From Publishers Weekly
This is the perfect gift for anyone considering becoming a veterinarian. Trout, a staff surgeon at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center, has exactly the traits that any pet owner would wish to find in a vet: he's smart, sensitive, experienced, empathic and has an excellent sense of humor. He also happens to be an excellent writer, and his personality suffuses the many stories sifted from recollections of thousands of animal encounters during his 25 years of practice and compressed in this account into one day. Trout shows how the daily life of a veterinarian requires the ability to be a social worker, a psychologist, a grief counselor, mentor, carpenter, plumber, cosmetologist, athletic coach, magician, grim reaper, and occasionally, guardian angel. And in some of the more heart rending stories, such as that of an older widowed man dealing with the potential loss of his shepherd companion, Sage, Trout shows his sensitivity to the fact that in each case, The rewards and strength of the bonds with the animals in their lives proved irresistible, irrepressible, and more than worth the risk. (Mar. 11)
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Far from the rustic environs of James Herriot’s Yorkshire Dales comes an equally heartwarming, yet high-tech, memoir of a veterinarian. Trout is a staff surgeon at a large veterinary practice in Boston and writes with equal facility of the clinical side of animal surgery and the emotional side of the human bond with animals. Couching his stories as a 24-hour “day in the life of,” the author has squeezed his reminiscences into a single day to capture “the pace, the rush, and the intensity of all that is new in twenty-first-century veterinary medicine.” As he moves from the 2:00 a.m. emergency surgery on a dog with a twisted bowel to an outwardly male boxer with an undescended testicle and an infected uterus, or euthanizes an old Labrador retriever, Trout looks back on earlier cases, muses on such subjects as the ethics of euthanasia and the costs of modern veterinary procedures, and wonders at the different ways the love shared between owner and animal is expressed. This is an addictively readable chronicle of what it means to be a veterinarian today. --Nancy Bent