My patients and other animals : a veterinarian's stories of love, loss, and hope / Suzy Fincham-Gray.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A memoir of the author's life spent in the company of animals illuminates the universal experiences of loving, healing and losing beloved pets, describing some of the remarkable cases that shaped her career while sharing a veterinarian's perspectives into the many ways that animals change our lives.
    • ISBN:
      9780812998184
      0812998189
    • Accession Number:
      2017025329
    • Accession Number:
      on1019836261
      1019836261
    • Accession Number:
      fay.565097
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      FINCHAM-GRAY, S. My patients and other animals : a veterinarian’s stories of love, loss, and hope. First edition. [s. l.]: Spiegel & Grau, 2018. ISBN 9780812998184. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097. Acesso em: 20 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Fincham-Gray S. My Patients and Other Animals : A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope. First edition. Spiegel & Grau; 2018. Accessed October 20, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097
    • APA:
      Fincham-Gray, S. (2018). My patients and other animals : a veterinarian’s stories of love, loss, and hope (First edition.). Spiegel & Grau.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Fincham-Gray, Suzanne. 2018. My Patients and Other Animals : A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope. First edition. Spiegel & Grau. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097.
    • Harvard:
      Fincham-Gray, S. (2018) My patients and other animals : a veterinarian’s stories of love, loss, and hope. First edition. Spiegel & Grau. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097 (Accessed: 20 October 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Fincham-Gray, S 2018, My patients and other animals : a veterinarian’s stories of love, loss, and hope, First edition., Spiegel & Grau, viewed 20 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Fincham-Gray, Suzanne. My Patients and Other Animals : A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope. First edition., Spiegel & Grau, 2018. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Fincham-Gray, Suzanne. My Patients and Other Animals : A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope. First edition. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Fincham-Gray S. My patients and other animals : a veterinarian’s stories of love, loss, and hope [Internet]. First edition. Spiegel & Grau; 2018 [cited 2020 Oct 20]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.565097

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2018 March #2

*Starred Review* Newly minted veterinarian Fincham-Gray arrived in the U.S. from London, about to take up an internship in small-animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. One of her first patients was Hercules, a Doberman with a gunshot wound in his chest, and we are off and running with a beautifully written look at modern veterinary medicine. As Fincham-Gray relates the steps she and the clinic take to save the dog, clearly explaining the medical terminology, she shares her realization of an emotional attachment to her animal patients that she hadn't anticipated. These two themes—the ever-evolving state of veterinary medicine and the bond between humans and animals—are explored in a series of chapters, each centering around a single case. The author also weaves in tales of her personal life, such as how adopting a cat gave her a new insight into feline medicine, or the fact that moving in with her boyfriend forced her to balance her constant drive for working with the needs of a new relationship. Fincham-Gray, who also has an MFA in creative writing, has created a wonderfully introspective look at the role of the veterinarian. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 March #1

The term chasing zebras refers to the inclination of medical practitioners to diagnose something as a rare affliction when the real diagnosis is more common. This is just one of the pitfalls first-time author Fincham-Gray succumbs to in this collection of vignettes about different veterinarian cases she has encountered. Working in various locations, from the English countryside to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and San Diego, the author demonstrates the commonality of challenges that veterinarians face when communicating with individuals about their pets; including expensive treatments that have no guarantees, inevitable end-of-life decisions, and grappling with owners whose decisions regarding care don't align with those of the treating veterinarian. Readers witness Fincham-Gray's developing ethos, as she learns how to apply textbook knowledge to real-life situations. Written with candor, humility, and humor, this memoir tells of the professional evolution of a veterinary medicine graduate to a more seasoned internal medicine practitioner. VERDICT This compelling read is highly recommended for anyone interested in veterinary medicine or who has a love of animals.—Diana Hartle, Univ. of Georgia Science Lib., Athens

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 January #5

Veterinarian Fincham-Gray explores in her candid debut the intricacies of her profession from inside the medical exam room, where she has worked for 26 years, diagnosing some of the most inscrutable animal illnesses. She describes the shock of encountering her first canine gunshot victim as an intern at an animal hospital in Philadelphia and recounts the frantic efforts to save a young dachshund suffering from pancreatitis after eating a hot dog. When a pit bull arrives in her office desperately needing a blood transfusion, Fincham-Gray makes the difficult decision to draw blood from her own dog to save its life. She recounts sleepless nights worrying about her charges (and how she will deal with her own pets' inevitable mortality) and the challenge of balancing an animal's needs with what its owners can afford. Fincham-Gray explains the diagnostic practices, the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and the history of rabies, and outlines genetic disorders of purebred dogs (without sermonizing), all in accessible language. The medical aspects of the narrative will likely draw future veterinarians to the book, but it's the tales of Fincham-Gray's patients that will keep general readers hooked. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.