'This first book by the much-loved stars of TV's VILLAGE VETS is the unforgettable, hilarious, heartwarming and hair-raising adventures of two country vets, the animals they treat and the characters they meet. Best mates since they met on their first day at uni, Anthony Bennett and James Carroll both dreamed of working with animals from the time they were knee high. Little did these down-to-earth country vets know their dreams would find them unlikely TV stars, their larrikinism and genuine affection for the people they meet and the animals they treat winning the hearts of Australians everywhere. Village Vets takes us back to their early years, from their hilarious escapades at university, to their intrepid adventures in the UK and the Australian bush, to setting up their own practice in an idyllic coastal town in New South Wales. But if you thought country towns were sleepy, think again. Anthony and James have done it all - operated on guinea pigs and euthanased fish; treated a horse that had lost its foot and fixed a prolapsed cow with a piece of polypipe. And then there was the day that involved four calvings, one severed artery, one fox-bait poisoning, one skewered kelpie, one snakebite and 480 kilometres of driving ...An Australian version of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, Village Vets will by turns charm you, make you laugh out loud and bring a tear to your eye. Join Anthony and James as they take you on an unforgettable journey into the heartache and joy of life as country vets, who are so often up to their armpits in ... something!' (Publication summary)
'The hilarious true adventures of two young vets dealing with all creatures (and humans!) great and small in country Australia. The life of a country vet is far from glamorous. There's no such thing as a nine-to-five working day. You're out in all weathers, at all times of the day and night. Moreoften than not you're covered in smelly muck, working against the clock to save animals in critical situations - whether that's helping a cow in distress birthing unexpectedtriplets, saving a crook dog that's eaten a bucket load of sheep fat, a horse needing a risky operation far from the surgery clinic, or a cat that you resuscitate againstall the odds. Best mates Anthony Bennett and James Carroll wouldn't have it any other way. Calving Straps and Zombie Cats is the adventures of two young vets dealing with all creatures (and humans!) great and small in country Australia. With memorable characters, some heartstopping moments, and a healthy dose of humour, these stories of life behind the scenes in a busy mixed country practice will touch your heart as well as tickle your funny-bone.You'll be hooked till the very last page.'