ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room

ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room

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by Donna M. Jackson
     
 

They can surgically remove an arrow in a cat’s abdomen, repair a bird’s broken wing, even save a tiny foal that is in a coma. How? With high-tech x-rays, endoscopes, and electrocardiographs—but most important, with a love of science and animals. Twenty-four hours a day, with a team of anesthesiologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, nurses,

Overview


They can surgically remove an arrow in a cat’s abdomen, repair a bird’s broken wing, even save a tiny foal that is in a coma. How? With high-tech x-rays, endoscopes, and electrocardiographs—but most important, with a love of science and animals. Twenty-four hours a day, with a team of anesthesiologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, nurses, internists, residents, and a healthy dose of adrenaline, emergency room veterinarians try to heal these little—and large—creatures we consider part of our families.

Filled with full-color behind-the-scenes photographs, this book captures the drama, excitement, and courage of being an ER vet.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Well-researched and well-written, ER Vets is an engaging book on a hot topic." --School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

"Jackson doesn’t sidestep the emotional and physical demands of working in an emergency clinic, but her sensitive, behind-the-scenes look at emergency care also clearly shows the rewards of the profession and the bonds between owner and pet."––Booklist Booklist, ALA

"An easy sell to animal lovers of various reading levels, and they may also get some ideas about future career options." --Kirkus Kirkus Reviews

Karen MacPherson
Donna M. Jackson offers a captivating behind-the-scenes look at the emergency unit of Colorado State University's veterinary teaching hospital.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature
This book is a well researched and engaging look at the busy days inside a veterinary hospital. Real stories put the reader in the middle of the emergency, whether it is stomach surgery on a dog, or the lifesaving efforts to resuscitate a snake. Color photos throughout nicely complement the text. The animal stories alternate with chapters about the history of vets and pets and a general overview of the animal ER. Animal docs Tim Hackett and Vicki Campbell are profiled, giving readers an idea of the education and background needed to become a vet, as well as a look at the range of animals they see in a day. The death of a pet and the grieving process are also featured in a chapter. Two-page spreads about "toxic treats," human foods that are dangerous to animals, and a "pet first-aid kit" are helpful, but randomly tucked between chapters. The only drawback of this book is the organization of chapters, but that probably will not stop animal lovers and future veterinarians from enjoying the content. 2005, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 9 to 12.
—Mary Loftus
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-With plentiful, excellent-quality photographs, this highly visual book offers a behind-the-scenes look at an emergency animal hospital in Colorado. While a German shepherd's life is saved, a snake could not be resuscitated. The pictures work well with the smallish-print text. Photographs range from heartbreaking (the saddest-ever Basset hound) to heartwarming (Shelley, a dog recovering from HBC, or "hit by a car" in vet-speak) to somewhat graphic. There are examples of X-rays and action shots of surgeries. In a chapter on the history of vets and pets, readers learns about how, in 15th-century France, a sow and her piglets were put on trial for murdering a child. Source notes are appended. A section on grief counseling for families with critically ill pets and a spread on how to put together a pet first-aid kit are included. Well-researched and well-written, ER Vets is an engaging book on a hot topic.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618436637
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works include the critically acclaimed Elephant Scientists, Bone Detectives, Bug Scientists, and Wildlife Detectives—all honored by the NSTA/CBC’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children award; ER Vets, an Orbis Pictus and ASPCA Henry Bergh honor book; and Extreme Scientists, named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009. 
 
When she’s not writing about scientists in the field, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website: http://www.donnamjackson.net.

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ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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It was really helpful to me because I want to be a vet, it said how each incident happened and step by step what the vets did to that animal to help it. The pictures were great! They really helped you know what was going on. I reccomend this book to any one who wants to be a vet.