An Animal Life: The Beginningby Howard Krum
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Veterinary School— the Holy Grail and brass ring for animal lovers the world over. An ex K-9 cop, a standardbred harness racer and a Brooklyn-born beauty queen walk into a bar... Add a rabbi, an Olympic gymnast, a loudmouth jerk, and a rough-hewn commercial fisherman from Maine and it must be Friday Night Happy Hour at the School of Veterinary Medicine. Come along with Jack, Hoss, Kerri and the other first-year students of the Death Row Crew as they navigate the irreverent, malodorous, demanding and exciting new world of veterinary medicine... their previously disparate lives become entwined in An Animal Life (and they wouldn't want it any other way). An Animal Life: The Beginning is a scientific medical mystery (animals and people are dying) and a quest for True Love (with a real cowboy) that unfolds as newbie first-year students struggle to survive the academic gauntlet of veterinary school. If you love animals and ever wondered about going to vet school, here's your chance to experience the joys and challenges without being kicked, scratched or bitten and at 0.00001% the cost of tuition.
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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Nelson Krum, Roy PE Yanong is the story of first year veterinary students who have to run the academic gauntlet known as veterinary school. You follow Jack, Hoss, Kerri, and more of their class mates as they are kicked, bitten, scratched, and oh much more while they struggle to find balance and to become the people we trust most when it comes to our animals. No matter what you were before entering veterinary school, animals will level the playing fields. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a vet. I always loved animals and I still do, although I never made it to veterinary school. Being able to jump into this book was the next best thing and I am so glad that I got the chance to read it. You get to run the full gamut of emotions with these students as they are in school and I have to wonder how any of them make it out alive. You can follow their lives as students, romantic moments, to everything in-between. Thanks to the wonderful descriptions of everything going on around in their lives, you truly feel like you are one of the students, or at the very least you feel attached to them and what they are going through. I laughed more than anything with some of the situations and the characters of the book. It is so well written and delightful that I would recommend this one highly.
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Truly heart-warming, An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Krum along with Roy Yanong and Scott Moore is a chronological description of the first semester of veterinary school at The University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Following the ups, downs, laughs, and tears of a group of first year students, their fourth year advisers, and several faculty members, An Animal Life takes a realistic look at their dedication and determination and also the rewards of this demanding academic pursuit. Inspired by some great teachers and nearly bored to death with others, these students deal with sick animals, their owners, corporate interests making money off of animals, and a group of animal rights activists opposed to the inhumane treatment of animals. They enter school in September as unique individuals but friendships and even more are forged through the long hours, heartbreaks, and successes that define the life of a veterinary student. In place of individuals, An Animal Life ends with the coming together of the combined Class of 1992 as they finish the first of eight semesters. An Animal Life: The Beginning is a wonderful book that challenges readers' knowledge of the basics of biology and health classes. Howard Krum has beautifully depicted the many experiences veterinary students live through as they pursue their education in the quest to be able to help animals – whether domestic, on the farm, in zoos, or in the wild. They not only have to deal with instructors and mountains of material, they learn about working with one another and others who have dealings with the animals. An important feature of An Animal Life is that it presents the well-being of all animals as inter-related to that of mankind – on not only a physical but also an emotional level. ‘Do no harm’ is a motto that pertains to all living things and is clearly demonstrated by Howard Krum in An Animal Life.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Nelson Krum and Roy PE Yanong is the humorous account of first year veterinary students. These students come together to discover the exciting world of veterinary medicine. For those who are interested in enrolling into a veterinary college, this is the perfect book to experience the joys of being with animals. The characters, apart from being kicked and bitten by animals, manage to find time to handle their other relationships too, which are not with animals. The book is a guide on everything you wanted to know about different animals. The authors have done their homework well before deciding to write this book. The book is humorous, candid, and breezy and it keeps readers glued to the story. The veterinary hospital is not only about cats and dogs; it also has other animals. I found the words on the chalkboard funny: Weekly Grand Rounds Case Highlights: – German Shepherd, Hip Dysplasia – Feline Unilateral Kidney Tumor – Comminuted Fracture Repair in a Rhinoceros So, apart from dogs and cats, there are other animals like rhinoceros and giraffe that are being treated in the hospital. The book has humor, medicine, animals, and it is a good read for students who are in a veterinary college or are planning to join one. The funny and exciting characters along with the animals make the book a hilarious read. The authors have written this book from the perspective of a student and it covers almost everything: college, friends, love, animals, and it has an excellent plot.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite An Animal Life: The Beginning is a humorous story about the experiences of a first year class's first semester in veterinary school, written by Howard Krum with Roy Yanung and Scott Moore. While it is fiction, the authors' own experiences in Vet School form the basis for the story. The first time we see the students are when they're being interviewed by admissions officers. Then the reader is off to school, lining up with the freshman class as it assembles in Room 101 for the first time. Immediately, grouping behavior begins. The ardent students gravitate to the front row labeled the Front Row Geeks (or FRoGs)who assiduously take down every word uttered by their professors and wave their hands frequently with a barrage of questions. Then there's the group that gravitates to the very back row of this largish room, the row that's been nicknamed Death Row. Howard Krum brings the experiences of first year veterinary school students to life in his funny and heart-warming book An Animal Life: The Beginning. The Death Row Inmates will remind some of the MASH characters whose pranks and practical jokes made even the harshest situations somehow bearable. In An Animal Life, there's little time for sleeping, dozens of exams, thousands of terms and definitions to memorize, larger than life professors and senior advisers, Friday Night Happy Hours... and the animals. It's all about the animals, and it works so incredibly well. I loved this book. It answered all the questions I've ever entertained about becoming a vet and what that journey would have been like -- marvelous, grueling, insane, and incredible all at once. An Animal Life: The Beginning is remarkable, powerful,and beautifully written. It's very highly recommended.
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite An Animal Life: The Beginning is a fabulous story from Howard Nelson Krum and Roy PE Yanong. Veterinary School: no matter where you go, getting into this level of veterinary medicine is basically Harvard for animal lovers. What do you get when you mix a horse racer, a pageant queen, and a K-9 cop? An amazing and funny read! The first years of the Death Row Crew are interesting, to say the least. But this enthralling story goes even deeper than a funny take on vet school. There are moments of pain, of deep thought and learning, as well as a few romantic pairings that will definitely have you scratching your head. This is a very realistic and funny story. I had roommates in college who studied veterinary medicine, and while I was reading it was almost like I was back in my dorm room listening to them tell me stories about their day. Krum and Yanong really captured the light-hearted humor that they were going for. On one hand, the story is quite funny; on the other it's a really accurate portrayal of one of the best feelings in the world - when you close a book, and have a warm happy glow because the book brought you such joy. An Animal Life: The Beginning really is that book. It's a great read for vets and vets in training, as well as anyone who loves animals, people, and the crazy glue that holds us all together.