If You Love Animals, You Have Got To Read These Five Books About Veterinarians

Published on January 3, 2018 by arothstein

The Holidays are over, and winter is here: there’s snow in the mountains, and the cold wind is right outside your window. It is a great time to cozy up with a good book. If you love animals, these five books about veterinarians will make for perfect reading to beat the post-holiday blues.


1. All Creatures Great and Small

By James Herriot

If there’s one book that has inspired almost everyone working as a veterinarian today, it is James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. It tells the stories of his life working as a veterinarian in the country town of Thirsk, in Yorkshire, England. His poignant stories connect his love of animals with a vanishing way of traditional farm life. His stories were so powerful that he was even knighted by the Queen. And if you love All Creatures Great and Small, there are two more books in the series: All Things Bright and Beautiful, and All Things Wise and Wonderful.


2. Always Faithful: A Memoir of the Marine Dogs of WWII

By William W. Putney

At the height of WWII, the young veterinarian William W. Putney joined the Marine Corps and becomes commander of the Third Dog Platoon, His platoon fought in Guam, and eventually Putney became the chief veterinarian of the War Dog Training School. This book is both his memoir, and a tender memorial to the countless dogs he trained, and the important role they played in supporting American soldiers during WWII.


3. And Miles to Go Before I Sleep: A British Vet in Africa

By Hugh Cran

Hugh Cran was a Scottish veterinary surgeon in Aberdeenshire when, in 1966, he answered a small ad in the paper which led to a job in Nakuru, Kenya. There he cared for the cattle of Maasai herders and white settlers, as well as raising his own family. In the beautiful landscape of the African savannah, Cran’s memoir is a vivid portrait of Kenya, as well as some of the most exciting veterinary adventures you will ever read.


4. Ever by My Side

By Nick Trout

Nick Trout is well-known for his best-selling books telling the stories of the animals he treats while working as a veterinarian in Boston. This book, though, is a touching personal memoir of his own pets and the profound influence they had on a young boy, and how he grew up to be a veterinarian.


5. The Souls of All Living Creatures

By Vint Virga

Many books about veterinarians focus on the profound impact animals have on human lives, but in this book veterinarian Vint Virga explores the inner world of animals themselves. Inspired by the close bond he noticed pets had with their owners, Virga’s writing is a thoughtful portrait of the world as animals experience it, and the close bonds we forge with them.


Bonus: Northern Farm: A Chronicle of Maine

By Henry Beston

Although he’s not a veterinarian, naturalist Henry Beston’s classic memoir about life on a rustic farm in Maine will be a joy for anyone who is a fan of the books of James Herriot. Beston retreats from the busy, urban world of Boston to live with his wife on a farm in Maine, where he keeps up the old traditions depending on animals rather than machines. It’s a modern day classic about a bygone era, when animals played a much larger role in our lives, written by one of America’s great nature writers.

If any of these stories inspire you, you should consider earning an associate degree in veterinary technology from Broadview University so that you can turn your love of animals into a career.

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