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.