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Reading List - Becoming a Veterinarian

A selected bibliography of books about veterinary medicine and those who practice it compiled by Betty Brown and Gretchen Stephens of the Veterinary Medical Library at Purdue University.


Balliet, Gay Louise. Touched by all creatures: doctoring animals in the Pennsylvania Dutch country. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon Press, 1999

Grant, David. Just practicing: early days as a country vet. London: Simon & Schuster, 1999

Gutkind, Lee. An unspoken art: profiles of veterinary life. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1997

Gutkind, Lee. Veterinarian’s touch: profiles of life among the animals. New York: Henry Holt, 1998

Hart, Sue(Susanne). Dr. Sue, a vet in Africa. Randburg, South Africa: Raven Press, 1995.

Herriot, James. Every living thing. New York: St. Martins Press, 1992

Inglis, Joe. It really does happen to a vet! The journal of Joe Inglis in practice. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1999

Johnson, Pam. Hiss and tell: true stories from the files of a cat shrink. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1996.

Jones, Theresa. True horse stories: adventures of vet practice. Tyler, TX: Equine Research, 2000

Karesh, William B. Appointment at the ends of the world: memoirs of a wildlife veterinarian. New York: Warner Books, 1999.

Kendall, Grant. Animals in my life: stories of a country vet. New York: Howell Book House, 1996.

Kendall, Grant. More animals in my life: stories of a country vet. New York: Howell Book House, 1998

Lemonds, Leo L. Doc – my chickens are dying!: memories of a Nebraska veterinarian.
Hastings, NE: L.L. Lemonds, Service Press, 1996.

McCormick, John E. Fields and pastures new: my first year as a country vet. New York: Crown Publishers, 1995.

McCormick, John E. A friend of the flock: tales of a country veterinarian. New York: Crown Publishers, 1997.

McCormick, John E. The hero of the herd. New York: Crown Publishers, 1999.

McCormick, John E. Watch for a cloud of dust II: more memories of a Dixie Veterinarian. Ft. Atkinson, WI: W.D. Hoard, 1990

Martin, John G. Doc, my tiger’s got an itch: the true story of a Kentucky hill country veterinarian who occasionally runs away with the circus. Indianapolis: Guild Press of Indiana, 1996.

Martin, John G. Never a ho-hum day: stories about a Kentucky hill country veterinarian and his ‘doctorin’. Carmel, IN: Guild Press of Indiana, 1998.

Porter, George A. Pet ER: memoirs of an animal doctor. Franklin, TN: Hillsboro Press, 1999.

Scanlon, Edward J. Animal patients: 50 years in the life of an animal doctor. Philadelphia: Camino Books, 2000.

Smith, M. McCoy. Never alone: the life and times of a country veterinarian. Nashville: Eggman Publishers, 1995.

Taylor, David. The patient elephant: more exotic cases from the world’s top wildlife vet. London: Robson, (Distributor: Parkwest Pub., Jersey City, NJ) 1993.

Taylor, David. Vet on the wild side. New York: St. Martins Press, 1990.

Tufts University, School of Veterinary Medicine. Animal ER: extraordinary stories of hope and healing from one of the world’s leading veterinary hospitals. New York: Dutton, 1999.

Vine, Louis L. Dogs are people, too. New York: Rivercross Pub., 1997.

Ward, F. M. Reflections of a veterinarian: don’t follow me, I stepped in something. Waco, TX: Texan Press, 1995.

Wight, Jim. The real James Herriot: a memoir of my father. New York: Ballatine Books, 2000.

Zimmerman, Theodore. They can’t talk, but they never lie: the making of a zoo vet. Lake Worth, Lantana Br., FL: Action Arts Press, 1995.


Carmenson, Blythe. Opportunities in zoos and aquariums. Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons, 1998

Careers in focus. Animal care. Chicago: Ferguson Pub. Co., 1998

Careers with Zoos, animal science: your concern for animals can become a career for you. Chicago: Institute for Research, 1994

Duncan, Jane Caryl. Careers in veterinary medicine. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 1994

Glen, Thomas B. The dolphin and whale career guide: a complete sourcebook for anyone wanting to get involved with dolphins and whales. Chicago, IL: Omega, 1997

Marinelli, Deborah A. Careers in animal care and veterinary science. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 2000

Smith, Carin A. Career choices for veterinarians: beyond private practice. Leavenworth, KS: Smith Veterinary Services, 1998.

Swope, Robert E. Opportunities in veterinary medicine careers. Lincolnwood, IL: VGM Career Horizons, 1993.

Education/Program Admission

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Veterinary medical school admission requirements in the United States and Canada. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.2000

Crawford, Jane Diehl. The pre-veterinary planning guide. Bethesda, MD: Betz Publishing Co. 1995

Gage, Loretta. If wishes were horses: the education of a veterinarian. New York: St. Martins Press, 1993

McCarthy, John B., ed. Planning your veterinary career. Denver: American Animal Hospital Association, 1992.

Women in Veterinary Medicine

Drum, Sue. Women in veterinary medicine: profiles of success. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press, 1991

Larson, Phylllis Hickney, ed. Our history of women in veterinary medicine: gumption, grace, grit, and good humor. Littleton, CO: Association for Women Veterinarians, 1997

For Young Readers

Bowman-Kruhm, Mary. A day in the life of a veterinarian. New York: PowerKids Press, 1999

Burgan, Michael. Veterinarian. Mankato, MN: Capstone Books, 2000

Ermitage, Kathleen. Veterinarian. Austin TX: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 2000

Flanagan, Alice K. Dr. Friedman helps animals. New York: Children’s Press, 1999

Greene, Carol. Veterinarians help animals. Plymouth, MN: Child’s World, c1997

Lauber, Patricia. Tiger has a toothache. Washington DC: National Geographic Society: Distributed by Publishers Group West, 1999.

Liebman, Daniel. I want to be a vet. Toronto: Firefly Books, 2000.

Maze, Stephanie. I want to be …. A veterinarian. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1997.

Ready, Dee. Veterinarians. Mankato, MN: Bridgestone Books, c1997.

Schaefer, Lola M. We need veterinarians. Mankato, MN: Pebble Books, 2000.

Schomp, Virginia. If you were a …veterinarian. Tarrytown, NY: Benchmark Books, 1998