Tales of an African Vet

Tales of an African Vet

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by Roy Aronson
     
 

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The heart-wrenching and adventure-filled stories of a South African wild animal vet and his colleagues When do you watch a wild animal suffer and let nature take its course, and when do you intervene? In his more than twenty-five years as an African vet, Dr. Roy Aronson has seen and done some remarkable things. He has tracked lions and cheetahs, anesthetized

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The heart-wrenching and adventure-filled stories of a South African wild animal vet and his colleagues When do you watch a wild animal suffer and let nature take its course, and when do you intervene? In his more than twenty-five years as an African vet, Dr. Roy Aronson has seen and done some remarkable things. He has tracked lions and cheetahs, anesthetized rhinoceroses and king cobras, collared rogue elephants, performed eye surgery on a lion out in the bush, been attacked by a puff adder, come face to face with an angry hybrid wolf, and nearly lost a foot to a crocodile. Dr. Aronson has also worked with some of Africa's most dedicated conservationists and wildlife veterinarians. He has witnessed their passion and bravery and been with them when hard decisions had to be made. Tales of an African Vet brings together Dr. Aronson's adventures in a rare behind-the-scenes look at those who treat wild animals in their natural habitat. For those drawn to outdoor adventure stories, African wildlife, or the veterinarian's trade, it is a riveting book replete with rich insights into both the animal and human cultures of Africa.

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"In this delightful book, the Crocodile Hunter meets James Herriot for an engaging look at the trials and tribulations of being a veterinarian in South Africa. Aronson’s . . . collection of stories is totally entertaining, and his deep commitment to wildlife and conservation comes through clearly. Readers will enjoy venturing into the African bush with Aronson but will be grateful to do so from the safety of their lounge chairs. . . . This fascinating book is hard to put down; it will be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers of many ages." —Library Journal (starred review)
Library Journal
In this delightful book (originally self-published in 2008), the Crocodile Hunter meets James Herriot for an engaging look at the trials and tribulations of being a veterinarian in South Africa. Aronson's patients run the gamut from highly venomous puff adders to elephants, crocodiles, cheetahs, gemsboks, and rhinos. Trained as a small-animal practitioner, Aronson also treated his fair share of pets, mainly dogs and cats, with the occasional unusual creature. He introduces himself very matter-of-factly—"My name is Roy Aronson. I am a South African veterinarian"—but his collection of stories is totally entertaining, and his deep commitment to wildlife and conservation comes through clearly. Readers will enjoy venturing into the African bush with Aronson but will be grateful to do so from the safety of their lounge chairs. VERDICT This fascinating book is hard to put down; it will be enjoyed by a wide variety of readers of many ages. Note that Aronson is working with the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Animal Planet to produce a series by the same name.—Edell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762772414
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/04/2011
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
492,936
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Roy Aronson is a South African veterinarian who has been in practice for more than 25 years. He self-published Tales of an African Vet in South Africa in March 2008. He is currently approaching the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and Animal Planet with a series by the same name. His book is available through all the National Parks Board stores throughout South African National Parks. He published a second book, It's a Vet's Life: Adventures in the City and the Wild, in July 2009 with Tafelberg. He is the South Africa Veterinary Association representative on the Commonwealth Veterinary Association and was invited to speak in November 2010 at the Commonwealth Vet Association International Congress.

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