Dances with Sheep
Memoirs of a Vet Student

By Steve Weddell
December 2006
Book Guild                    
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 1857769996
228 pages, 6 ½” x 9 ½”
$38.95 Hardcover

Becoming a vet is a steep learning curve at the best of times, but for Steve Weddell it was steeper than most.  Not only was Steve a mature student, but he had also spent years battling the painful symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.  A spell as a zoo-keeper convinced Steve that he really wanted to be a vet, but would his physical difficulties hold him back? 

The intricacies of small animal surgery and cold, wet farm visits played havoc with his inflamed arthritic joints, and the university authorities seemed not to care about the extra challenges he faced.  Being unable to hold a pen is a serious disadvantage in a high-pressure exam situation. 

Only the warm encouragement of his fellow students kept him going through the darkest days, when his degree seemed an impossible dream.  This book follows in the Herriot tradition of veterinary humor, with tales to warm the heart and dismay the vegetarian.  Anyone with fond memories of those student days that pass in a haze of revision, panic and party-going will love this book, which is also an inspiration to anyone fighting to overcome a disability.

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