Creatures of the Rock

Creatures of the Rock

A Veterinarian's Adventures in Newfoundland

Book - 2014
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When Andrew Peacock made the move from Ontario to Newfoundland, he thought he was kicking off his career as a newly qualified veterinarian with a brief adventure in a novel location. Turns out he was wrong about the duration --he is still in Newfoundland three decades later. But it has certainly been an adventure. A whole series of adventures. In his immense new practice - half the Avalon Peninsula - Andrew was the only vet for miles around, visiting patients (and their owners) on farms, in homes and zoos, and in the wild. A day's work could include anything from performing a Caesarian section on a cow in a blizzard, to pursuing a moose on the loose, to freeing a humpback whale from a trap designed for cod. And, on the human side, anything from trying to impress a surprisingly large audience of farmers with your first boar castration, to taking care of the distressed owners of a stricken cat, to discouraging farm hands from helping themselves to hypodermic needles. All this against the background of a domestic scene in which Andrew's wife Ingrid--also freshly qualified, as a "human doctor"--shares the adventure of making a new life, fitting in to a well-established community, and in due course of starting a family.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Doubleday Canada,, ©2014
ISBN: 9780385682596
Branch Call Number: 636.089092 PEA NVD
Characteristics: xiii, 283 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Oct 31, 2017

GREAT BOOK! I read it over and over, until I had to return it to the library.

ontherideau Nov 04, 2015

A Newfoundland James Herriot, most enjoyable.

Jun 24, 2015

The best book I have read this year. A delightful memoir which is both entertaining and moving.

May 02, 2015

What a delightful story. Heartily recommend it.

Jan 20, 2015

Andrew Peacock is a born vet but also a born story teller. I enjoyed this book; it brought out a variety of emotions from crying to laughing and everything in between.

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Jun 24, 2015

Tybalt thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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