Doug Fenwick

Biography

Dr Doug Fenwick was born in Richmond, a suburb of Melbourns in 1931. He has BVsc, MVSc, MANZCVSc and PhD qualifications in the field of veterinary science as well as a Diploma in Freelance Journalism. Since graduating as a veterinarian, he spent 18 months as a governmental veterinary officer and 25 years in country practice before spending 16 years at the University of Queensland. This book describes the 25 years as a country veterinarian. He’s had more than 40 scientific papers published, and has been guest speaker at innumerable functions, not only in the field of veterinary science, but in Drug and Alcohol Education and in Conservation.

Smashwords Interview

What has been your upbringing and working life?
Lower socio-economic inner suburban working class in Melbourne. All locals were renters and worked at factories in the adjacent back streets. For pocket money, I sold morning and afternoon newspapers from aged 10, worked in a corner grocery shop; later part time in a chemical factory, picked berries, worked on farms, worked often in a flour factory, went timber cutting. Took on Veterinary Science studies at University because it had a living allowance scholarship. Spent 18 months as a Government Veterinary Officer, 25 years in Country Practice, 16 years at the University of Queensland. After 65-year-old compulsory retirement purchased and worked at Office Chair manufacturing business for 11 years.
When did you first start writing?
I had been scribbling ideas and reviewing masses of literature on the similarities between the motivation and behaviour of humans and other animals for 50 years before I seriously began to type a manuscript which I self-published in 2008 under the title of "Animal, Brains and Cultures". It is a serious book with reviews shown at the end of "Cure It or Shoot It". As one reviewer concluded "This original work presents a paradigm for understanding human and animal behaviour in a clear-cut manner that has never before been so compelling nor relevant to the modern world.
An essential read for all of us on this planet – young adults, parents, lovers, workers and decision-makers!”
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Books

Cure It or Shoot It
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,210. Language: Australian English. Published: February 20, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Medicine
Here is a real-life cameo of the life of an initially-naive country veterinarian from 1955 to 1980. It gives factual descriptions of the medical and surgical challenges experienced in a job with irregular hours and which was frequently hard, frequently dirty, often difficult and often dangerous. Read about a bygone era when there was limited knowledge, limited help and no specialist back-ups.

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