When Alan Reece qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the dawn of the new millennium, he had a plan: save the world, one animal at a time. Of course, no plan survives contact with the enemy, and Alan soon discovers he has far more enemies than he was expecting – aside from vicious pets, difficult owners, surly farmers, and children from hell, he finds himself working with aWhen Alan Reece qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the dawn of the new millennium, he had a plan: save the world, one animal at a time. Of course, no plan survives contact with the enemy, and Alan soon discovers he has far more enemies than he was expecting – aside from vicious pets, difficult owners, surly farmers, and children from hell, he finds himself working with an unhinged and jealous surgeon who makes it his personal mission ruin Alan's life. Battling long hours, life and death decisions, tragic cases, a complaint from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and an unexpected love triangle, Alan’s hopes of saving the world are quickly replaced with a simple question: Can he even last a year in practice? Once Bitten… is the story of a young vet’s first few months in practice, and how they changed his life forever....
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Once Bitten Reviews
Great insight into a junior vet's life - I would like to see a sequel :)
In short, this book gave me exactly what I needed. As someone at the beginning of a career in the veterinary world, it was so refreshing to read about the realistic side of the industry, not simply fairy tales of superhero vets and happy endings all round. The nerves, the constant over-thinking, the mistakes, and of course, the occasional good days. I can imagine that this book is just as wonderful to read if you're someone who is just a big fan of a good old vet story, but from my point of view, it was an enjoyable and vitally reassuring read. We all get things wrong, but that's okay, because we'll learn from them and use them to grow. Not quite as sophisticated a writing style as James Herriot, whom every vet book seems to have to be compared to, but a thoroughly enjoyable little read. I was, however, reassured to learn that this book is a work of fiction, considering one particular tale involving a guinea pig and a microwave...
WittyInteresting insight into the life of a young vet. I wouldn't get this book mixed up with any James Herriot books but still a witty read.
Enjoyable read!Not quite James Herriot but a very enjoyable read just the same.I would have given 5 stars were it not for the very abrupt ending!!!
What is it like to be a shiny new veterinarian? This book breathes life into the awkwardness, beauty, and fear that come along with the first formative years of an animal doctors career. Like a foal first trying to get its spindly legs steady underneath it, this story will resonate with anyone who is finally making their dreams come true, when you are not sure the experience can live up to all the hopes you've built up over the years. Many of us can relate to worrying and wondering if we can be good enough, and the soaring highs and crushing lows that come along with figuring out what we are really made of. As a veterinarian myself - while I can thankfully say I've never encountered or even heard about ANTYHING like a particularly gruesome incident in one chapter of the book - the spirit of the book was one I could have used during my first few years and would have helped me know that there were other people out there going through what I was going through. Be careful, this book will suck you in. I intended to sit down and read "just a couple chapters" (I had read it in full before as a draft) I couldn't stop myself from reading the whole thing all over again in just one sitting. Have purchased many to give to all the young and new graduate veterinarians I know. Must read for anyone thinking about pursuing this path.
As a soon-to-be vet student, this book was a delightful glimpse into the future. Written in first person (seemingly semi-autobiographical), this slightly self-deprecating, humorous account of a newly qualified veterinary surgeon in the UK is engaging and easy to read. I especially appreciated the refreshingly honest way he wrote about his doubts and self-questioning a few months into the job. It's a shame that it's set back in the 1990s - the profession has come a long way since then and is bound to be different when I qualify in 2020!The writing does slip into cliche and rather simplistic construction sometimes - hence the 4 stars, not 5. But this wasn't a big enough issue to reduce any of my enjoyment of the story itself.It isn't a very long book, so would be an ideal easy summer read for anyone interested in the 'behind the scenes' of the veterinary surgery - or just wanting a fun story of the adventures of a young, nervous graduate entering a notoriously difficult profession.
Tales of a young vetI recently started volunteering at a local kitten rescue shelter so this book held my interest. A few of the author's stories were clearly relatable. Best advise given, never buy an animal, rescue one from a shelter.
Well ,, He isn't James Herriot .. OK Stories ..
New VeterinarianInteresting look at young man entering the real world of his profession and the difference between his preconceived view of being a vet and the reality thereof