselves wanting to read still further!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mother of future Vet March 3, 2010
My 10-year old loves this book. Some of the words and subject matter are too mature for her level of reading. But, she skips over the parts she doesn't understand. She thoroughly enjoys the book. She wants to become a veterinarian-so this book helps her imagine what it is like. I gave her 3 or 4 veterinarian books for Christmas-but this is the one she has commented about the most.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All My Patients Have Tales March 20, 2007
I enjoyed the book very much! However, the reason I purchased two copies was that I currently teach adult reading and writing and was looking for material with adult interest. My readers are not reading at the level the book was written, so I was not able to use it for that purpose at this time. The vocabulary is very rich and I will be able to use it as the students I teach improve their skills. I have a new respect for veterinarians!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book! Reminds me of Herriot August 5, 2010
"Patients" is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. It reminds me more than a little of James Herriot, without as much of the family stuff that I found a little tedious with Herriot. I can't wait to read more from this author!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A delight!! A++
Published 12 days ago by Nan Kuney
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Too good and hilarious
Published 1 month ago by Suresh Ramchandran
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book !!!
This book is wonderful, especially if you are an animal lover. A couple of the short chapters made me laugh out loud and one chapter, after reading it, I couldn't stop laughing,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dee from Gary, Indiana
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the stories. Would read more of his books with new stories.
Published 1 month ago by N H Mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars great for aspiring vets.
Good book. My child loves it and has reread it several times. Any child aspiring to be a veterinarian will appreciate this book.
Published 2 months ago by telling the truth
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book is well written, easy to read and makes you stay up late to read the next chapter! Downloading the next one now....
Published 2 months ago by Janis
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope Jeff Wells keeps writing. I enjoyed every moment of this book.
Such a wonderful book and well written. I WANT MORE! I have already purchased his other book: ALL MY PATIENTS KICK AND BITE, but have not had a chance to read it yet.
Published 3 months ago by Zelda Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars It is fantastic. I highly recommend it--it is insightful
I read every animal book I can get my hands on. RARELY does one make me laugh out loud--but this one did.
It is fantastic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book. As a future large animal vet myself
What an endearing, wonderful book. As a future large animal vet myself, I enjoyed every second of it.
Published 4 months ago by Sky Moulden
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read. It's easy to pick up/put down
OK, let me just say that Jeff Wells is hilarious! This is a great read. It's easy to pick up/put down, and I was able to read it in 2 days with a toddler underfoot! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elizabeth Fine
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More About the Author

Dr. Wells is a practicing veterinarian in the foothills of Colorado. A 1988 graduate of Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Wells has cared for my types of domestic species and some not so domestic species during his career.

He has written "All My Patients Have Tales" and "A Veterinarian's Handbook for Horse Husbands"

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