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While You’re Here, Doc

Farmyard Adventures of a Maine Veterinarian

While You’re Here, Doc

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While You’re Here, Doc

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In WHILE YOU’RE HERE, DOC, Veterinarian Brad Brown never knew what to expect when he was called out to a farm to deal with a sick cow or an injured horse. Invariably the cash-strapped farmer would say, “While you’re here, Doc” and rattle off a list of surprise medical chores that weren’t part of the original call. But whether he was trying to geld a spooked stallion in a blizzard or found himself in the middle of an all-out fracas involving a monkey’s abscessed tooth and a shotgun, Dr. Brown took it in stride, with great affection for his four-legged patients as well as his two-legged clients. James Herriot, Baxter Black, and E. B. White rolled into one and wearing rubber boots, Brad Brown gives us a wonderful set of stories from the life of a country vet.

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In WHILE YOU’RE HERE, DOC, Veterinarian Brad Brown never knew what to expect when he was called out to a farm to deal with a sick cow or an injured horse. Invariably the cash-strapped farmer would say, “While you’re here, Doc” and rattle off a list of surprise medical chores that weren’t part of the original call. But whether he was trying to geld a spooked stallion in a blizzard or found himself in the middle of an all-out fracas involving a monkey’s abscessed tooth and a shotgun, Dr. Brown took it in stride, with great affection for his four-legged patients as well as his two-legged clients. James Herriot, Baxter Black, and E. B. White rolled into one and wearing rubber boots, Brad Brown gives us a wonderful set of stories from the life of a country vet.

Reviews:

“Tales of animal doctoring in a small coastal town in 1950s Maine fill this new addition to the ranks of veterinary memoirs. Since he charged his clients by the miles that he had to drive to deliver his services, Brown often heard the “while you’re here, Doc” line as farmers would add on “just one more” patient once the veterinarian had showed up. Whether chasing a stallion through a blizzard so his torn ear could be stitched–surgery done on the floor of the general store whose plate glass window the stallion had crashed through–or checking the sore tooth of a pet monkey after a merry chase in and out of the house (not to mention all the bite wounds), Brown pretty much saw it all in his years in practice. Full of laconic farmers, hysterical owners, and more feisty animal patients than one can imagine, these stories of backwoods veterinary care are sure to be popular among James Herriot lovers.” -Nancy Bent

“…gritty, hair raising, at times heart stopping experience … plenty of comedy to lighten the ride…delightful, heartwarming memoir.” -The Lincoln County News, March 16,2006

“…hilarious and thoughtful memoir…many years as a large and small animal veterinarian…this book will make everyone feel better.” -The Times Record, November 24, 2006

“…humorous, compassionate stories of struggling farm life…told with Paul Bunyanesqe verve…reminiscent of our country’s early pioneering spirit.” -Portland Sunday Telegram, August 20, 2006

“…mixes veterinary know-how with Down East storytelling, and each of his stories is a stand-alone gem…” -Maine In Print, Summer Issue 2006

“…original, funny and hair-raising glimpse…veterinary practice …crackerjack storytelling is as fully engaging as anything written by James Herriot.” -Central Maine Newspapers, March 26, 2006

“…stuffed with hilarious recollections of nearly a quarter century of dealing with all kinds of animals and…their owners.” -Yankee Magazine, May 2006

About the Author:

Bradford B. Brown, DVM, grew up on a farm in Vassalboro, Maine, and like two of his brothers, graduated from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He joined his brother Phil’s veterinary practice in Belfast, Maine, where they worked together for thirteen years, and then continued on his own for ten more, running a small-animal hospital and making hundreds of farm calls. Retired now and living at the family farm in Vassalboro, he’s been remembering the people and animals and the many adventures he enjoyed.

Additional Information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions6 x 9.00 x 1.524 in
Pages

192

ISBN

978-0-88448-279-6

Format

Paperback

Author

Bradford B. Brown, DVM

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