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My Patients Like Treats: Tales from a House-Call Veterinarian

Skyhorse. May 2018. 268p. ISBN 9781510725676. $22.99; ebk. ISBN 9781510725683. PETS
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MacVean is a rarity these days, a veterinarian who still makes house calls. The author initially worked in Malaysia with exotic species, but at the request of a colleague who thought his experience with such animals would be a plus here, MacVean returned to the United States and started a house-call practice in Sacramento, CA, after years as a professor at Colorado State University. Whether happy or sad, humorous or somewhat shocking, these real-life stories about pets and other animals will draw in readers. The subjects range from the usual dogs and cats to bats and pigs; some of the most touching chapters involve euthanasia and contemplation on the afterlife for animals.
VERDICT Books of this nature tend to be popular, and this one should be no exception. Highly recommended for YA and adult collections.

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