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Dr Courtney Diehl is an equine veterinarian in private practice.
on Aug. 25, 2014 :
I enjoyed this book so much I attempted to contact her through a web site (vet practice?) and tell her directly (no luck). If there is a second book I would definitely purchase that.
A book well done and I definitely recommend!
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on May 10, 2014 :
THANK YOU, soo much, for taking the time to write this book! Seriously, from the title to the end, I LOVED IT!
You really opened my eyes to the "cut-throat" world of being an equine vet, and definitely put to rest the "glorified illusions" I had in my head of this career choice.
My hat goes off to all of you who have been able to succeed in this career choice.
My whole life, I have been a passionate horse lover. One month shy of my 18th birthday, I bought my first horse and have never been horseless a day since. It's been over 25 years.
During this time, I have met every personality you spoke of in your book. Your book made me reflect back, remember some of the "colorful' characters, both human and horse I have crossed paths with. It's also reminded me of why I don't belong to any equine groups.
After high school, I never had a direction. I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life, so I got married, had children and although I have enjoyed my life, I've always felt something was missing.
Over the years, I've tended to miner injuries, cuts, scrapes, mild lameness, colic, foaling when I have needed our vet, the praise he would give about my diligent care, and the satisfaction I felt when I did everything just right made me believe I had missed my "calling."
Through this process I decided that I wished I would have become a vet, specializing in horses. I really, REALLY believed this was my calling....until I read your book.
It's not the vetting I'd have a problem with, it's the people...the horse owners, the passionate differences of opinions we all seem to have. Those passionate differences that keep me happy to be "the loner" in the horse world.
Since reading your book, I have found HUGE inner peace, in knowing that, I am sure I would be an excellent veterinarian, as far as the work goes, I also know me, and I know I would NOT have succeeded due to the combination of "other vets" and "colorful' owners.
So thank you again, for this amazing book. And THANK YOU for bringing ME...PEACE!
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
on March 02, 2014 :
I love this book. No, I mean that I *LOVE* this book. I do not pass out "five 'stars'" very often, but this book deserves them, and more. The book is funny at times, and sad, and disgusting--- and a "must read" for people who are considering entering the profession. The stories about interacting with clients and their charges (the doctor's patients) are always informative even when amusing.
Ignorance is the human default condition: there is no shame in being ignorant about a subject such as equine medical care, unless a person is deliberately working hard at remaining ignorant. Sadly, a great many owners and care takers of horses are vastly ignorant about horses and their medical needs. (I have found the same to be true for cattlemen and -women, whom one local veterinarian was induced to call, affectionately and well-meaningfully, "A sub-culture of morons.")
Far too many horse care takers believe in magic and superstition as treatments for what ails their charges. Homeopathy for example (that is, placebos and the placebo effect) does not work for human animals, let alone horses, dogs, pigs, goats, rabbits, cows, gold fish, etc. Unfortunately animals (that includes humans) "treated" with homeopathy instead of real, effective treatments can suffer and die--- while the sellers and promoters of the fraudulent, useless "treatment" are handsomely paid, and risk no attention from law enforcement for their behavior.
I very heartily recommend this book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)