When fresh-faced, newly qualified vet Anna arrives in the seemingly sleepy Dorset village of Ebbourne, little does she know that this tiny rural community is about to change her life .
Straight in at the deep end, Anna faces two tricky calvings, an emergency call-out to a frightened mare, lots of mad cats (and mad cat women) and one enormous dog with an injured leg and a threatening bark. Spirited and determined, Anna quickly finds her feet and falls in love with rural life, including Ebbourne's eccentric characters and their animals.
Disasters, dramas, farmers and friendship - and not to mention a whirlwind romance with a local Wildlife Trust worker - this warm and witty memoir offers a window into what working with animals and country life is really all about.
Can you tell us about your memoir, Call the Vet?
I really liked the description in my first review which labelled it as 'the literary lovechild of James Herriott and Bridget Jones'. It is an account of my first year in rural veterinary practice, set in beautiful Dorset. And like Bridget Jones I was pretty green, a bit hapless and experienced disasters and romance. It is a reflection of the work and my take on it; I tried to tell the mix of pathos and humour.