Did you join us in reading September’s Book Club choice- The Secret Life of a Vet?
We absolutely loved this book- it was such a fun yet poignant read. The memories Rory shared with us, and the journey he took the reader on were just magical. This is the first month that even my mum got involved in Book Club- such was the way Rory captured his audiences attention.
So having sung the praises of this incredible story, we wanted to share it with you all.
Rory has kindly offered a free book to one lucky reader. All you have to do is enter below and enjoy his interview
It’s always been veterinary for me, ever since I first visited the vets as a four year old boy with our first Great Dane puppy Lulu
Ralph was my first proper case. He was a boxer dog and had horrible epilepsy which ultimately we had to put him to sleep for. He was both my first proper case, and the first patient I cried over.
Dogs. Cats. No, dogs. Ugh…
The first time I delivered puppies by a cesarean. It was incredibly stressful but the most rewarding thing I have done.
Absolutely not. I am often my own worst enemy, and I talk about going down the rabbit hole in my book. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve and one of the best things my therapist told me was that talking about these things is often the best way to lighten the load. He was right.
I think vets are often guilty of pigeon holing themselves. Being a vet is our identity, but it cannot be everything we are. Baking and exercise are just some of the tools I use to unwind and stay healthy.
Oh 100%. There is bags of research into the benefit of dogs on mental health and I am a firm believer that a dog cuddle is the best anecdote to a bad day.
My dad. He is the hardest worker I know and always told me that if I worked hard enough for something, it would eventually come to me one way or another.
I’m not very good at this haha. I can occasionally be found binging a Netflix box set with a bottle of wine or if I’m feeling like I need to get away, out on my bike into the countryside.
If I couldn’t be a vet I’m not sure I would be terribly happy. I would still want to work with animals so maybe something that incorporated travel too, something in conservation maybe?
Dogs. All animals in fact. Good food. Seeing new places. My family and friends.
It will be tough but keep at it. Everyone feels like they aren’t good enough at times, you are. And yes, you are a vet and it’s amazing, but don’t forget the other things in life that make you who you are. They are just as important.
Absolutely. I see dozens every day that are testament to this.
Listen to your dog, they are often telling you everything you need to know.
Be aware of the challenges your dog faces that are out of their nature and develop strategies to face these.
Make sure you allow your dog to be a dog.
Thank you so much Rory for the amazing book and the fun interview. Congratulations on the new puppy.
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