All My Patients Kick and Bite: More Favorite Stories from a Vet’s Practice
By Jeff Wells, D.V.M.
Published by St. Martin’s Press
Copyright © 2011
Jeff Wells is a Veterinarian living in rural Colorado. He cares for dogs and cats, but he also cares for horses, mules, llamas, sheep, and etc. In his second book of veterinary tales Wells opens a little window into what the life of a vet is like. He gets calls for help at all hours of the night, he often gets covered in odoriferous fluids, and he has to deal with people who are stupid and rude. When you read these stories though, you realize that he does it because he truly loves animals and he understands how animals bring people joy.
One of the things I love the most about this book is his choice of stories. With most animal stories the animal dies in the end (e.g. Marley and Me, Wesley the Owl, The Eighty Dollar Champion, etc.); animals have short life spans even when treated well. Wells has kindly selected humorous tales that celebrate helping animals live. We all know that you can’t save them all, but it is more uplifting and joyful to hear about the ones he does save.
“All my patients kick and bite” is an uplifting and humorous look at a vet’s life. Jeff Wells the writer is no James Herriot, of course nor is he attempting to be. Wells shares his recollections in a brief non-chronological way. While the stories taken together give a good depiction of what this vet’s life is like; read by themselves they are just as warm and amusing. I highly recommend this book to animal lovers everywhere, especially if you are thinking of becoming a veterinarian.