Fields and Pastures New: My First Year as a Country Vet

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Fields and Pastures New is the story of John McCormack's first days as a practicing veterinarian in Choctaw County, Alabama. Fresh out of school, he moved to the town of Butler with his wife and two children in November 1963 to be the first trained vet in the region, where mule-drawn wagons shared the road with pickup trucks, where moonshine whiskey was still one of the major cash crops, and where all he had to do to find out what was happening in the county was get a haircut. McCormack recalls fondly the ...
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Fields and Pastures New is the story of John McCormack's first days as a practicing veterinarian in Choctaw County, Alabama. Fresh out of school, he moved to the town of Butler with his wife and two children in November 1963 to be the first trained vet in the region, where mule-drawn wagons shared the road with pickup trucks, where moonshine whiskey was still one of the major cash crops, and where all he had to do to find out what was happening in the county was get a haircut. McCormack recalls fondly the personalities, both human and animal, that made up the close-knit community of Choctaw County. The young vet meets and works with a host of colorful characters, including the local unlicensed veterinarian/taxidermist, a moonshiner with an inebriated cow, the "mama" of a particularly surly Chihuahua, and even the governor of Alabama. He learns that animals will do just about anything, that treating an animal often means treating its owner, and that a good pickup truck and dark-colored coveralls are the veterinarian's best friends. As the months pass, Dr. McCormack and his family come to love their new life and their new home. With warmth and humor, McCormack does for the American South what James Herriot did for Yorkshire.

Fresh out of veterinary school in 1963, McCormack moved to Choctaw County, Alabama, where he became the county's first licensed veterinarian. His evocaton of the rural South of 30 years ago, as portrayed in this charming, nostalgic picture of country life, is destined to become a piece of literary Americana.

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McCormack describes some of his cases during his first year as the only veterinarian in a rural Alabama county. While each chapter revolves around a specific patient's treatment, he also weaves around each case his reflections on the rural South in the 1960s, with descriptions of the local culture and individual residents, the countryside, the roads, and the houses. The warm personalities as well as the superstitions, folk remedies, and foibles of the people are clearly evident and add greatly to the enjoyment and educational value of the book. For popular collections.-A. Louis Shor, DVM, Veterinary Consultant, Mt. Laurel, N.J.
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YA-In 1963, McCormack and his wife and children moved to Butler, Alabama, so he could begin his career as the first and only veterinarian of Choctaw County. The people had previously relied on Carney Sam Jenkins, the unofficial and untrained dispenser of superstition and old wives' remedies. Readers will be captivated by the doctor, his family, and the characters who inhabit and enliven the community with their humanity, eccentricities, and enormous goodwill. Many of the stories are hilarious, but the kicks, bruises, and the administering of horse-sized laxatives may be funnier to read about than experience. Love of family, townspeople, and their animals shines through this readable, lively book by an author with a good ear for dialogue and a fine sense of place. Readers will doubtless demand further adventures of this American soulmate of James Herriot.-Judy Sokoll, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Melanie Duncan
For those libraries looking for an author to fill the late James Herriot's shoes, consider McCormack, who started a veterinary practice in Choctaw County, Alabama, the setting for this book, in 1963. Before McCormack and his wife and two children could even unload the truck, patients from the rural farming community arrived and have kept him busy earning the respect of a community where acceptance means your family has lived in the area for generations. McCormack plunged headfirst into a world of weekly stockyard visits, neurotic family pets, 900-pound hogs, and unlicensed veterinary rivals. McCormack's sense of humor is often turned against himself, and success stories abound. Unlike Herriot, who became the standard we judge all other veterinarian storytellers by, McCormack relates few failures and only briefly. This book will probably appeal most heavily to farming communities in the South and Midwest. An excerpt of the book appeared in the August 1995 issue of "Reader's Digest".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517596869
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/20/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 265
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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