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Our range of veterinary books are perfect for beginners and would-be vets to learn about veterinary medicine. We also have a great selection of books that recall the heart-warming and heart-breaking moments that are part and parcel of being a vet.

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Veterinary Books

Our range of veterinary books are perfect for beginners and would-be vets to learn about veterinary medicine. We also have a great selection of books that recall the heart-warming and heart-breaking moments that are part and parcel of being a vet.

  • Pet Subjects

    Peter Wedderburn

    Product Code: PTSB
    Hardback
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    Pete Wedderburn is the Telegraph's resident vet and in Pet Subjects, he recalls some of his favourite animal patients.

    From animals big to small, Pete the Vet has seen it all. He recalls both the heart-warming and heartbreaking moments from his career and tells them all with a tender and witty turn of phrase.

    Among the critters you'll get to read about are Apollo the hamster, Nero the cat and Ned the terrier.
    • £3.99
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  • The Yorkshire Vet

    Peter Wright

    Product Code: BUPNK
    Paperback
    From the star of Channel 5's The Yorkshire Vet, this warm and witty memoir tells the life story of vet Peter Wright and charts his working relationship with the famous James Herriot.

    It's packed with laugh-out-loud moments, heartbreaking stories and transporting tales of his love for the animals and the people of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

    Covering his bucolic childhood growing up on a farm right through to the heady days of his successful television series, Peter's friendly nature and professional attitude shines through every page and his words are sure to delight fans of the show.
    • £7.19
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  • Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet

    Noel Fitzpatrick

    Product Code: BUOSG
    Paperback
    Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - also known as The Supervet - tells his life story in this emotional and heart-warming memoir.

    He recalls a childhood spent growing up on a family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland and how his bond with Pirate the sheepdog provided solace from the bullying he suffered at school. He also reveals how a fateful night spent trying to save a new-born lamb set him on a path into veterinary science - and ultimately becoming The Supervet at Fitzpatrick's Referrals in Surrey.

    From calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs, Noel talks about the animals that paved the way for his success and also recounts the incredible highs and tear-jerking lows that come in his field of work.
    • £6.39
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  • Being a Vet in the 21st Century

    Paul D. Stevens

    Product Code: BUAVQ
    Paperback
    This book is about being a vet. It is not about what vets do. It is about how they do it... Working in the modern veterinary profession is a far cry from the saccharine comfort and fulfilment we see smiling back at us from our TVs and Social media. Too many vets currently going through their vet training and pre-training (A-Levels and Vet School) will get the biggest shock of their lives when they land their first job in a small clinic in Rugeley... We explore real vets' Personality Traits and learn more about their personal characteristics. We discover what it is that makes them tick:- Why do people become vets, and how do they manage to make it work for them. We are reminded that vets are real people with needs above and beyond a simple need to care for animals. Few people realise that the common stresses of 'being a vet' puts you near the top of the list for depression and suicide. Being a Vet in the 21st Century investigates the many complex reasons for this disquiet. Thankfully, the profession is beginning to wake up to its problems and there's a buzz of hope for the future health and happiness of the 'new-vets'. This book will be part of the solution. It's a book for 'proto-vets' ( the 14 year old Rosie who wants to be a vet) and it's for her Mum. It's for vet-students who are currently slogging their way through the most difficult under-graduate course of them all. The book is for 'new-vets' like Sophie who's just finished 5 years training at university. And it's for those 'already-vets' who find themselves stuck somehow... By combining thoroughly researched psychological theory with real voices from the profession, Being a Vet in the 21st Century takes a careful look at how new-vets can address and adapt to the rapidly morphing business of vetting. Chapters include: * Do you have the Right Personality to be a Vet? * The Busyness of Business. * How Vets are Made * The Client * The Future * How to be a Happy Vet
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  • Listening to the Animals: Becoming The Supervet

    Noel Fitzpatrick

    Product Code: BTVAI
    Hardback
    (4)
    THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. A powerful, heart-warming and inspiring memoir from the UK's most famous and beloved vet, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick - star of the Channel 4 series The Supervet.Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog Pirate providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science - and set him on the path to becoming The Supervet. Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Noel recounts this often-surprising journey that sees him leaving behind a farm animal practice in rural Ireland to set up Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey, one of the most advanced small animal specialist centres in the world. We meet the animals that paved the way, from calving cows and corralling bullocks to talkative parrots and bionic cats and dogs. Noel has listened to the many lessons that the animals in his care have taught him, and especially the times he has shared with his beloved Keira, the scruffy Border Terrier who has been by Noel's side as he's dealt with the unbelievable highs and crushing lows of his extraordinary career. As heart-warming and life-affirming as the TV show with which he made his name, Listening to the Animals is a story of love, hope and compassion, and about rejoicing in the bond between humans and animals that makes us the very best we can be.
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  • It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet

    James Herriot

    Product Code: BGZUL
    Paperback
    A special edition of It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet by James Herriot reissued with a bright retro design to celebrate Pan's 70th anniversary. Ensconced in the sleepy Yorkshire village of Darrowby, recently qualified vet James Herriot is acclimatizing to life with his unpredictable colleagues, brothers Siegfried and Tristan Farnon. But veterinary practice in the 1930s was never going to be easy, and there are challenges on the horizon, from persuading his clients to let him use his 'modern' equipment, to becoming an uncle to a pig called Nugent. Throw in his first encounters with Helen, the beautiful daughter of a local farmer, and this year looks to be as eventful as the last ...Heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet is James Herriot's brilliant memoir of life as a country vet and the story behind the much loved television series and film, All Creatures Great and Small.
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  • Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs

    Julian Norton

    Product Code: BHEND
    Paperback
    Based at the Skeldale Veterinary Centre, in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, the modern, relocated practice featured in the classic stories of James Herriot, and with a foreword by James Herriot's son, this is a warm and evocative memoir from a young vet whose love for his vocation shines through on every page. From alpacas to exotic pigs, puppies to rabbits, Julian has treated them all and his book is packed with stories about his loveable patients and will prove a firm favourite with all animal lovers. Dealing with unexpected exotic pets - and handling excitable humans too - Julian has seen all sides of the veterinary world and writes about it all with humour and affection. Just as happy calving a cow, treating a dehydrated chameleon or tending to the overgrown teeth of a rabbit, his passion for his work shines through on every page, as does his love for Yorkshire. Julian Norton also stars in Channel 5's fly-on-the-wall documentary series The Yorkshire Vet, one of the channel's highest rated shows (with series four set to return in 2017). Warm, evocative always compassionate and often funny, Julian's tales bring to life the world of the working vet and the highs and lows he and his colleagues face on a daily basis.
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  • The Dog's Mind

    Bruce Fogle

    Product Code: CBLKT
    Paperback
    What is your dog really thinking? How do dogs see the world about them? How do they hear, learn and relate to their owners? Why do they suffer from stress and anxiety, and how can we help them cope?The Dog's Mind is the answer to all your questions on how the canine mind works. Engaging, entertaining and essential, this book is not only the key text of many dog behaviour diploma and degree courses, but also a joyful and insightful read for any dog owner. Combining almost 50 years of practical experience as a veterinarian with an extensive understanding of the relevant research, Dr Bruce Fogle has written the definitive book for anyone who wants to understand their dog.
    • £10.39
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  • My Yorkshire Great and Small

    Peter Wright

    Product Code: CBHSX
    Hardback
    A heartwarming love letter to the places, people and creatures of Yorkshire by the county's beloved vet, Channel 5's Peter Wright. The Yorkshire Vet takes us on an enchanting journey through the hidden gems of the most beautiful county in the world, sharing charming tales of his life in Thirsk as well as fascinating nuggets of local history. Packed with engaging tales of the animals, people and places around him, Peter Wright looks back on the bygone ways of his childhood, while also exploring the fusion of tradition and modernity that characterises the Yorkshire countryside today. Peter's passion for nature shines through on every page, as he explains why our environment is so important - and what we can do to protect it for future generations.
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  • Park Life

    John Bartram

    Product Code: BYLNZ
    Paperback
    'Retire? You can't retire!', Sir David Attenborough told John Bartram, when the man who has been gamekeeper and senior wildlife officer for Richmond Park for the past thirty years announced his intention to step away from the role, bidding farewell to the iconic park which has been his home, the backdrop for a career many would give anything for, and a way of life for so long. During a career spanning four decades John has been the behind-the-scenes mastermind ensuring the welfare and maintenance of Richmond Park's world-famous herd of deer - widely thought of as the finest herd in captivity. Working with these fabled creatures has demanded balancing their needs with the very real, and often fatal, dangers the park's visitors pose to his herd, and John pulls no punches when it comes to his opinion on the deer's place in the scheme of things, the human 'invaders' and the collision of their two worlds. A remarkable diary chronicling the final year of John's charmed life as the guardian of Richmond Park, this memoir tells of the unique demands of each new season, and of the enormous wrench he will feel upon no longer waking up in the midst of so much unchanged and wild beauty.Park Life is a treasure trove of stories and memories, some poignant and moving, others offbeat and hilarious: from the quirk of fate and farcical interview that led to him getting the job, to living in close-quarters with the deer, the tragedy of putting down fatally wounded animals, and the annual ritual of the rut - as dependable as the rising and setting of the sun.
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  • The Travelling Vet

    Jonathan Cranston

    Product Code: BYIET
    Paperback
    Jonathan Cranston is no ordinary vet. In addition to his day job in the Gloucestershire countryside treating cows, dogs, pigs and cats, he's also worked with an astonishing range of species around the world, including crocodiles, rhinos and pandas. In this charming collection he introduces us to some of his favourite patients, ranging from beloved family pets through to magnificent creatures of the wild. Whether microchipping armadillos, anaesthetising giraffes or birthing a calf, Jonathan's love for his work and the entire animal kingdom is infectious. From the preposterous (castrating a sugar glider) to the poignant (encountering victims of rhino poaching), the stories in The Travelling Vet will delight and enthral every animal lover.
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  • The Dog Rescuers

    RSPCA

    Product Code: BXZVW
    Paperback
    As a nation, we're big fans of man's best friend. Nearly a quarter of all British homes own a dog. Sadly, not all of them receive the love and care they deserve and some dogs are neglected or, worse, abused. Enter The Dog Rescuers. Every day, these dedicated and passionate RSPCA inspectors - like Anthony Joynes - contend with dog owners' abandonment and misuse of their pets, and spring into action on behalf of dogs in trouble, returning them to health, happiness and a loving new home. This collection of heartbreaking but ultimately heartwarming tales follows the likes of puppy Clover, who suffered damage to her face and lips, and Flint, the Lurcher who'd been used for badger baiting and lost most of his tail. When all seems lost, the RSPCA's dog rescuers are on hand, providing vital support to get Clover, Flint and friends the help they need and into forever families so that they don't just survive, they thrive.
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  • On Call with a Yorkshire Vet

    Julian Norton

    Product Code: BXJGO
    Hardback
    Taken from his popular column in The Yorkshire Post, Julian Norton's On Call with a Yorkshire Vet is the follow up to his successful The Diary of a Yorkshire Vet and features more anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire. Through the snows of the beast from the east, Julian visits sheep in Nun Monkton and a pony in Dallow Gill. He treats a Meerkat with a broken tail from Great Ouseburn, A lame horse next to Almscliffe crag, a wagyu in Topcliffe and a Clydesdale horse in York. These and many more adventures are contained within. Written in the delightful manner that he is well-known for in the Channel 5 hit series The Yorkshire Vet, this book is a fun and wonderful read. Beautifully produced and illustrated throughout.
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  • The Dog's Mind

    Bruce Fogle

    Product Code: BXCUZ
    Paperback
    What is your dog really thinking? How do dogs see the world about them? How do they hear, learn and relate to their owners? Why do they suffer from stress and anxiety, and how can we help them cope?The Dog's Mind is the answer to all your questions on how the canine mind works. Engaging, entertaining and essential, this book is not only the key text of many dog behaviour diploma and degree courses, but also a joyful and insightful read for any dog owner. Combining almost 50 years of practical experience as a veterinarian with an extensive understanding of the relevant research, Dr Bruce Fogle has written the definitive book for anyone who wants to understand their dog.
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  • The Veterinary Care of the Horse

    Sue Devereux

    Product Code: BWJPO
    Hardback
    This enlarged third edition of The Veterinary Care of the Horse brings the reader up-to-date with recent developments in equine medicine and surgery. For ease of reference, each condition is explained under headings which include the causes, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and prognosis. It is appreciated that it is not always easy to remember every detail of the vet's instructions when coping with a sick or injured horse. For this reason, recommendations regarding everyday procedures such as cleaning a wound, poulticing and bandaging are laid out in a step-by-step format. Chapters include; The Healthy Horse; Preventive Medicine; the Ill or Injured Horse; Examination of the Lame or Poor Performance Horse; Diagnostic Procedures and Imaging Techniques; Conditions of the Horse's Foot; Tendon and Ligament Injuries; Joint Injury and Disease; Synovial Effusions; Conditions affecting Bone; Muscle Disease and Neurological Conditions; The Horse's Spine and Pelvis; Therapies; Complementary Therapies; Respiratory Conditions; The Horse's Heart and the Circulatory System; The Digestive System; The Horse's Skin; The Reproductive System; Endocrine Disorders; Eye Injury and Disease; Behaviour Problems; Veterinary Care of the Donkey; Veterinary Procedures and finally, Further Advice and Practical Tips.
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  • National Geographic Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness

    Gary Weitzman

    Product Code: BWGBZ
    Paperback
    In National Geographic's comprehensive and easy-to-use illustrated pet reference, a renowned veterinarian offers expert advice on common health, behavior, and training for dogs, cats, and other domestic pets. Combining first aid, medical reference, and tips and tricks of the trade, here is your go-to guide for at-home animal care, focusing on dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and more! Building on more than two decades of veterinary experience, Dr. Gary Weitzman covers topics including upset stomachs, house training, physical ailments, and behavior tips. The president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and former co-host of the weekly NPR show The Animal House, Dr. Gary brings a wealth of experience to essential veterinary questions, revealing basic first-aid techniques, when a trip to the vet is necessary, dietary recommendations, simple training techniques, necessary supplies, essential behavior cues, and much more.
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  • Sparks from the Smiddy

    Wilson David

    Product Code: BVUTN
    Paperback
    Sparks from the Smiddy tells the life story of David Wilson, a sixth generation blacksmith and world champion farrier (a craftsman who trims and shoes horses' hooves). The book includes details of David's memories of annoying his father as a child by nailing horse shoes to the smiddy floor, his first experience of trying to catch a horse, the hard work he put into learning his trade, along with picking up and running the family business. The story follows the highs and lows of David's earliest competitions through to his ultimate win at the 1985 World Championship in Calgary, Canada. And, it concludes with tales of the travel opportunities that his work and successes opened up to him, including meeting the Princess Royal in 1995. Told in a humorous yet modest style, and including 60 of David's photos, Sparks from the Smiddy sheds light on this previously unreported aspect of working and shoeing horses, helping readers to understand the skills of a farrier and giving a nostalgic look back over this important part of rural life. [Subject: Memoir, Animal Care, Traditional Trades and Skills]
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  • Animal Matters

    Charlotte Rea

    Product Code: BUJME
    Hardback
    Animals bond people and transcend class, financial and cultural barriers, pets matter to people more than anything, but what happens to those people who can't afford pet insurance or vet's bills. Animal Matters is a diary of real-life cases written during a year of Charlotte's career working as a veterinary surgeon in a 24-hour inner-city London animal charity hospital. The book provides readers with a revealing, honest, emotional experience, with deeply sad moments followed by amusing and unimaginable ones. Charlotte writes both short amusing diary entries along with more detailed accounts and reflections back on her training and the experiences and difficulties she has come up against over the decade since she graduated. Throughout the book you will get to know both the animals and the people and how close the bond between us can be. Charlotte also discusses contemporary issues in veterinary medicine such as animal euthanasia, RSPCA welfare cases, mental health issues within the veterinary profession, ethical concerns around pedigree dog breeding and the laws on dangerous dogs. Animal Matters is a moving and heartwarming book about the unconditional love between animals and humans, and how deep the bond can be.
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  • The Travelling Vet

    Jonathan Cranston

    Product Code: BSVMJ
    Hardback
    (2)
    Jonathan Cranston is no ordinary vet. In addition to his day job in the Gloucestershire countryside treating cows, dogs, pigs and cats, he's also worked with an astonishing range of species around the world, including crocodiles, rhinos and pandas. In this charming collection he introduces us to some of his favourite patients, ranging from beloved family pets through to magnificent creatures of the wild. Whether microchipping armadillos, anaesthetising giraffes or birthing a calf, Jonathan's love for his work and the entire animal kingdom is infectious. From the preposterous (castrating a sugar glider) to the poignant (encountering victims of rhino poaching), the stories in The Travelling Vet will delight and enthral every animal lover.
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  • A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons

    Julian Norton

    Product Code: BRQZX
    Paperback
    Warm and heartfelt stories and amusing anecdotes from the life of a vet in God's Own County. Julian Norton has been a vet for over twenty years, and in that time he has treated animals of every kind - snakes and lizards, fish and fowl, sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, horses, swans ... you name it, Julian has seen it and, most likely, made it better! In A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons, Julian recounts more inspirational tales from his life, the animals he has treated and the people he has met, as well as taking us through the seasons, showing the challenges and surprises that occur at the most unlikely times. His voice, well known from the television series A Yorkshire Vet on Channel 5, comes over loud and clear in his writing, and the compassion and professionalism he is known for on the TV shines brightly through these pages. Whether he's tending to a domestic pet at his practice in Thirsk or called out to an injured swan in the middle of a cold Yorkshire night, the animals always come first and Julian's passion and commitment are always to the fore. Full of drama, small triumphs, sadness and happiness, this book is an inspiration for anyone who loves animals as well as those who dream of becoming a vet.
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  • The Diary Of A Yorkshire Vet

    Julian Norton

    Product Code: BRHPW
    Hardback
    Taken from his popular column in The Yorkshire Post, Julian Norton's The Diary of a Yorkshire Vet features anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire. From hairy pigs near Helmsley to a bullock with an enormous eye at Old Byland, these true stories bring to life the drama and humour in the daily routine of a rural vet. Along the way, Julian deals with llamas near Brimham Rock, greedy sheep in Cold Kirby, eagles, seals, alpacas and Geoffrey Boycott. Written in the delightful manner that he is well-known for in the Channel 5 hit series The Yorkshire Vet, this book is a fun and wonderful read.
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  • The Yorkshire Vet

    Peter Wright

    Product Code: BQXTK
    Hardback
    (1)
    Peter Wright brings you the official TV tie-in to the much-loved channel 5 series, The Yorkshire Vet.

    Attracting 1.8m viewers, Peter's warm nature has taken the public by storm and in this wonderful memoir he lets readers in on his successful career, from his work experience with James Herriot as a young lad to taking over his practice in the Yorkshire Dales.

    Peter's honest book is packed with laugh-out-loud moments and heartbreaking stories from his life, as he revisits his bucolic childhood on the farm where his love for working with animals began.
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  • Vet On A Mission

    Gillian Hick

    Product Code: BQMFG
    Paperback
    With the imminent arrival of her third child, veterinary surgeon, Gillian Hick, decides to abandon the perils of mixed animal practice, in a favour of setting up a small animal practice from home. When neighbouring farmer, John Armstrong, drops in for a cup of tea and stays to build the new veterinary clinic, the dream becomes a reality. As the practice begins to take on a life of its own, the practicalities of running a twenty-four/seven on call business, with the help of her husband and her three exuberantly, enthusiastic pre-school children begins to take its toll. From hatching goslings on a moonlit night, to late night calls to celebrity donkeys; from delivering new-borns, to assisting in the final farewells of much-loved patients, the circle of life continues as Gillian struggles to hang on to, not only her sense of humour, but also the last remaining threads of her sanity!
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  • The Dog Rescuers

    RSPCA

    Product Code: BQIKU
    Hardback
    As a nation, we're big fans of man's best friend. Nearly a quarter of all British homes own a dog. Sadly, not all of them receive the love and care they deserve and some dogs are neglected or, worse, abused. Enter The Dog Rescuers. Every day, these dedicated and passionate RSPCA inspectors - like Anthony Joynes - contend with dog owners' abandonment and misuse of their pets, and spring into action on behalf of dogs in trouble, returning them to health, happiness and a loving new home. This collection of heartbreaking but ultimately heartwarming tales follows the likes of puppy Clover, who suffered damage to her face and lips, and Flint, the Lurcher who'd been used for badger baiting and lost most of his tail. When all seems lost, the RSPCA's dog rescuers are on hand, providing vital support to get Clover, Flint and friends the help they need and into forever families so that they don't just survive, they thrive.
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