tales of an african vet


For more than 25 years, Dr. Roy Aronson has practiced veterinary medicine in South Africa. Through short stories, he shares his experience of working with Presents the experiences treating wild animals in their natural habitats.

Educational Themes:

Start with selecting individual stories about specific animals to learn more about them and their care. Tales of an African Vet could also be an example of short story and journal formats, as it is (at its core) a collection of individual events.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
13 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. Definitely worth reading. The writing is exceptional.
Parent Reaction

Fascinating. Dr. Aronson's descriptions were so vivid that I often felt I was standing beside or behind him. It isn't every day that we learn how to treat lion and tigers, cobra, and crocodiles (among others). I tried to read the book cover to cover, but this really is more of an anthology. Pick stories that sound interesting. As I got about halfway through the book, the stories struck a repetitive pattern and I lost interest in continuing. Even with that, I would recommend the book for its exceptional writing and insight.


Readers who love animals and see themselves in field work will thoroughly enjoy Dr. Aronson's biography.


This is a work of nonfiction. While not "gory" there are very descriptive scenes about life in the wild that may bother some readers.

Title Tales Of An African Vet
Author Roy Aronson, MD
Publisher Lyons Press © 2010
ISBN 9781599219424
Material Hard Cover
Cost $19.95
Genres Nature, Science, Animals (Nonfiction), Biography, Africa | African People
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