How to Be a Vet

FCBG are delighted that Jess French, vet and author of How to be a Vet has shared a blog post for National Non-Fiction November.

It’s half past one, it’s already been a very busy morning and the vet is about to take a bite of her sandwich when the receptionist rushes in.

“There’s an emergency, please come quickly.”

The vet places her sandwich back down on her plate, pulls on her scrubs and rushes into the waiting room where a crowd of fluffy faces peer up at her.

“Fluffy McFloofer?” she asks.

Fluffy is in a bad way, she has been trying to deliver her puppies for several hours but they are stuck fast. The vet rushes Fluffy into the consulting room and after a short examination it’s clear that she needs an operation. The whole team leaps to action, preparing Fluffy to go into surgery. Once Fluffy is asleep, a nurse monitors her anaesthetic to make sure that she is comfortable and pain free. After a few minutes, the vet lifts the first puppy out and passes him to a nurse, who rubs him in a towel. He starts to squeak – music to their ears. By the end of the operation, five nurses are standing around the operating table, each of them cradling a squeaking new-born pup. What a team they make!

After the operation, a recovery nurse watches Fluffy as she wakes up, while the vet goes to get cleaned up. By the time the vet returns, the puppies have been reunited with their mother and are having their first taste of milk. A very happy end to a scary situation.

Stories like this occur every day in veterinary surgeries up and down the country. Aren’t these people incredible? They work tirelessly to look after our animals.

But who is the hero of the story? Is it the receptionist, who recognised the warning signs when Fluffy first arrived and quickly raised the alarm? Is it the vet, who realised what was wrong and rushed Fluffy through to surgery? Is it the nurses, who prepared Fluffy for surgery, monitored her anaesthetic, and resuscitated her puppies? Of course, it’s not any one of those people – it’s all of them! They are all animal heroes, working together to save the lives of Fluffy and her pups.

Our world is full of animal heroes such as this veterinary team. Behaviourists, who help animals that have been treated poorly to stop feeling so afraid. Lab technicians, who analyse samples taken by vets to help them find out what is wrong. Farriers, who look after horses’ feet. Dog walkers who walk dogs for people who cannot do it themselves. Park rangers, who stop people from acting in a way that will be damaging to wildlife. RSPCA inspectors who investigate animals that have been treated badly. Without these animal heroes, our pets, zoo animals and wild creatures would have less healthy, happy and fulfilled lives. They are all animal heroes.

Do you have what it takes to be an animal hero? Find out more about the jobs that are available and how you can get involved with them in How to Be a Vet and Other Animal Jobs.

How to be a Vet by Jess French, published by Nosy Crow is available to buy in bookshops.

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