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Call the Vet: Farmers, Dramas and Disasters - My First Year as a Country Vet

Call the Vet: Farmers, Dramas and Disasters - My First Year as a Country Vet

by Anna Birch

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When fresh-faced, newly qualified vet Anna arrives in the seemingly sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, little does she know that this tiny rural community is about to change her life …

Straight in at the deep end, Anna faces two tricky calvings, an emergency call-out to a frightened mare, lots of mad cats (and mad cat women) and one enormous dog with an injured leg and a threatening bark. Spirited and determined, Anna quickly finds her feet and falls in love with rural life, including Ebbourne’s eccentric characters and their animals.

Disasters, dramas, farmers and friendship – and not to mention a whirlwind romance with a local Wildlife Trust worker – this warm and witty memoir offers a window into what working with animals and country life is really all about.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753549971
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publication date: 04/24/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anna Birch is a vet, farmer’s wife and mother of two small children. They live together on a farm in beautiful North Dorset with a herd of Red Devon cows, twenty Wiltshire Horn sheep, seventeen Gloucester Old Spot pigs, four rescue chickens, two farm cats, two Jack Russells and one Labrador. This is Anna’s first memoir about vetting and rural life.

Table of Contents


1 Cows, coffee and cling film 11

2 Welcome to Ebbourne 31

3 What do you know about hamsters? 49

4 The vet's ABC 61

5 Letting my hair down 79

Winter 99

6 Testing, testing 101

7 The cat woman of Ebbourne 123

8 To walk in another's shoes 139

9 The dog's bollocks 157

10 Just another day at the office 181

Spring 199

11 Down cow 201

12 Tea and sympathy 215

13 Goodnight sweethearts 228

14 Best intentions 243

15 When the gorse is in flower 257

Summer 277

16 A proposition 279

17 In a stew 299

18 Cut and blow-dry 309

19 Somewhere over the rainbow 324

20 Moving on 343

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