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Tales from the Tail End: Adventures of a Vet in Practice [Kindle Edition]

Emma Milne
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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'As warm and entertaining as Herriot, Emma's sense of humour shines through the trials and triumphs of the life of a vet.' (Steve Leonard )

'Funny and pertinent to all of us who have pets, and probably disturbing for those that don't!' (Rick Wakeman )

'Right from the Introduction any animal lover will be drawn into this enchanting and amusing account of veterinary life. Emma Milne tells of her early career as a vet in practice, in a brilliantly honest and warm way, vividly recounting the ups and downs of the novice vet. A highly entertaining read coupled with the obvious passion that Emma has for her subject matter. James Herriot, in his country practice, would have much in common with this version of life as an animals' doctor.' (Clarissa Baldwin OBE )

'Emma is a classic twenty first century vet; young, female and opinionated, with reality television celebrity status. Her tales - of animals, farmers, pet owners and television cameras - are both engaging and entertaining.' (Pete Wedderburn, the Daily Telegraph vet )

'This book is delightful, amusing and honest, like Emma.' (Christopher Timothy )

'A bluntly honest and eye-opening book that takes one on a most fascinating journey behind the traditional "shop front" of the veterinary world… an absolute must-read for all animal lovers.' (Allen Parton, author of Endal )

'A sensitive but sometimes harrowing account of the challenges facing a greenhorn vet directly out of vet school. I found this book a joy to read. I could relate to the fears and exhilaration that Emma felt in those early days and how her confidence gained momentum. The learning curve will continue through her life, but with Emma at the helm, it could only be good for our animal friends.' (Terry Nutkins )

'I have every respect for someone who can put their hand up a half-ton cow, and then pull it out to write so engagingly about the experience.' (Andrew Dilger, author of Dash: Bitch of the Year )

'The adventures of "Vets in Practice" star Milne, this is the personal side of the TV programme told with great humour.' (The Bookseller )

'A great little book that will make both tails and tongues wag.' (David Bellamy )

'Reading this book has proved to be a delightful, stunning experience. It is a celebration, an account of some of the adventures in the early life of a young vet. I simply couldn't put it down! Emma Milne writes with gravitas and soul, combined with a rare gift for infectious humour. … This book is a tour de force. … Boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen, I urge you to immerse yourself in this book and emerge at the end with every cell in your body happily changed!' (From the foreword by Brian Blessed )

'Like reading a transcript of my first job, Tales from the Tail End captures a vet's journey from student to practicing clinician brilliantly... with liberal yet totally well-founded splatterings of crazy when describing our beloved clients and ourselves. A great read!' --Scott Miller

'Funny and pertinent to all of us who have pets, and probably disturbing for those that don't!' --Rick Wakeman

'Right from the Introduction any animal lover will be drawn into this enchanting and amusing account of veterinary life. Emma Milne tells of her early career as a vet in practice, in a brilliantly honest and warm way, vividly recounting the ups and downs of the novice vet. A highly entertaining read coupled with the obvious passion that Emma has for her subject matter. James Herriot, in his country practice, would have much in common with this version of life as an animals' doctor. --Clarissa Baldwin OBE

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Misty was ecstatic to see her owner but to the nurse’s surprise her owner just stood there and said, ‘What have you done with my dog’s head?’

‘I’m sorry,’ replied the nurse, ‘what do you mean? She’s just been in for spaying.’

‘That isn’t my dog’s head. The rest of it is my dog but you’ve put a different head on it.’

On a crisp October morning in 1996, Emma Milne started her first job as a newly qualified vet, a career captured on camera for eleven series of television’s Vets in Practice. Now she tells the full story. We discover the numerous things that can get stuck in an animal’s stomach, how to stop a cow exploding, and – the biggest truth of all – that animals are easy to deal with in comparison to their owners.

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, and these Tales from the Tail End turn out to be stranger – and funnier – than you could ever have imagined…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HOJKA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,864 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Having been featured on BBC's Vets in Practice for seven years I've had the opportunity to get involved in lots of things that an everyday vet might miss out on. As well as getting involved with lots of brilliant animal charities I've also ended up writing for quite a few magazines over the years and have done quite a bit of welfare campaigning. Being on the panel for Question Time's fox hunting special was probably one of my scariest but most memorable moments!

I wrote my first book over a few years in between work and it was published in 2007. With The Truth about Cats and Dogs I really wanted to make people aware of the sorry state of the health of our pedigree dogs and cats. We should be striving to make sure our wonderful animal companions are as healthy as they can be way before we worry about how they look.

My second book, Tales from the Tail End, was brilliant fun to write and is very different. After years of serious welfare issues it was a lovely bit of light relief to write a book based on the funny and bizarre things that have happened to me over my time as a vet. Having grown up totally in love with the stories of James Herriot is was great to set out my own mishaps and experiences for all to see. Being a female vet brings its own unique 'issues' in some cases and having had the added oddity of being a semi-celebrity for some of the time the stories do vary greatly!

For the moment I'm not practising at the surgery because I spend my days (in between trying to continue my welfare work) looking after my two lovely daughters who, of course, are creating their own stories and chapters in my life.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book. 17 April 2012
Format:Paperback
For someone who was an avid watcher of TVs "Vets in Practice" like myself, this book gives a fascinating insight into Emma's own point of view at the times of recording the programmes. Those who may not remember the series will nevertheless be equally enthralled because the stories she relates are sometimes hilariously funny, at other times touchingly sad, but always extremely interesting. I can thoroughly recommend this book to animal lovers and people watchers alike!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 11 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Well what a surprise, an excellent read, i was really enthralled by this book

Emma has included just the right mix of animal/owner exposure and keeps everything on track and understated.

She doesn`t allow herself to get too carried away with quirky eccentricities (although i suspect there were many)
Which gives a wonderful and sensitive effect.

Being of James Herriot era I wondered what the pages would expose differently and was bowled over by the result
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a book!! 30 April 2012
By Loz
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This is an amazing read about a journey that a young newly qualified vet encounters. It is a heart felt story that makes you smile aswell as bringing you down to earth with the reality of veterinary practice. The book is very well written and contains humour all the way through; it is an emotional rollercoaster! The author obviously writes passionately as well as keeping you nervously waiting to find out what happens next. It is a book full of joy and tears - amazing, well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma Milne tales from the tail end 24 April 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is a delightful, funny, thought provoking read into the life of Emma the vet! I thoroughly enjoyed it and literally couldn't put it down! It exudes every emotional possible as an animal lover but Emma also give her no nonsense, objective point of view into animal and vetnary care!

Some of the stories are heartbreaking, some are really informative and the rest is just hilarious to point of crying with laughter!! Ill never think of Sooty and Sweep in the same way again (a little spoiler which ill take no further!)

It's particularly well written and flows very well from chapter to chapter. I genuinely recommend everyone to read this, and for me personally, it was a little bit of therapy in dealing with the deaths of my own pets.

I love this book and can't wait for the next one. BUY IT !!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read. 29 Oct. 2013
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I used to love the James Herriott vet series, both in book form and on TV. I have seen the TV programmes 'Vets In Practice' so I was pleased to find this factual book in the Amazon top 100 by Emma Milne who was often featured on the programme. This book contains cases from the TV days at the practice and also has many moments about Emma's home life, her pets and her courtship and marriage to fellow vet Joe Inglis who was also featured on the Vets In Practice programme. It has comic moments and parts that tug at your heartstrings, also parts where you really feel you have learnt something. Well-told, it is an enriching read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxation 11 Jun. 2012
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A very interesting and entertaining read, a book once started, it's difficult to put down. Emma is funny, yet serious when needed,also very compassionate too. could we have more please?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 20 May 2012
By Bethy
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Emma Milne is a brilliant writer, and she has a great sense of humour, I have really enjoyed reading this book, all the animals and people, some wierd, some eccentric, that she met during her time as a newly qualified vet, makes this book a fantastic read, I had many a good laugh. If you love animals, I would certainly recommend this wonderful book to anyone. Well done Emma.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster of emotions 25 April 2012
Format:Paperback
I went through every possible emotion whilst reading this book. Emma's description, whether it's an animal shed in winter, or the adventures of her kleptomaniac cat, Brian, had me hooked from the very beginning. I just couldn't put it down. Emma tells an amazing, honest and often frank story but what you take away from this is that it isn't just a job. She really cares about the animals and their owners she has worked with, proving she was perfect material for Vets in Practice - all those years ago!
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