Tales of an African Vet

Tales of an African Vet

Title:Tales of an African Vet
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781599219424
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

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.


    Tales of an African Vet Reviews

  • Liralen

    Most of the chapters in this book could, with very little revision, probably stand alone -- there's no real storyline, and information is periodically repeated. But hey -- at least it's interesting in...

  • Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: I enjoy travel books and although I am not an animal activist I enjoy memoirs of vets along the lines of James Herriot and Gerald Durrell. This book simply caught my attention.Roy ...

  • Bloss ?

    DNF. After spending six weeks in South Africa, I was keen to start this book. However, I am woefully disappointed. This is a very self-congratulatory book which gets a bit hard to take. The writing is...

  • Alison Strumbeck

    Has some wonderful and fascinating facts about the animals but mostly is a story of the author bragging about himself and gushing over his colleagues. It seems the book is more focused on who should g...

  • Michelle

    While the stories were very interesting, the whole book felt like the author was patting himself and his colleagues on the back. I in no way underestimate the importance of the work these wildlife vet...

  • Stephanie

    It was an interesting description of a vet's work in Africa, but that is how it read: like a description. The detailed decisions of which drug to use in a particular case, for instance, seemed to be w...

  • Carla

    Loved the stories taking place right where I was last summer!!! Took me back to South Africa!...

  • Mirrani

    You will hear this a lot in my review, and that is done on purpose: this book was like an advertisement for the hopes of a documentary being worked on by the author. Otherwise I found the book interes...

  • Diana M. Hawkins

    A little slow to begin with but a fascinating account of a veterinarian treating domestic and farm animals, even some wildlife. Each animal he treats is almost a separate story and people in the veter...

  • Chantal Riley

    I adore reading books about game rangers and their adventures - reading Roy’s book was both informative in the information he shared and exciting in the way he shares his tales. Anyone with a love o...