Tales from the Tail End: Adventures of a Vet in Practice

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9781849532136: Tales from the Tail End: Adventures of a Vet in Practice

James Herriot meets Bridget Jones in this honest, no-holds-barred account of the ups and downs of a vet's life

Misty was ecstatic to see her owner but to the nurse's surprise her owner just stood there and said, "What have you done with my dog’s head?" "I’m sorry," replied the nurse, "what do you mean? She’s just been in for spaying." "That isn’t my dog’s head. The rest of it is my dog but you’ve put a different head on it."

On a crisp October morning in 1996, Emma Milne started her first job as a newly qualified vet, and now she tells the full story. We discover the numerous things that can get stuck in an animal's stomach, how to stop a cow exploding, and—the biggest truth of all—that animals are easy to deal with in comparison to their owners. They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these tales turn out to be stranger—and funnier—than you could ever have imagined.

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About the Author:

Emma Milne is a passionate campaigner for animal welfare and received the Vet of the Year award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2008. Brian Blessed is an actor and voice artist whose voice has appeared in Family Guy and Star Wars: Episode I. A great supporter of animal rights, he runs an animal sanctuary from his home.

From Booklist:

Milne was a newly minted veterinarian, yet already a veteran of the BBC series Vets School. When she was approached to be part of a new series, Vets in Practice, she happily agreed. What followed was an 11-part series of the popular program, the full tale of which Milne now reveals. Starting out in a mixed practice, where she saw farm animals as well as pets, Milne regales the reader with stories of lambing and the marvelous moment when she presented a poisonously sexist farmer with twin calves. Moving on to a small-animal practice, she had to get used to the fact that she was no longer dealing with salt-of-the-earth farmers but with pet owners and all their eccentricities. Between getting savaged by small poodles, removing a stick from a dog’s chest, and participating in a pet funeral, Milne carries on, with the BBC following in her footsteps. Little side jobs came with the fame of television stardom, such as acting as the presenter for a wildlife series, but starring in a makeover program took months to live down. --Nancy Bent

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