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‘The rigours of large-animal calls was no longer sustainable’ – vet

Vet on a Mission

The struggle to balance motherhood and family life with the demands of being a twenty-four-hour on-call vet are among the issues that veterinary practitioner, Gillian Hick, explored in her newest release, A Vet on a Mission.

The book is packed full of humorous and honest stories about animals and people that she encounters.

Commenting on the memoir, she said:

“The rigours of large-animal calls were no longer sustainable for the health and wellbeing of my own family, never mind that of my patients.”

“Whether through some pregnancy-hormone-induced neurosis or some strike of divine inspiration, I had decided to open my own veterinary practice.”

Gillian details leaving behind the world of mixed animal practice to embark upon opening a small animal veterinary practice from her home with three children in tow.

A spokesperson for the publishing company said:

“This is the perfect read for animal lovers and anyone who dreams of being a vet.”

Hick was born in Dublin and qualified as a vet from UCD (University College Dublin) in 1998. She now lives in Co. Wicklow with her husband and three teenage children, where she runs her own veterinary practice, Clover Hill Veterinary Clinic.

She has also written Vet on the Loose (2005) and Vet Amongst the Pigeons (2010), both of which The O’Brien Press has published.


The Wonderful World of James Herriot

Meanwhile, Macmillan Publishers will release The Wonderful World of James Herriot, which provides insights into the renowned vet’s life and work from his children, Rosie and Jim, next month.

According to the publishing company, this is a “charming” new autobiography which combines stories from the “heartwarming” Herriot books with the story of Alf Wight, the real James Herriot, through his early life and career.

James Herriot was the pen name of James Alfred ‘Alf’ Wight. Many of Herriot’s works, including All Creatures Great and Small and All Things Bright and Beautiful, became international bestsellers.

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