Cats, dogs, people — funny and heartbreaking stories from a pet veterinarian
With insight and humor, Dr. Philipp Schott shares tales from the unlikely path he took into his career of veterinary science and anecdotes from his successful small-animal clinic. Dr. Schott brings to his writing the benefit of many years of expertise. Wisdom he imparts on readers includes the best way to give your cat a pill, how to prevent your very handy dog from opening a fridge, and how to handle your fish when it has half-swallowed another.
Through these and other experiences, Dr. Schott also learned that veterinary medicine is as much, if not more, about the people as it is the animals. And he will have you laughing and crying as you embark on this journey of discovery with him.
Philipp Schott practices in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he manages one of the largest pet hospitals in the province. He blogs frequently and travels extensively.
“For all animal lovers, veterinary tales are always amusing, amazing, entertaining, and, once in a while, sad. Few books . . . approach the combination of fine writing, radical honesty, and endless optimism found in Winnipeg practitioner Schott’s . . . Laugh until you cry — and believe, as he says, that all that really matters is that the heart of the pet (and its owner) is pure.” — Booklist
“Dr. Schott is the kind of vet we all want for our animals. Schott’s The Accidental Veterinarian is filled with heartwarming stories any animal lover will enjoy. It’s informative and entertaining, much like our pets themselves!” — Teresa Rhyne, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dog Lived (and So Will I)
“Who amongst us animal lovers hasn’t fantasized being a vet? Well, read Philipp Schott’s highly entertaining and informative book and learn exactly what you’d be in for — all the poignancy, hilarity, and plain hard work. You may decide to keep your day job, but you’ll be a much better animal companion for having picked up the many insider tips Schott imparts.” — Barbara Gowdy, award-winning author of The White Bone and Helpless
“A pleasant interlude of a book for those of us who love our animals and rely on the vets who care for them. Canadian vet Philipp Schott's calm voice, practical point of view, and gentle humor is so like the vets I've known through many years and wonderful pets . . . Good stuff, and, of course, plenty of the anecdotes we all enjoy so much.” — A Day in the (Reading) Life blog
“It was entertaining to read the stories about the animals he's helped but it was also interesting to get the scoop on what it's like to be a vet.” — Teena in Toronto blog