The Veterinarian’s Touch

Profiles of Life Among Animals

Since James Herriot first began his practice almost a century ago, new technologies and the changing concerns of animal owners have dramatically altered the veterinarian’s world. Through a kaleidoscope of contrasting portraits, Lee Gutkind introduces an equally impassioned lot of doctors and their sometimes eccentric patients. Animal lovers will love this journey from tony, expensive Manhattan practices to mucky farms, from cutting-edge animal hospitals to zoos and aquatic parks.


“Vivid portraits of an extraordinary group of doctors.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“Gutkind sensitively reveals the many challenges and satisfactions of a noble calling. “

—Diane Ackerman