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For Further Exploration


  • Mary Bowman-Kruhm, A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian. New York: PowerKids Press, 1999. Readers will travel along with a veterinarian as she makes house calls to visit a variety of different animals.
  • Jennifer Owings Dewey, Wildlife Rescue: The Work of Dr. Kathleen Ramsay. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 1994. The story of a veterinarian who founded New Mexico’s Wildlife Center, which treats sick and injured birds, and animals from all over the western United States.
  • Jean L. Patrick, Cows, Cats, and Kids: A Veterinarian’s Family at Work. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2003. The story of a rural South Dakota veterinarian who works with all sizes and types of animals, often with his wife and three children working alongside him.
  • Willow Ann Sirch, Careers with Animals: The Humane Society of the United States. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 2000. Describes careers in veterinary medi­cine, as well as other related jobs for kids who love domestic animals and wildlife.


  • Lynn Coulter, “Wet Vet,” Ranger Rick, April 1998. The story of Dr. Chris Keller, a veterinarian whose patients are the fish, alligators, ducks, frogs, and other creatures that live at the Tennessee Aquarium.
  • Nancy Dreschel, “Scooter’s Story,” Jack and Jill, September 2000. An article written by a veterinarian from Pennsylvania who describes her treatment of a seriously injured beagle puppy.
  • Mark Wheeler, “All Creatures Great and Odd,” Discover, December 1997. A fascinating article about veterinarians who specialize in treating exotic pets such as tarantulas, pythons, and turtles.
  • Geoff Williams, “Animal ER,” Boys’ Life, November 1998. Gives readers a firsthand glimpse at Grady Veterinary Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, which has a twenty-four-hour emergency room.

Web Sites

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (www. avma.org). An informative site about veterinary careers that has a special section designed just for kids.
  • Animal Doc Com (www.uga.edu). This site, main­tained by the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was created especially for kids interested in veterinary careers. Includes information about a variety of animals, a “Meet the Doctor” section, and a virtual tour of the college.
  • Animal Planet (www.animalplanet.com). Includes a section entitled Emergency Vets, which introduces Dr. Holly Knor and the other stars of the hit television show by the same name. Also includes a number of stories featuring unusual situations faced by the vets.

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