Tales of an African Vet

Tales of an African Vet is a fascinating series of vignettes from the life of author Roy Aronson. The stories follow his real life experiences as a veterinarian in South Africa and his patients range from elephants and lions in the wild, to snakes and squirrel monkeys brought into a clinic for treatment.

Dr. Aronson shows a depth of passion for his work and for all the animals he treats that reveals a sense of compassion as great as his intelligence. The book is amazing for its details of science and medicine - and the logistics behind treating incredibly large and dangerous wild animals - as well as the knowledge and interesting facts about the variety of animals encountered (from rhinos to alligators to hedgehogs to koi).

The book was well written and the format of stories rather than a single narrative provides a sweeping coverage of the grand scale of Dr. Aronson's work. This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in African animals, exotic veterinary medicine, or just a great biography of a man with an extraordinary job.

3 Response to "Tales of an African Vet"

  1. Sonia says:
    December 5, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Thank you for posting this. I'm not off to add this to my reading list. The cover is what grabbed me first (I adore elephants), but I also love animal-related memoirs so this is right up my alley. Thanks again!

  2. Sam (Tiny Library) says:
    December 6, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    This one has been on my radar for a while, I'm looking forward to reading it.

  3. StephanieD says:
    December 7, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    I would love to visit South Africa and see these animals for myself! How fascinating to work and live with these creatures.

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