Tell Me Where It Hurts – Healing and Hope In My Life as a Vet.
Author: Dr Nick Trout
Publisher: Sphere, April 2009
Synopsis (taken from amazon.co.uk)
‘It’s 2:47am when Dr Nick Trout, a British vet working in Boston, USA, is abruptly woken and called in to the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital to see if he can save the life of Sage, a ten year-old German Shepherd with a critical stomach condition. The case is severe, the outlook bleak, and Dr Trout is her only chance. So begins an intimate and exhilarating journey into a typical day in a far from typical job. TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS takes the reader to the heart of the trials and tribulations of life as a veterinary surgeon, a life filled with heartbreak, triumph, anxiety, and of course, cuddly pets and their variously crazy, desperate, and demanding owners.’
This book demonstrates 24 hours in the life of veterinary specialist Dr Nick Trout. He specialises in companion animals, in particular dogs. It is an emotional rollercoaster of the highs and lows, the pressures and anxieties of a busy day in the surgery’s ER department.
Dr Trout’s day starts just before 3am when he is called into emergency surgery by one of his residents who needs his expertise to try and save a German Shepherd called Sage. The book then follows his day’s appointments and operations. He talks of the pets, the ailments, the procedures and the owners. Dr Trout has to deal with poorly pets, anxious and over protective owners (or ‘parents’ as he calls them), the touchy subject of vets bills and all the while support new residents and fight his own exhaustion.
As a current ‘parent’ of a particularly unlucky and poorly pooch, this book appealed to me and gave me a good insight into the work of the specialist vets we have met and paid out to over the past two years.
Dr Trout trained in Britain but works in the US and he gives interesting comparisons to veterinary work and costs between the two countries. Sometimes the writing can be ‘technical’ but he usually goes on to explain it in layman’s terms. He also talks of his work with much smaller and much larger animals.
I would recommend this book to any dog or cat owner, or anyone who has ever visited a vet! It is a true story, factual, emotional and one of those books you find yourself thinking about when you are not reading it.