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At the animal clinic in Mitchell, South Dakota, there is one veterinarian--Dr. Mike Patrick. He works day and night taking care of animals both large and small. But he has some special assistants to make the practice run smoothly. His wife, Jean, manages the office, and his three children--Catherine, Shea, and Kendall--often help on farm calls and in the clinic. In this remarkable photo essay, author Jean Patrick and award-winning photographer Alvis Upitis give readers an inside view of a veterinary practice that is a family affair. In one twenty-four-hour period, Shea helps with an emergency calving, Kendall goes on a farm call to help vaccinate a herd of beef cattle, and Catherine assists with surgeries at the clinic. This portrait of a contemporary family living and working together reveals the day-to-day joys and challenges each child encounters.
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Jean L. S. Patrick is the author of If I Had a Snowplow and The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth. She lives in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Alvis Upitis is an award-winning photographer, his books include Harvest Year and Amazing Grazing, both written by Cris Peterson.
Grade 4-6-Mike Patrick, a veterinarian in rural South Dakota and the author's husband, works with all sizes of animals, often with his family members at his side. During the day and a half covered in this photo-essay, Shea helps her father "pull" a calf (assist a cow with a difficult birth), and Kendall spends a morning with him vaccinating calves. Later in the day, Catherine assists with spaying a cat and removing the dewclaws from some puppies. The author explains and clarifies these unfamiliar procedures without losing the flow of the narrative. The full-color photographs complement and complete the story. Whether catching his subjects unaware in their work or posed with a favorite animal, Upitis brings viewers into the moment, helping readers see the patients and procedures and showing the real people in this family business. This title will appeal to both city and country animal lovers. A fascinating glimpse at a veterinarian's life, enhanced by great photos.-Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1563971119
Book Description Boyds Mills Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX1563971119