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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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A country vet’s encounters with animal patients of all kinds

The Bull in the Darkness and the One-Eyed Dog tells remarkable, highly readable, and true stories of a country vet’s encounters with animal patients of all kinds, their equally unusual, if not unique, owners, and the flavorful rural settings they inhabit.

The 184-page book, according to a spokesperson for the publishing company, Lyons Press, which will release the publication on May 15th, 2023, is a collection of Dr Robert T. Sharp’s most memorable country animal cases—many funny, some almost unbelievable, and some thought-provoking.

A lifelong Ohio resident, Sharp received his A.B. in Zoology and M.A. in Aquatic Ecology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for the next five years as a KC-135 instructor/evaluator navigator with the 17th Bomb Wing of Strategic Air Command and is a Vietnam veteran.

He left the Air Force to attend The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he attained his D.V.M. (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree in 1979, and has practiced in southern Ohio since graduation.

Books by vets: Never Work with Animals – Gareth Steel

Previously, That’s Farming featured an article on Never Work With Animals,  a book which publishing company, Harper Collins, branded as the “unfiltered truth about life” as a vet by Gareth Steel.

In the book, which was released on February 16th, 2023, Steel said that he wants readers to “understand vets in a way you never could before”.

In it, he outlines how it feels to watch a healed dog bound into their owner’s arms, the joy of breathing life into the fluid-filled lungs of a newborn calf after a difficult labour and the satisfaction of rescuing a distressed sheep from the high-tide line.

According to a spokesperson, he writes about “what it’s like to work 100-hour weeks for less than the minimum wage”.

Read more on this news article.

Sheep Keeping

Meanwhile, Sheep Keeping, from the Professional Smallholder Series, is a “comprehensive book aimed at anyone who keeps sheep, whatever their level of experience”.

That is according to a spokesperson for the publishing company, 5M Books, which has branded it to be a “useful” resource for veterinary medicine, agriculture, or animal care students.

This, a spokesperson told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, includes anyone who would like to refresh their skills and knowledge or novice sheep keepers who want a starting point and a practical guide to return to throughout their sheep-keeping career.

Read more on this news article.

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