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How Animals Saved My Life: Being the Supervet

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Parts were very hard to read, some very technical (in particular the description of sessions in transandental meditation and the briefs if Buddhists) but in conclusion a remarkable book by a remarkable man. pages on how animals show this trait more than people, and how his dog and cat show this trait to him every day without judgement. The overall structure of the book wasn't what I was expecting, it was split into chapters on personality traits/virtues, mostly explained through lessons he has learned from animals in his care and his two beloved pets.

Noel’s philosophy of life also features in the book which struck a chord with me As the RCVS case takes its toll combined with an accident at home in which he breaks his neck and the complications of COVID you wonder how he managed to keep going.

Sunday Times bestseller Listening to the Animals was about Noel's path to becoming The Supervet, then How Animals Saved My Life is about what it's like to actually be The Supervet.

This is a lively book with moments of joy as an animal recovers or a new technique is a success but also of sorrow when a pet cannot be saved or succumbs to old age. SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER It has been 30 years since Noel Fitzpatrick graduated as a veterinary surgeon, and that 22-year-old from Ballyfin, Ireland, is now one of the leading veterinary surgeons in the world.I've already read Becoming the Supervet, and found it so interesting to try and understand how Fitzpatrick has reached his current status as a veterinary surgeon. The journey to that point has seen Noel treat thousands of animals – many of whom were thought to be beyond help – animals that have changed his life, and the lives of those around them, for the better. This is not a light fluffy read by any means, it is gut wrenching and you will never forget reading it.

Incidentally as a watcher of Supervet I've quite often thought there was over treatment but then as he points out, it's not quantifiably defined so who knows). Read with my daughter who is a fan of Supervet and very much enjoyed the author’s previous book which I think was more conventionally biographical. The no doubt excellent 'One Medicine' philosophy becomes a little too preachy and his enlightenment, whilst great for him, is but the essence of all major faiths: putting less emphasis on oneself and more on others, sacrificial giving, forgiveness etc. I got a self help book and a philosophy book as well as a book on transcendental meditation and buddhism.Lovely book written by a man who has many worries about his own life but concentrates on making animal lives much better. Someone kindly bought this book for me as a gift, I don't think I've ever cried so much reading a book (except maybe Ginger's death in Black Beauty), but it is a fascinating glimpse into the Supervet's world.

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