Compelling and wonderfully descriptive, Irish veterinarian, Austin Donnelly, recalls his life experiences as a vet travelling from his native Ireland, to the far reaches of Australia and New Zealand.
His book, Whiskers Feather and Fur – Veterinary Tales, which will be published on March 14th, captures the real sense of connection between vet and those who rely on these services, all while being acutely aware of the special bond between animal and owner.
Drawn from his experiences as a vet, while providing anonymity to protect the identity of an array of characters he encounters along the way, Austin does not shy from the gore, the joy, the sorrow, the fear and the exhilaration which make up veterinary life.
In these stories, the animals rightly take centre stage, often leaving the reader with a sense of familiarity.
When asked about his book, Austin stated: “From early childhood, I dreamt of being a vet. I graduated in 2009, and today I am honoured to call this my job.”
He works in veterinary mixed practice, which means he tends to a whole range of farm animals, pets and occasionally wildlife too.
“Getting to spend a lot of time surrounded by these animals, their owners and the countryside, I feel very lucky.”
“In this collection of short veterinary stories, you get an insight into some of the amazing animals I have worked with and some of the touching human experiences I have been privileged to witness.” the vet added.
“This is a book that will appeal to lovers of the James Herriot series and brings some fresh 21st-century veterinary perspectives.”
The book, which retails at €14.99, will be launched on March 14th at Kavanagh’s Bar, Roundwood, County Wicklow.