Jackson, Donna M. ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2005. ISBN: 06188436634
Author Donna M. Jackson gives readers a behind the scenes look at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University. Much information is included: how animals are triaged; descriptions of specialists in emergency veterinary medicine; history of vets; what a day in the life of an ER vet is like; information on grief counseling when a pet dies; harmful foods for pets; and more. Stories of a dog HBC (Hit by Car), a python with hypothermia, and a newborn foal in need of oxygen complete this fast-paced book about emergency veterinary medicine.
At first this book seemed long, but as I started reading it, it read quickly and I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. The plentiful and quality photographs support the text by helping clarify the pet’s situation. I also liked the way the text focuses both on the animals and the people who are caring for them. It gave a full picture of what being at an emergency veterinary hospital would be like.
The book is organized well and has explanations for the photographs and insets of additional veterinary information (such as pet vital statistics). Jackson does a careful job of noting her sources with both interviews conducted and literature used cited. This is an interesting book!
The chapter “Lucy Slips Away” was personally helpful to me as we added a new reptile pet to our family.
BOOKLIST: “…Jackson gives both pets and their caregivers their due, and numerous, excellent photos, including a look at a surgery in progress, make this not only intriguing browsing material but also an honest initiation to a worthwhile career.”
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: “With plentiful, excellent-quality photographs, this highly visual book offers a behind-the-scenes look at an emergency animal hospital in Colorado.”
*2006 Orbis Pictus Honor Book for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and other honors.
*Use this book to teach about access features.
*Use with any study of books with endpapers (I have become a fan of endpapers!)
*Great for exploring future job choices.
*Also by Jackson
The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature ISBN: 0395869765