Tales of An African Vet

Tales of An African Vet

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Presents the experiences of a veterinarian who has practiced in South Africa for a period of twenty-five years, describing his treatments of such wild animals as a lion, bull elephant, king cobra, rhinoceros, and crocodile, and the dangers he has encountered in his practice.

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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.




The heart-wrenching and adventure-filled stories of a South African wild animal vet and his colleagues

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781599219424
Branch Call Number: 636.089 ARO
Characteristics: 227 p. ;,20 cm.


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Apr 01, 2015

This is a wonderful collection of the adventures of a veterinarian in South Africa who treats wildlife in addition to his regular practice. I especially identified with his philosophy that humans have a duty to help wild animals when we can, because humans have so altered and minimized their natural environment.

Oct 02, 2011

Written like the dialog for the T.V. show it became. A few interesting tidbits about the animals but otherwise dull.

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