Cows, cats, and kids : a veterinarian's family at work

by Patrick, Jean L. S.

Format: Print Book 2003
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Northern Tier Regional Library Juvenile J 636.08 PATRI
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  J 636.08 PATRI
At the animal clinic in Mitchell, South Dakota, there is one veterinarian--Dr. Mike Patrick. He works day and night taking care of animals both large and small. But he has some special assistants to make the practice run smoothly. His wife, Jean, manages the office, and his three children--Catherine, Shea, and Kendall--often help on farm calls and in the clinic. In this remarkable photo essay, author Jean Patrick and award-winning photographer Alvis Upitis give readers an inside view of a veterinary practice that is a family affair. In one twenty-four-hour period, Shea helps with an emergency calving, Kendall goes on a farm call to help vaccinate a herd of beef cattle, and Catherine assists with surgeries at the clinic. This portrait of a contemporary family living and working together reveals the day-to-day joys and challenges each child encounters.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 3^-6. The title (and the subtitle) says it all. Patrick, whose husband is a vet in South Dakota, captures what it's like to be part of a family whose focus is animals. The book is divided into several sections, each devoted to one of the children. Ten-year-old Shea goes out with his father to help birth a calf; eight-year-old Kendall spends time with his father tagging cattle and then working with the pets that come in for checkups. Catherine, 12, has even more responsibility; she assists while a cat is spayed and a horse is gelded (these procedures are not explained in the text). The oversize format allows for plenty of color photographs, which, though cropped to fit in a rather boring block format, give interesting glimpses into the work of the vet. The decision to describe the work of a rural animal clinic through the eyes of young people makes this very accessible. A package with lots of pick-me-up appeal. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Veterinarians -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Honesdale, Pa. :Boyds Mills Press,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Upitis, Alvis.
Language English
Description 48 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 1563971119
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