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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Readers will learn here about the ethical issues in being a veterinarian, a popular career choice with many young students. How should a veterinarian treat a cat that has been hit by a car? When should a dog be given euthanasia? And should a veterinarian write for the public? These practical issues are posed as jumping off points for discussion. The writing encourages students to figure out what they believe. Chapters cover job requirements, integrity and trustworthiness, respect and compassion, justice and fairness, responsibility, courage, self-discipline and diligence, citizenship and career opportunities. The latter includes the differences between being a zoo veterinarian, seeing domestic pets, and doing research. After some situations are presented, such as bear cubs who were undernourished due to a staff member not noticing their dental problems, questions are asked about understanding the situation, and to ask what the reader would do if they were the vet. Like the rest of the series, the major theme is around character, ethics, respect and compassion. This particular book is a “must have” for guidance counselor or career coach offices at the middle school and high school level, and also a worthwhile investment for a middle or high school library. It is also a good choice for those with children interested in working with animals. Additional features include a glossary, index, and many photos of animals. Part of the “Careers with Character” series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman; Ages 12 up.
Children's Literature
Veterinarian is a book in the "Careers with Character" series. The introduction is followed by nine chapters that offer a case history and practical career choice information, plus sidebars and back page information. In Veterinarian, authors Riddle and Simons present a role model in Dr. Steve Chapman, head veterinarian at the Brandywine zoo. In this chapter of Justice and Fairness, the problem of Dr. Chapman's acceptance as head veterinarian by other workers concerns him. He is trying not to assert his authority too quickly. However, when problems arise in the reporting of some sick bear cubs that has not come to his attention, he know he had to take action. He wants to be fair before making any accusations, so he asks himself some questions. Who is depending on me in this situation? Who might be hurt by each possible course of action I take? What is my number one priority in this situation? How can I better understand this situation? In this case history, the answer is not given, but is left up to the reader to determine what Dr. Chapman should do. There are also sidebars on A Zoo Vet's Responsibilities, Justice vs. Punishment and First Female Zoo Veterinarian. Other chapters deal with similar case histories and how they are handled. The authors have done a good job of offering practical and interesting information on what is needed both academically and personally in choosing veterinary medicine as a career. Illustrations are in color. 2003, Mason Crest Publishers,
&$151;Della A. Yannuzzi
There are many employment guides aimed at the teenage reader. Most provide more or less the same information regarding job requirements, opportunities within a career field, and expected salaries and benefits. This eighteen-volume "Careers with Character" series does the same, but it approaches the task differently. Each title is filled with small vignettes and profiles that illustrate the activities a particular professional must face on a regular basis. For example, Veterinarian explains how workers in animal care clinics must be prepared to handle emergencies, be courageous and firm with injured animals, and be willing emotionally to make life-and-death decisions. As in the other volumes, the character traits that exemplify the best attributes of a good professional in the field are examined, particularly compassion, diligence, fairness, responsibility, and trustworthiness. Each text is readable because the writers avoid spouting data and statistics. Instead, role models in the highlighted fields are profiled, and their daily activities, both mundane and exciting, are evaluated. The page layout is nicely arranged, with bright photographs that often depict minorities and women interspersed with sidebars that highlight relevant quotes or further examine the virtues of a particular character trait. A reader fascinated with a certain career will get much out of this series, which includes books on the clergy, firefighter, psychologist, and social worker. The casual researcher will probably grow frustrated, scouring the profiles for the significant data. This well-written series provides an alternative approach to career education, matching the readers' moral fiber to the professions thatmight best suit those assets. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2003, Mason Crest, 90p. PLB Beach
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422227688
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2013
  • Series: Careers with Character Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 923,819
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 1160L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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