An Animal Life: The Beginning (Signed Paperback)

$15.95

An Animal Life: The Beginning – Signed Paperback ($15.95)

The paperback version will arrive dated and “hand signed” by the primary author. An Animal Life: The Beginning is (to our knowledge) the first novel series ever set in the bustling world of the modern veterinary school. At least $3.00 from each copy purchased is donated to the animal charity of your choice at checkout.

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4.94 out of 5

186 reviews for An Animal Life: The Beginning (Signed Paperback)

  1. 5 out of 5

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    This book has it all. Centered around a great cast of characters, first year Vet students, it timelines their trials & tribulations through a very stressful time. Witty, humorous, educational. It captures your attention & holds it to the last page.

  2. 5 out of 5

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    Very Entertaining and Interesting — This was both educational and a delight to read. I’m glad my book club chose it as our monthly selection.

  3. 5 out of 5

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    Medallion Honoree — We are proud to announce that AN ANIMAL LIFE: THE BEGINNING by Howard Krum is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

  4. 5 out of 5

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    Charming! — Paper Chase a la vet school. Chuckles and insights. “An Animal Life” would make a great TV series. I look forward to The MIddle (but not The End).

  5. 5 out of 5

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    I’m a “non-Penn” veterinarian but have been teaching at Penn for about 18 years. I started reading the book mostly out of curiosity to see if I could learn more about the culture of this particular school. I was quickly caught up in the story and simply enjoyed it for the hilarious and yet endearing tale that it is. The authors do a fabulous job of mixing a real setting with believable characters, and I found myself drawn into the story not wanting it to end. Hurry up with Book 2!!

  6. 5 out of 5

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    Engaging and funny – Mom and young adult daughter both loved! — My daughter and I both loved this book and are hoping for another one very soon! The characters and story line were emotionally engaging, funny and demonstrated the struggles of all college and professional students. Keep them coming!

  7. 5 out of 5

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    A wonderful read for everyone! — As soon as I finished reading the prologue I knew that this book was going to be special. The unusual interviews of the veterinary student candidates had sparked my enthusiasm for meeting some interesting characters. I was not disappointed. You will find the same wit and humor throughout the book.

    The characters, including some special mentors and teachers, brought you right into the rigorous struggles in the life of a first year student. I do think that almost everyone can relate to some of the “life lessons” by participating in reading about the world of caring for the needs of both animals and people. Now I realize that I had little understanding of the behaviors of animals that are put into special situations. Nor did I have a clear view of what it encompasses to become a veterinarian. I’d love to learn more!

    I am ready to re-connect with some of my favorite characters to share their joys and struggles as they embark on the second semester of year one. I can hardly wait for book 2 to be published.

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Great Characters! — The characters, in An Animal Life, came alive and were very entertaining! There were parts of the characters that we could all relate to. Reading this book opened up a whole new world for me that I never thought exsisted. I really enjoyed reading about a subject that I have never read before. I look forward to the story continuing so I could share more experiences with the characters. I can’t wait for the next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

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    I loved this book! — This story is about the first semester at veterinary school but anyone who went to college can identify with the characters in this story. The work and worries of new students comes clearly through and you find yourself rooting for them to succeed. The crazy antics of the students are skillfully mixed with serious and then later sad realities facing vets today. It struck my funnybone and then later my heart. I had to reconnect with my college roommate and reminisce. Don’t let this book get away. You will love it!

  10. 5 out of 5

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    A great read for any animal lover — I purchased this book for my daughter who is about to begin vet school this fall. She loved it and so did I. It provides a delightful peak behind the scenes into the day to day (and night) experiences during vet school. Written with great humor, intelligence and compassion, as well as suspense (and a touch of romance) this book was a quick, fun and memorable read! I highly recommend it for anyone who EVER wanted to be a vet or who loves animals !! Looking forward to the sequel!!

  11. 4 out of 5

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    (4.5 Stars!) AN ANIMAL LIFE: follows first year veterinary students attending the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine as they tackle stress, lack of sleep, and the near impossible task of being a veterinary student. It focuses on a group of individuals who become friends and how they manage to make it through their first year. They must face difficult exams, unusual assignments, and an array of exciting, dangerous, and funny tasks. While the students struggle through their work, the professors come across an unknown disease that is killing off all kinds of animals and has now started to infect humans. They must race to figure out what exactly is happening with help from their able students. Mystery, humor, medical lingo, and student life are all mixed into this book, making it an enjoyment to read and a smart choice for those looking to pursue veterinary school.

    This book has everything you need—it is smart, well written, bright, and features intelligent characters that have a knack for stirring up trouble, as well as a clear insight to the odd life veterinary students, professors, and staff lead. It deals with everything from specific cases, types of medical procedures, psychology of a vet student, to relationships, betrayal, and the confusing nature of true love. It is an exciting read as you jump from one part of veterinary medicine to the next, following the students around the halls and experiencing the demanding tasks alongside them. Readers will be able to experience everything from solving a medical mystery, dissecting animals in anatomy labs, and diagnosing illnesses in animal patients. Though at times the medical jargon can be a bit overwhelming, and grammatical errors are sometimes distracting, ANIMAL LIFE immerses the reader into the life of a vet. The unusual and downright hilarious antics the students get into from racing each other in the dead-horse steeplechase, playing cow-pie bingo, and battling blue herons makes you want to drop everything and apply to vet school just to take part in the games or get the good feeling of helping animals on a daily basis; that is, until you realize how much work the students put into passing each elaborate and demanding exam.

    ANIMAL LIFE is a wonderful book for those considering veterinary school to get a glimpse of what is coming, and still a great book for everyday readers to see just what vets do when they aren’t diagnosing your animal.

  12. 5 out of 5

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    After 55 years of being a freshman, it brought back a lot of memories and laughter. Anna Heywood was an exeptional person and to see her exonerated was very poignant to me. Good job!

  13. 5 out of 5

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    I read this book after my daughter (senior pre-vet, UF) recommended it. I absolutely loved it. If you still want to be a vet after reading this book, you will most likely succeed!! I laughed and I cried, and I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the curriculum right along with the characters. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! She said there was supposed to be another one written, and I will be there to buy it the minute it’s printed!!

  14. 5 out of 5

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    I laughed, I cried, I came to terms — Well, maybe not so much the latter. I loved it and it took me back to an amazing time in my life, something you don’t necessarily appreciate when reeking of formalin or cow poop. Kudos (or kudus as we say we say in the zoological world) or a great job.

  15. 4 out of 5

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    “An Animal Life: The Beginning” by Howard Nelson Krum with Roy Pe Yanong and Scott Moore follows a group of students through their first semester at University of Philadelphia School of Veterinary Medicine in the 1980s. For readers interested in what vet school is like, this book offers a full experience of demanding class work, raucous parties, and sometimes painful personal growth.

    The omniscient point of view is skillfully done. It gives the authors leeway to explain aspects of veterinary medicine in technical detail so readers can understand what the students are learning in class. …In an intensive and useful glossary, the authors define An Animal Life as “A book series [that] may be an upcoming blockbuster movie or TV series.” They offer a “Suggested Soundtrack” of popular songs to accompany each chapter. Their music selections are knowledgeable and clever, and the objective omniscient point of view has a cinematic flavor… a screenwriter might transform this promising raw material into the hoped-for blockbuster.

    …The medical mystery begins when animals and birds in the area begin to die in startling numbers. A zoo vet and a pathology instructor work to discover why, but corporate interests at the zoo are less interested in the truth than in avoiding bad publicity. This conflict culminates in one of my favorite scenes as an Aussie thug employed by the zoo tries to intimidate the vets.

    “An Animal Life” succeeds most completely on an intellectual level. I learned a lot about what veterinarians do and the challenges they face. The book raises the ethical dilemma of caring for animals while exploiting them for food, experimentation, and entertainment. An Animal Life offers no solution and has no ideological agenda – all the characters except Anna are unapologetic meat eaters – but it reminds us that humans and animals are part of the same ecosystem. Our treatment of animals has environmental consequences.

  16. 5 out of 5

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    A Little Something for Everyone — Not wanting to take my e-reader on vacation, I picked up a copy of An Animal Life: The Beginning that a friend had lent me. To be completely honest, I was hesitant about reading a “Vet-School” novel. I never really thought a veterinarian’s training could make for great reading material. It took me a little while to get hooked into the book, but as the varied cast of characters emerged, I began to care about their experiences and wanted to be one of them. With no medical background, I found myself referring to the book’s glossary quite a bit. I did learn a lot while reading this novel and find myself with a greater appreciation of the challenges those who study and care for animals face. Overall, An Animal Life: The Beginning is entertaining—a bit technical at times for the non-vet set, but a fun read—a little medicine, a little humor, a little romance, a little mystery—something for everyone!

  17. 4 out of 5

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    “An Animal Life: The Beginning” is a combination medical mystery/romance comedy about the students and faculty of a veterinary college. We follow our young characters through orientations, initiations, parties, classes and even a talent show. The descriptions of a mostly-carefree college experience are suddenly upended when a medical mystery that threatens both animals and humans demands our protagonists’ attention. With a heavy dose of humor and gruesome veterinary surgery, An Animal Life is really a slam-dunk if work or study in a zoological field.

    …It is substantive, and if the veterinary world that the authors have crafted for you is a place you want to spend a lot of time in, there is plenty here and more coming in the following books. As a medical mystery and a romance novel, it mostly succeeds, and there are a number of funny, well-written and quotable passages. The book also gives solid college advice, like study your teachers and the way they test and grade versus the material itself. While I’m normally not a fan of images in prose, the diagrams and lab notes provided are interesting and in some instances help paint a better picture of the characters.

    “An Animal Life” is like a cross between a Brett Easton Ellis novel (there are a lot of pop-culture references to go along with the dissections) and a veterinary college primer. Oddly, this is not a bad combination … When the author does cater to the uninitiated reader, such as in an excellent description of formalin, you feel like you’re looking in on an interesting world. …I would recommend to the authors that they shop this to veterinary colleges and get it made part of a curriculum somewhere. I could easily see this book being part of the reading requirements for a first-year vet student. For those knowledgeable on and interested in the science of animals, this is easily a hands-down 5-star book…

  18. 5 out of 5

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    Must Read for ANY Vet Student (or Anyone Who’s Ever Wanted to Be One) — As a fellow PennWe and the most recent “Little Moe,” I could not have found this book more relatable and hilariously accurate. This book is a spot on representation of first year life (or lack thereof) in veterinary school. Not only was “An Animal Life” highly entertaining but also extremely reassuring that veterinary school CAN actually be a good time outside of the anatomy lab. This book is the perfect read for veterinary students, veterinarians, or any animal enthusiast and deserves to be the talk of every happy hour.

  19. 5 out of 5

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    An Animal Life: The Beginning, gives an entertaining “behind the scenes” view into the life of first year veterinary students, and leaves us wanting to follow these students through the rest of their unusual training and careers. These characters and their daily adventures should be made into a TV series!!! Krum’s characters share the common goal of surviving the challenges of vet school using hard work and humor. This book is a must read for anyone considering vet school, or anyone who ever thought they wanted to be a vet.

  20. 5 out of 5

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    Prepare yourself for a healthy dose of laughter! — No need to be a vet student, aspiring vet student, or parent paying the veterinary school bills, to appreciate this finely-woven, hilarious storyline delivered by Krum to the reader through the lives of a diverse and incredibly entertaining set of first-year veterinary students. Thankfully, for us, the title includes, “The Beginning”, as I see this book going well beyond its pages. Movie? Web or TV series? Pick it up, download it, prepare yourself for a healthy dose of laughter!

  21. 5 out of 5

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    What an engaging and fanciful page-turner! As a medical school graduate, I found myself laughing aloud and recalling many of the same experiences, especially those in the Anatomy Lab. The author creates a believable, intense narrative that is smart, fanciful and moving in all the right places! He truly captures the essence a “first year’s” journey! Ready for the next installment!

  22. 5 out of 5

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    Great book! I loved the humor that appeared throughout the story. As a hopeful future vet student myself, I think it would be cool to read a “prequel”- how and why did each of the characters go from their previous careers to vet school? Thanks for an awesome read.

  23. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful Read — Any student that is in Vet School or applying for Vet School should read this! Easy to read and very funny.

  24. 5 out of 5

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    I always wanted to be a veterinarian, have known a lot of vets and vet students, but this total look into the first year of life as a vet student cast a different light on how amazing, wonderful, difficult and fun it would be! Great idea for a television series that I think any pet owner or animal lover would love.

  25. 5 out of 5

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    Loved this book! Very authentic and amusing portrayal of life @ vet school. Just like being back at PennVet again but without test anxiety,
    Awaiting the next book.

  26. 5 out of 5

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    I teach at a small University in New England. Last semester, I had a class of all Freshmen, an introduction to college type of course. The class was quite rowdy and participatory, all except one young woman. She was extremely shy though through her writings, I came to realize that her ambition in life was to be a veterinarian and a writer. I immediately thought of An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Krum. The book, written by a veterinarian, could not have been a more appropriate way for me to attempt to talk to her and bring her out of her shell. I sent her an email with the book information. Never heard anything until I received a note in my mailbox at the end of the term. Not only had she read the book, it had validated her aspirations and inspired her to continue to pursue her two loves. So basically this book changed someone’s life. Definitely worth a read for students contemplating life and for all!

  27. 5 out of 5

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    This book is, in one word… incredible. The humor, the passion, the people. This book illustrates perfectly that veterinarians and their ilk will go above and beyond for their patients, each other, and to have fun! Now I’m just that much more excited to enter vet school in the Fall!

  28. 5 out of 5

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    I read it in 24 hours! I couldn’t put it down As an avid reader, I can honestly say it was one of the best books I have ever read. As a pre-vet student, I can say that it was relatable, hilarious and real. Incredibly well written, and wonderfully done. I can’t wait for book two!

  29. 5 out of 5

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    Too funny and too real! — This is a really great book introducing the trials and tribulations of veterinary students in the early part of their program. Having gone through the same sort of thing at about the same time, I can really relate. The characters are excellent, the book is very well written, and the situations bring back some memories. A great read for anyone – even if you never went or even plan on going to vet school. Very funny and engaging.

  30. 5 out of 5

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    “I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me…!” It truly brought me back to my vet school days. I highly recommend this book. It’s great.

  31. 5 out of 5

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    Howard Krum brings the experiences of first year veterinary school students to life in his funny and heart-warming book An Animal Life: The Beginning. The Death Row Inmates will remind some of the MASH characters whose pranks and practical jokes made even the harshest situations somehow bearable. In An Animal Life, there’s little time for sleeping, dozens of exams, thousands of terms and definitions to memorize, larger than life professors and senior advisers, Friday Night Happy Hours… and the animals. It’s all about the animals, and it works so incredibly well. I loved this book. It answered all the questions I’ve ever entertained about becoming a vet and what that journey would have been like — marvelous, grueling, insane, and incredible all at once. An Animal Life: The Beginning is remarkable, powerful, and beautifully written. It’s very highly recommended.

  32. 5 out of 5

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    I originally purchased this book for my niece who recently graduated from Veterinary School – I decided to read it myself before mailing it out. I am SO glad I did – the book is full of interesting stories about lots of different situations with animals and the students trying to make it through their first year. I loved all the ‘behind the scenes’ info. on what it takes to be a student in this field, but also the relationships with the students and how they all went through the process together. It was a great read, full of funny stories – I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and wants to learn more about what goes on in Veterinary school!

  33. 5 out of 5

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    Great read! Absolutely worth every minute of my time — Just the right amount of plot development, descriptive writing and character progression. Absolutely loved how the story unfold and it almost felt like first year of vet school all over again. Would really recommend it to anyone in the veterinary field. Can’t wait for the 2nd book to come out!

  34. 5 out of 5

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    I just finished the book and loved it! Wonderful, relatable characters and the perfect blend of humor and drama. I need that second book!

  35. 5 out of 5

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    An Animal Life: The Beginning is a fabulous story from Howard Nelson Krum and Roy PE Yanong. Veterinary School: no matter where you go, getting into this level of veterinary medicine is basically Harvard for animal lovers. What do you get when you mix a horse racer, a pageant queen, and a K-9 cop? An amazing and funny read! The first years of the Death Row Crew are interesting, to say the least. But this enthralling story goes even deeper than a funny take on vet school. There are moments of pain, of deep thought and learning, as well as a few romantic pairings that will definitely have you scratching your head.

    This is a very realistic and funny story. I had roommates in college who studied veterinary medicine, and while I was reading it was almost like I was back in my dorm room listening to them tell me stories about their day. Krum and Yanong really captured the light-hearted humor that they were going for. On one hand, the story is quite funny; on the other it’s a really accurate portrayal of one of the best feelings in the world – when you close a book, and have a warm happy glow because the book brought you such joy. An Animal Life: The Beginning really is that book. It’s a great read for vets and vets in training, as well as anyone who loves animals, people, and the crazy glue that holds us all together.

  36. 5 out of 5

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    Truly heart-warming, An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Krum along with Roy Yanong and Scott Moore is a chronological description of the first semester of veterinary school at The University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Following the ups, downs, laughs, and tears of a group of first year students, their fourth year advisers, and several faculty members, An Animal Life takes a realistic look at their dedication and determination and also the rewards of this demanding academic pursuit. Inspired by some great teachers and nearly bored to death with others, these students deal with sick animals, their owners, corporate interests making money off of animals, and a group of animal rights activists opposed to the inhumane treatment of animals. They enter school in September as unique individuals but friendships and even more are forged through the long hours, heartbreaks, and successes that define the life of a veterinary student. In place of individuals, An Animal Life ends with the coming together of the combined Class of 1992 as they finish the first of eight semesters.

    An Animal Life: The Beginning is a wonderful book that challenges readers’ knowledge of the basics of biology and health classes. Howard Krum has beautifully depicted the many experiences veterinary students live through as they pursue their education in the quest to be able to help animals – whether domestic, on the farm, in zoos, or in the wild. They not only have to deal with instructors and mountains of material, they learn about working with one another and others who have dealings with the animals. An important feature of An Animal Life is that it presents the well-being of all animals as inter-related to that of mankind – on not only a physical but also an emotional level. ‘Do no harm’ is a motto that pertains to all living things and is clearly demonstrated by Howard Krum in An Animal Life. (I loved it!)

  37. 5 out of 5

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    Grey’s Anatomy with Animals! — Got hooked immediately reading about Lucy, the pregnant giraffe! This book is not what I expected at all. It’s more than cats and dogs. Interesting characters and situations, filled with excitement, drama and humor! ENJOY!

  38. 5 out of 5

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    “An Animal Life: The Beginning” by Howard Nelson Krum, Roy PE Yanong is the story of first year veterinary students who have to run the academic gauntlet known as veterinary school. You follow Jack, Hoss, Kerri, and more of their class mates as they are kicked, bitten, scratched, and oh much more while they struggle to find balance and to become the people we trust most when it comes to our animals. No matter what you were before entering veterinary school, animals will level the playing fields.

    When I was growing up, I wanted to be a vet. I always loved animals and I still do, although I never made it to veterinary school. Being able to jump into this book was the next best thing and I am so glad that I got the chance to read it. You get to run the full gamut of emotions with these students as they are in school and I have to wonder how any of them make it out alive. You can follow their lives as students, romantic moments, to everything in-between. Thanks to the wonderful descriptions of everything going on around in their lives, you truly feel like you are one of the students, or at the very least you feel attached to them and what they are going through. I laughed more than anything with some of the situations and the characters of the book. It is so well written and delightful that I would recommend this one highly.

  39. 5 out of 5

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    A truly enjoyable read. Well written, fully developed characters made for a fast paced zip through the first semester of Vet school. I am looking forward to the next installment. When can we pre-order on Amazon?

  40. 5 out of 5

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    I loved this book, couldn’t put it down and finished it in three days! A must read for potential vet students, full of humor and emotion as well as medicine. Gets you excited for vet school! Can’t wait to read the next one!

  41. 5 out of 5

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    Great book….and great sense of humor by the author!

  42. 5 out of 5

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    … It’s a great read … folks, if you’re out there thinking, ‘Maybe I should, maybe I shouldn’t’ — do it!  This one is great for so many different reasons, it really is a unique topic … Lord knows I’ve got shelves of books by veterinarians [but with An Animal Life] you’re able to get the personality behind them, and you’re able to get into the stories.  It’s not so much about the medicine …  It’s about the people themselves and I love that aspect of it.  I also love that [the authors are] donating back to charity with this.

  43. 5 out of 5

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    A wonderfully written and vivid account of the trials and tribulations of veterinary school. If you have ever wondered what it takes to become a veterinarian, look no further than this tale of mystery, love, and dedication to all things animal. I am not sure I could have done it, but reading this story has me rethinking my career choice (probably too late, but I’ll settle for experiencing it vicariously). And I can’t wait for semester two…please hurry!

  44. 5 out of 5

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    An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Nelson Krum and Roy PE Yanong is the humorous account of first year veterinary students. These students come together to discover the exciting world of veterinary medicine. For those who are interested in enrolling into a veterinary college, this is the perfect book to experience the joys of being with animals. The characters, apart from being kicked and bitten by animals, manage to find time to handle their other relationships too, which are not with animals. The book is a guide on everything you wanted to know about different animals.

    The authors have done their homework well before deciding to write this book. The book is humorous, candid, and breezy and it keeps readers glued to the story. The veterinary hospital is not only about cats and dogs; it also has other animals. I found the words on the chalkboard funny:
    Weekly Grand Rounds
    Case Highlights:
    – German Shepherd, Hip Dysplasia
    – Feline Unilateral Kidney Tumor
    – Comminuted Fracture Repair in a Rhinoceros
    So, apart from dogs and cats, there are other animals like rhinoceros and giraffe that are being treated in the hospital. The book has humor, medicine, animals, and it is a good read for students who are in a veterinary college or are planning to join one.

    The funny and exciting characters along with the animals make the book a hilarious read. The authors have written this book from the perspective of a student and it covers almost everything: college, friends, love, animals, and it has an excellent plot.

  45. 4 out of 5

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    The Class of 1992 is as diverse and entertaining as the staff, and the animals they will treat. The book may be fictional, but the rigors and “rigor mortis” these characters endure, and share with abandon, always feel real. There are moments where you can smell the formalin. Taste the salt from your tear. Picture Mr. Cadaver jolting you forward with a fright.

    AN ANIMAL LIFE is for animal lovers and anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like a veterinarian, or at least a veterinary student. Prepared to be hazed.

  46. 5 out of 5

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    In the interest of full disclosure, I am not what anyone would call an animal lover. So I was a bit hesitant when An Animal Life: The Beginning was recommended to me. Wow, am I glad I overcame that hesitation! You don’t have to have pets, or know anything about vet school, to love and appreciate the characters, the drama, and – yes – even the animals that inhabit this world. It is a funny, endearing read that had me wishing I had taken more science classes in college. The vet students are people you can route for and against, and for whom you can feel sympathy, empathy and sometimes a bit of “Ha! You got what you deserved!” Curl up with An Animal Life this winter and enjoy an experience few of us ever have first hand, but all of us can enjoy as spectators. It’s fabulous!

  47. 5 out of 5

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    Google “What’s vet school like?” and you’ll get answers like “some people say vet school is socially like high school – and it can be … there is bound to be friction, gossip, backbiting, etc.” and “we spend about 3 hours a day 4 days a week doing dissection and then you’ll need to come back in later to study it all and learn the names of everything.”

    But if you want to drill down deeply into the reality of all aspects of life for a vet school student – the grind, the hilarity, the gore, the love – read An Animal Life: The Beginning by Howard Krum. Even if you never thought to ponder this question, read it anyway. You’ll have a blast.

    Krum gives us an insider’s view of one of the top vet schools in the country at the University of Pennsylvania. But he gives much more to any genre-loving readers of Mystery (there are two, one mostly human, one mostly animal), Horror, Farce, and yes, even Romance.

    Read it. You’ll simultaneously want to laugh, cry, swoon, and throw up.

  48. 5 out of 5

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    I was laughing out loud reading this. It was a nice review of course material as well – for current veterinary students!
    A witty combination of humor and academia.

  49. 5 out of 5

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    A playful view inside the world of veterinary students as they start down the path of their new animal life — What a great perception of the ups and downs in vet school! I could imagine every detail and was right there with each character throughout the entire story. What a shame I had to come to the last page- I enjoyed every well written word!

  50. 5 out of 5

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    Bring on more. An Animal Life 2?? — Kudos to Dr. Krum for navigating a great (and humorous) ride through veterinarian school with a colorful cast of characters. I am looking forward to the sequel, or better yet a series or motion picture!

  51. 5 out of 5

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    Great characters, so real! — If I had just gone to college with these characters, I may just have chosen veterinary medicine instead of the humanities. Such wit and charm in a place I would have expected mind-numbing technical mumbo jumbo (appreciated the glossary and diagrams, too). Bravo to the writers for making the story (and the characters – love, love, love Jack) so interesting – a very pleasant read indeed.

    Ever think of making this into a movie or even a regular series? Definitely something I’d enjoy watching - looking forward to the next installment. Don’t keep us waiting too long!

  52. 5 out of 5

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    Fantastic book on the life of veterinarians — As an alumnus of Penn Vet School, it is a book filled with memories that I will never forget. As an animal lover, it shows how animals impact the lives of veterinarians in a positive and meaningful way. It is not just a job, it is a lifestyle. Great job on the book.

  53. 5 out of 5

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    For the animal lover — Fun read that definitely brought back vivid memories from my vet school years. Highly recommended for those interested in the diverse world of veterinary medicine, as well as any animal lover.

  54. 5 out of 5

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    Humor, compassion and energy! — An interesting and educational read. An Animal Life: The Beginning is well written with believable characters, conflicts and poignant moments. It is full of humor, compassion and energy.

  55. 5 out of 5

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    Best Book I Read All Year! — I just finished this wonderful book. I cannot remember the last time I read such a smartly written book. For once in my life, I didn’t want the semester to end! The writing is unique and sharp. I even enjoyed reading the glossary and the recommended song listing for each chapter. What a brilliant idea. I strongly encourage all pet lovers to read this book. You will have a much better appreciation the next time you bring your special friend to see the vet.

  56. 5 out of 5

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    Enjoyed Extremely An Animal Life: The Beginning — No sparing of the details + that enhanced the book’s power. You promised us the Second Semester… Yes? No?

  57. 5 out of 5

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    This book was amazing, I really enjoyed reading it!!!

  58. 5 out of 5

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    Discovering the life behind the stethoscope — This book was recommended to me by a friend who said that it was a very good read. So I ordered it online. When I received it I was initially surprised by the cover. I thought it was going to be another one of those “dog books.” I began reading and was immediately transfixed by the exploits of Dr. Green. Of course this is not just another “dog book”. This is about the world of veterinary medicine. I have had many pets and many interactions with veterinarians but never really thought about the person behind the stethoscope. After reading the book I came to realize that the job of an animal vet goes beyond that of a standard medical doctor because animals can not speak. I also gained appreciation for the challenges involved in becoming a DVM. Another thing that literally jumped off the page is that these people are doing this because they LOVE animals. It is an altruistic expression of kindness. These vets not only talk the talk. They walk the walk. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has had a pet, is planning on getting a pet, or is thinking about becoming a vet. Furthermore I really feel like this has potential for other medias such as TV or movie. Kudos to Howard and his associates. It is about time somebody told this story.

  59. 5 out of 5

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    Fabulous! — I’m a 2nd year vet student at CSU and I couldn’t put this book down! So funny and so much like my first semester. I recommend it for anyone who loves animals!

  60. 5 out of 5

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    Living and Reading the Dream! — A vividly descriptive tale of life as a veterinary student, showing the timelessness of the veterinary school experience! The author does a wonderful service to the details of life (which may go unmentioned by professors during orientation) as a veterinary student. Witty, charming, and riddled with picturesque metaphors that bring the characters alive! I read An Animal Life during my first year in vet school, and it resonated well with my experiences in school.

  61. 5 out of 5

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    What is this?!?! — A book about vet school? Has this ever existed before? We’ve all seen or heard of books and TV series about the shenanigans that occur in human medicine and medical schools, but this is the first one that I’ve ever heard of that does it for vet med!

    The book is hilarious, yet also creepily accurate. It is a condensed and refined telling of tales inspired by the authors’ experiences in veterinary school at University of Pennsylvania and from tales they have either created or heard of during their years of veterinary work and friendships post-graduation. I bought the book when Howard Krum came to talk about his experiences as a veterinarian and also to promote his book during my first month of vet school; he was a highly entertaining public speaker and his and his co-authors don’t disappoint with the book!

    If you are at all curious about what vet students might or might not experience, you should read this book and be prepared… It’s not all true, but it’s pretty darn funny!

  62. 5 out of 5

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    What a great Book — I enjoyed it immensely. Loved the personalities of the characters, especially Jack. I never realized how much a veterinary student had to learn during the first semester. It was a good thing for Friday night Happy Hour, to help keep their sense of humor.

  63. 5 out of 5

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    A great gift for students! — I would recommend this book to any person of medical background, but especially veterinary students. You can find many a memoir about life as a veterinarian, but most just have a singular chapter about the 4 years spent in vet school. As a first year student, I am excited that the publishing of these books will fall very closely to my actual progression in school. I was delighted and surprised to see my exact feelings and experiences put to life in this book, which made me realize that I am not alone. Even though the authors went to school years ahead of me (we won’t say how long), it’s nice to know that they went through the same rigorous work and made it out on the other side.

    This book is filled with relatable characters and a wonderful plot line. If only my actual life as a vet student could be written so poetically.

  64. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful read for any animal lover! — While particularly entertaining to read as a first year veterinary student, this book has something to offer for anyone regardless of their knowledge or interest in veterinary medicine! Highly entertaining, well written and the great characters makes this book difficult to put down! I wish I had this much fun during my first year of vet school!

  65. 5 out of 5

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    I would recommend this book to anyone who has had medical schooling in any field. It will likely spark memories of your own crazy days of school, when the antics helped lighten the grind. A few parts were a little graphic for my taste, but over all it was humorous.

  66. 5 out of 5

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    A fantastic perspective on the world of veterinary science — Until reading An Animal Life, I never realized that the world of veterinary medicine and especially veterinary school could be a source of such incredibly interesting and fascinating stories. The animals, the passionate students that are learning to care for them, and the intriguing medical science all combine to provide a wonderfully interconnected scenario by which to tell the stories of the first year students journeys through vet school. An incredibly interesting story. I certainly look forward to seeing what comes next.

  67. 5 out of 5

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    A uniquely riveting read for any animal lover or veterinary school student! — This is definitely a great book for any vet student. I am only half way through it, but I truly enjoy spending time reading and seeing a new perspective. Seeing the characters develop and relating it to my current first semester of vet school is priceless. I can’t wait to finish reading it and am even more excited about the sequel! This is why vet school is awesome! I highly recommend this book to any animal lover, vet student, and avid book readers looking for something unique and fun!

  68. 5 out of 5

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    Highly Entertaining — I’ll admit I was a bit skeptical of this book at first; I don’t generally think of scientists as being good fiction writers. The funny, captivating, and at times sentimental story completely blew me away, and I have been looking forward to the sequel ever since finishing this first installment! I am a veterinary student myself and related to many of the trials and challenges these first-year students faced, More than once I caught myself laughing out loud reading about their scrapes and remembering my own first year in vet school. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves James Herriot, wants to go to vet school, or knows someone in vet school. It’s a very entertaining read!

  69. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful Story, Unforgettable Characters — I bought this book at the beginning of my very first semester of veterinary school after enjoying a lecture presentation by the talented author himself. I was definitely intrigued, and this book lived up to my high expectations. The story itself is absolutely wonderful (and very true!), and the characters are unforgettable. I am already recommending it to friends and family-such an enjoyable read!

  70. 5 out of 5

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    Great Read! — A great read for all audience types! Being a Veterinary student I found it easy to relate to. The Veterinary humor also provided me with a good laugh.

  71. 5 out of 5

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    Hilarious Read! Very entertaining! — Great read!! Highly entertaining! As a student in the vet program at CSU, I can really identify to the characters. I like how it allows an inside look into what vet school is all about. Funny, poignant, and touching, this story is a must-read for everyone who has gone through the vet program, is currently enrolled, or is one of the thousands that hopes to become a vet!! I felt like the characters became friends and I’m eagerly awaiting the next book!

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    As a veterinarian and a parent of a current veterinary student I was taken back to those days in the 1980′s. My daughter lent the book to me after it was a recommended reading for the incoming students at Penn Vet. It puts you back in the seat with a big smile! Great read.

  73. 5 out of 5

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    I want to live An Animal Life! — I have always enjoyed medical oriented fiction, and am ashamed to admit, I love watching shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. This is a fantastic (and superior) combination of both! The characters are well developed and the story line draws you in until you care about all of the vet students like they were your own friends and you were sharing the experience with them. It is a quick read, because you can’t put it down. I can’t wait for the sequel, and I would love to see it made into a TV drama as well.

  74. 3 out of 5

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    Who knew a book about first semester Vet students could be funny and sensitive with also a little romance sprinkled in!

  75. 5 out of 5

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    Wonderful!! — THOROUGHLY enjoyed this heart-warming, witty account of the ups and downs of vet student life and moreso the relationships that are forged. This read is great for all ages as I kept finding my teenage son stealing my book to read it himself. I plan on giving this book as a Christmas to gift to many of my family and friends. Eagerly awaiting the next adventure…

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    What an entertaining and refreshing read. Absolutely loved the “Greatest Prank of all Times” ..what imagination and and determination to execute that prank. Looking forward to the follow-on and I agree with one of the other reviews… this would be a great TV series.

  77. 4 out of 5

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    [The] “Bookstock” festival in Woodstock, Vermont, brought an unusual new book to me: AN ANIMAL LIFE: THE BEGINNING, first in a series from three veterinarians (and illustrated by a fourth). Described by the authors — Howard Krum with Roy Yanong and Scott Moore, plus art by Patty Hogan — as “a scientific medical mystery (animals and people are dying),” the book is far from a traditional who-dun-it. There is no sleuthing plot to speak of, there are few clues, and the focal point of the story isn’t really the hunt for what’s causing the deaths (a real discovery, by the way, from the late 1980s) … The good news, though, is that this book is so much fun, and so much a period piece — an updated version of “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” crossed with “MASH” and taken into veterinary school — that I never did put the book down for much longer than it took to get a fresh glass of iced tea.

    AN ANIMAL LIFE opens with two aspects of vet life: first-year vet college featuring cop-turned-animal-intern Jack Doyle and courageous Anna Heywood, who’s battling Lou Gehrig’s disease, complete with therapy dog; and the political pressures on a prominent zoo vet, Dr. Violet Marie Green, who might seem to have it all but is being blackmailed and bribed simultaneously (the closest the book comes to expected mystery terrain). With a couple of romances in blossom, entertaining dynamics among various types of students and their more advanced peers, and entirely endearing interactions with horses, dogs, and more, the book provides a delicious jumble of entertaining scenes, quickly spilled forward over a school year.

    And the authors’ attitude toward their storytelling is captured at the start with this short insert:

    People ask: “So what’s this book about?”

    We usually reply: “It’s about 300 pages. . .”

    Also, it’s about life, death, and finding your place in this world. And veterinary medicine. But that’s it, just those three things: a medical mystery, finding Love, and becoming a veterinarian. Promise.

    If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a vet (I did, for years), or know someone who has (you’ll want to give them a copy), or believe in treasuring the first efforts of promising authors who like to set up amusing moments in print — zip over to the website AnAnimalLife.com and pick up a copy. You may also find the book at stores in or near Windsor, Vermont, where it’s published.

    Don’t shelve it with mysteries, though. Put it on the shelf of rollicking fun in college form, and let your friends know it’s there.

  78. 5 out of 5

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    An entertaining, sometimes poignant, and funny look into the first semester of Veterinary School. The antics of the characters, especially “Cadaver Man” and the monologue on “intraspecies dating” were hilarious and made me laugh out loud! Although a fictional account, it gave me a new respect for what it takes to treat not only “man’s best friend” but a menagerie of patients. A great read!

  79. 5 out of 5

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    A wonderful read for everyone — Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Refreshing and funny. I can’t imagine all the work and knowledge they had to retain on such little sleep. I especially enjoyed the characters Jack and Anna. Anna was strong and independent. Jack was strong, compassionate and caring. I am looking forward to what happens next. MLK

  80. 5 out of 5

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    Great Book! I haven’t enjoyed one as much in a long time. The humor is wonderful and it gives a glimpse into what it takes to survive the rigorous life of a veterinarian student. For those of us who are not scientifically inclined, taking advantage of the Glossary of Selected Terms and Jargon is both wonderfully helpful and hilarious! The suggested Soundtrack was an extra treat that completed the whole experience. Can’t wait to see what happens next Semester. Meg B

  81. 5 out of 5

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    I Want More!! —I loved this read! The character development and the details to make everything so visual in my imagination were awesome. I became part of the “death row” gang and didn’t want it to end. I find myself looking for Stan the Path Man at Walmart (certainly he has to buy toilet paper, too). I’ve also taken the book with me to a few get-togethers to share ideas for Halloween costumes (who could be more creative than this troupe!) I identified with every emotion and struggle and lived it along with the characters. The authors did a great job pulling me into every scene and engaging all my senses (I cried, I could taste the bird poop, I could smell the guts in the dumpster, I could see the dust on the Cowboy’s boots).
    The book also gave me a greater appreciation for what my Vets do. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book! Please hurry–I’m worried about Hoss.

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    Awesome book! It shows you a different side of vet school and makes you laugh while doing it. I definitely recommend it!

  83. 5 out of 5

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    As a vet student, I love reading the stories and relating to the characters. I even met some people who I think are the same as the characters in the book. I also liked reading what to expect from the rest of the year. Hold on tight!!

  84. 5 out of 5

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    A great gift for a new vet student — I have not read the whole book yet but so far I am really enjoying it! I just started veterinary school so it is fun to read along with the characters’ experiences and compare them to my own. Even the first chapter alone is pretty exciting!!

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    Having just started vet school myself, this book contains the inspiration and motivation to get me through all the stressful times to come! It’s a reminder that there is always room for fun, and to enjoy every aspect of my first year as it happens. I can’t wait for the second book!

  86. 5 out of 5

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    This book is simply amazing. Aside from being generally hilarious, it is heart-warming and inspiring. Especially for anyone struggling through the long and difficult process of becoming a vet. This book reminds you why you’re doing it all in the first place :)

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    Well-written, immensely entertaining, and simple yet clearly deep. Loving it.

  88. 5 out of 5

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    This is a must read book for any and all animal lovers, not just those interested in a career in vet medicine. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

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    I enjoyed this book – start to finish! As a current vet student, this book really hit home and brought some much needed humor to the experience! A great read!

  90. 5 out of 5

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    Must read! — This book is a very accurate account of vet school! It is a must read for anyone interested in becoming a vet or anyone who ever wondered how much work it takes to become a vet!

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    Excellent read! Very entertaining. A great read for anyone animal lover or not. I highly recommend reading this book!

  92. 5 out of 5

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    Why didn’t I choose Veterinary Science? — I always thought science was dull and boring. Wouldn’t have considered it for a field of study. These guys had lots of fun! I envied them and wished I could have been there with them. And here’s the thing; in amongst the fun and the developing romance, they used their special vocabulary in ways even I could understand. I was disappointed to notice the unread side of the book getting smaller and smaller. I am really looking forward to their next title.

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    The authors of this book mesh together to create a wonderfully hilarious and incredibly complete portrayal of the first year of vet school. I bought a copy for my father immediately after reading – to make up for all those times I told him vet school was “fine”. Honestly, I could not have told him about it better myself!

  94. 4 out of 5

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    Completely Original — A wonderful book laced with science, romance, and formaldehyde. You’ll enjoy reading about the successes and struggles of these first year vet students.

  95. 5 out of 5

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    Welcome to Vet School — Reading An Animal Life helped me understand the life that vet students endure to become veterinarians. I am surrounded by pre-vet students at college, and now I understand a bit more of what the fuss is about. Although I am not particularly an animal lover, I found the cast of characters charming and even the animals endearing. Pick up this book for a comedic tour de vet school from the interviews to the end of the first semester.

  96. 5 out of 5

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    A great hammock read…The language is thoughtful and clever, so much so that i recommended it to my mom (a voracious reader) she said it was great (!) and that it explained a lot (?) I can’t wait to read what comes next!

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    … I can honestly say this book is fantastic. A “must read” for animal lovers and wanna be veterinary students! Also great for those that don’t like animals and don’t want to go to vet school but just want to read a good book. Well written and researched… Well done all and can’t wait for the sequel!

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    Very interesting read! I learned a lot about vet school.

  99. 5 out of 5

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    A wonderful book! — A must read for animal lovers. The author’s depth of knowledge and unique perspective allow the reader to experience the joys, heartache, and humor of vet school. Characters are vividly portrayed, with dialogue and actions that are consistent and true. Funny, touching, and inspiring, I didn’t want the story to end, and I look forward to reading more from this gifted writer.

  100. 5 out of 5

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    I’ll confess to some bias. After all, I went to Penn just one year ahead of Howard Krum, but this book made me laugh. I spent some time on the real identities of the characters, but then settled in to just enjoy. Vivid imagery coupled with tales you might think are just too tall to be believed makes this a fun read for anyone. You don’t have to be a “Penn-we”….

  101. 5 out of 5

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    A Good Read — Well written, and entertaining. Would certainly recommend. Really provides a unique and personal account of the lives of animals. Really enjoyed it.

  102. 5 out of 5

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    A Must Read: Unique and Captivating — “An Animal Life: The Beginning” is a must read for all prospective and current students of Veterinary Medicine as well as graduates of the program! It offers a completely new perspective on the life of first semester students of veterinary medicine, to include the rigors of the program and opportunities for stress relief. All readers, regardless of their interest in veterinary medicine, will relate to the personal interactions among the classmates for whom there is never a dull moment. The authors’ incredible writing technique employed in character development leaves the reader “knowing” these individuals personally. Written in a fun and unique manner, these characters come alive and leave one wishing for more. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel!

  103. 5 out of 5

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    Wishin’ I went to Vet School — The sacred halls of VHUP have never sounded so fun! Had I read this book when I was deciding between animal and human medicine, I most definitely would not be a Physician Assistant. Compassion for animals and their two-legged companions shines through while the reality of grueling course loads and personal relationships adds humor and humanity. This book is the “House of God” for vets across the globe. And if you have ever been to school, whether in 9th grade or in a doctorate program, you will be able to relate to the FRoGs, death row,Dr Linnehan, and all of the characters in this wonderful, can’t-put-it-down, re-reading it already piece of fiction. Where’s the sequel??

  104. 5 out of 5

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    A MUST! — As an animal lover I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved following the characters along in their adventures, and knowing it was written by veterinarians made it more fun and intriguing. I bought another one for a friend…I didn’t want to let go of mine to pass along. I can’t wait for the next one!

  105. 5 out of 5

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    What a journey — From the opening scene of interviews to the final skit, this group of vet students kept me in stitches! Couldn’t help but love the Class of ’92 as they journey through orientation, cramming, tests and Friday Night Happy Hours. Can’t wait for the next leg of the journey!

  106. 5 out of 5

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    This is SO MUCH MORE that you think!! — I absolutely LOVE how this book is written. It is quite funny and you get a true sense of playfulness from the authors … I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I got true insight on those who become veterinarians – and what they encounter in those years leading up to their profession. Well written & highly entertaining!

  107. 5 out of 5

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    Transporting me back to some of the funny quirks and personalities I met in Vet school, even for those of us who did not attend The University of Pennsylvania. An Animal Life is a clever, funny, amusing tale. Anyone with an interest in animals, their human sidekicks, a little anatomy and fun on the farm will enjoy this book. Looking forward to the next semester!

  108. 5 out of 5

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    A natural for TV — Just finished reading An Animal Life: The Beginning and am totally hooked. The character development was excellent and I found myself thinking about them as real people. I look forward to meeting them again in the next book. I also liked the science, the mystery and the institutional conflicts. While I agree with one reviewer that An Animal Life would make a good movie, I think it better lends itself to a major TV series, in which the story could be presented in chapters over a season. Then as subsequent books are published we could have the next in the series, ultimately with a good four years or more of sharing the adventures and misadventures of these wonderful students. Anyone who loves animals, science, medicine or just a good story with laughs would enjoy this book.

  109. 5 out of 5

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    As the son of a veterinarian this book truly hits home. It is written with a great quip that is often hard to find and the stories are reminisant of the one’s I would so frequently hear growing up. This is a must-read for any veterinarian, vet-student, pet-owner, or animal-lover. I’ve already read it twice and cannot wait until the next one hits the shelves.

  110. 5 out of 5

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    This is a very fun book to read for anyone who has lived through vet school or is an animal lover in general. It is a very easy read and so entertaining that you can’t put it down. I would highly recommend this book to all my friends. It is a perfect summer read.

  111. 5 out of 5

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    Buy it. Read it — Outstanding. Krum et al have truly captured the flavor of the first year of veterinary school at Penn in 1992. But don’t let the preceding sentence fool you, the first year of veterinary school (while interesting in its own right) is only the setting. The characters are complex, the plot is riveting, the drama is gripping, the humor is, well, hilarious… this is an outstanding novel that just happens to be made even more interesting by its setting.

  112. 5 out of 5

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    This book was hard to put down and I can’t wait for the next one. I actually bought two books – one for me and another for my daughter, who is in her first year of vet school (which also supported her student American Veterinary Medical Association chapter). It was fun to read about the amazing experience of attending vet school as a first year student through the eyes of these characters.

  113. 5 out of 5

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    I am in the middle of reading this book and one of the first thoughts that came into my mind when I started it was, “This book needs to be made into a movie!” It’s a vivid and exciting story with excellent character development! I cannot wait to see where it takes me!

  114. 5 out of 5

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    This book was so good! I am a Pre-Veterinary Student and thought this was a good representation of what vet school will be like! I loved how in depth while reading I got with all the characters and how I could follow what the characters were thinking! I can’t wait for the next one!

  115. 5 out of 5

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    This book is a must read for veterinarians and non-veterinarians. It is entertaining, and one of those books that you simply can’t put down. Can’t wait for the next one!!!

  116. 5 out of 5

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    This is a great story — I loved reading all about the different experiences of each character and how their lives outside of school blend into the reality of vet school. Having been through vet school, I loved reading about the feelings I had and seeing them portrayed in other characters. There is so much truth in the stories- even though they may sound exaggerated. We used to tell each other in school what a great book or TV show our lives would be– then we thought no one would believe us! Thanks for so eloquently and enjoyably putting it into words! I hope to see it on a screen someday. I hope they will believe the craziness of our lives then! Well Done!! BRAVO! A must read.

  117. 5 out of 5

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    A great read. A friend of mine recommended that I read this, as he was a Vet and said I would get a kick out of it. Boy I am glad he did!!! One of the best books I have read in a long, long time. Brought me back to my days in Dental School. You do not have to be “in the medical field” to enjoy this. The cast of characters are funny, engaging and not soon forgotten. The author has most certainly hit one out of the park and earned a place on my top shelf. Most eagerly awaiting the “Next Semester”.

  118. 5 out of 5

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    What a fun book for any past, present or future vet student or anyone with a love of animals and a sense of humor. The book is well written and the plot and characters intriguing. There is a Carl Hiaasen tone to the story telling. The book captures the essence of vet school so well, that I started having dreams about anatomy tests again and I graduated over 2 decades ago. It is well worth the read. I look forward to the next installment.

  119. 5 out of 5

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    I’m and avid reader with a degree in filmmaking and this book works for me on so many levels. The science is accurate, but not overdone. The storytelling is dramatic tension at its best, not hokey or cliche. In many ways, this book is a cross between the works of Nicholas Sparks and Michael Crichton with the added benefit of being funny as hell. Who knew that picking up a blue heron could be dangerously suicidal? Or that veterinary pathologists (like Stan the Path Man) are sweet, goofy and brilliant? Whether it’s the zany cast of characters, the fascinating scientific facts or the romance and passion, there is something here for everyone.

    The author has the gift of invoking visual imagery through the economic use of clever metaphors, powerful prose, and whip crack dialogue. I laughed. I got tears in my eyes. This beautiful book touched my heart. I’ve now given it to my wife to read, and I bet she’ll enjoy it too. The visual imagery is so compelling I’d love to see a film adaptation. In any way, I want more from this author.

  120. 5 out of 5

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    I always wanted to go to Vet school-and now I can (almost)! Feels like a TV show; if MASH married ER and they adopted a puppy, it would be called An Animal Life!

  121. 5 out of 5

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    A must read – I have always wanted to be a vet and just never made the crossover and I’ve read many a book to keep myself connected into that life. A huge fan of James Herriot’s series (of course) and am happy to say that “An Animal Life” is on par with the same insightful life and tribulations of aspiring vets and the secret wonderful life they live and experience. Sharing it with all is just a treasure to hold on to. Thank you all that contributed to this endeavor and I’ll impatiently waiting for the next volume to come out…and thinking how as I get ready to persue my new path forward how I might be able to be able to become a part of this world…

  122. 5 out of 5

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    A fantastic book, half science, half mystery, half romance, half character study. I realize that adds up to 4 halves, but they pack a heck of a lot into one book! I’m a Penn Vet grad and they did a wonderful job of capturing the true passion and character of vet students, as well as the feel of veterinary school. Many of my clients say “Gee, I always wanted to go to vet school”. Well, now you can (almost), at a fraction of the cost! I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.

  123. 5 out of 5

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    Great look into the education of students of the best profession ever! Brings back memories from my vet school education, but the authors have cleaned up a few of the situations a vet student experiences in four years. Bring on more in this series!

  124. 5 out of 5

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    This book captured me from the beginning. The author’s writing skills made each character and their surroundings come to life. I feel as if I was there with them (except for those in “Area 51″). Great story line. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

  125. 5 out of 5

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    I’m in the process of applying to vet school, myself, right now. I received this book as a birthday present in February and it made me ALL that much more excited to apply! I can’t wait to read Spring Semester. I laughed, I cried, it was great. I 100% recommend this book to anyone (vet school hopefuls and normal people, alike :D )

  126. 5 out of 5

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    I graduated from vet school 10 years ago this spring. I’m enjoying An Animal Life immensely. However, because of the excellent prose, there are some parts that are too close to home – bringing back the memories of my “Beginning.” These characters are REAL – I could smell Jack’s hands from the last firing of his revolver. I cannot wait to follow everyone as they advance.

  127. 5 out of 5

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    As a member of the New Bolton Center Vet School, I know that every day results in at least one humerus anecdote. The people I work with are almost unbelievable characters, the animals and their owners in remarkable situations and the veterinary students trying to survive the demands of clinical rotations. The end result has been captured by Dr. Krum and spun into a compelling story line. I am looking forward to a sequel!

  128. 5 out of 5

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    …this was such a fun and informative read. Sort of a mix between “1L” and James Herriott. Parts of it gave me flashbacks to law school. I love Stan the Path Man. And Moe!

  129. 5 out of 5

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    ‘All Creatures Great and Small as retold by ‘The Little Rascals!’

  130. 5 out of 5

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    This book wonderfully captures the excitement, passion and fun of veterinary school. The characters ring true and the medicine is spot on.

  131. 5 out of 5

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    After finishing the dreaded “second year” of veterinary school (a trying academic year which Dr. Krum discusses in his book and is spot on in his description), I was looking for a good read to lift my spirits. An Animal Life: The Beginning did just that! I have run the gamut of animal-centric books, and I have yet to find one that so eloquently paints a picture of the ups and downs, triumphs and trials, and overall breadth of experiences of newbie veterinary students and seasoned veterinary professionals alike. I plan to recommend this book not only to my friends and family who are familiar with the struggles of school and work, but also to those who know little about what it takes to become a veterinarian and how passionate we all are about caring for animals and their humans. Thank you, Dr. Krum!

  132. 5 out of 5

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    I just finished An Animal Life: The Beginning, and wow. If this is just the beginning, I can’t wait to find out what‘s in store for Jack, Anna, the FRoGs and the rest of the Class of 92. This book reads like a roller coaster ride – fun , thrilling, and a bit scary.

  133. 5 out of 5

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    This wonderful book transported me back to my years at Penn Vet – 29 years earlier than the authors’ years there. Many things had changed and many were still the same! The book is funny but also very insightful.

  134. 5 out of 5

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    This captivating novel about the joys and hardships a veterinarian goes through on a daily basis moved me in ways that I didn’t expect. It is appropriate for animal lovers of all kinds but especially those pursuing, attending, or have graduated from vet school. It was a perfect composition from the ideal perspective: the newbie vet student. The stories that grabbed my heart with each new chapter covered a complete range of emotions. I mourned with the students as they experienced death and loss. I rejoiced with them when they witnessed new life and miracles. I experienced frustration, exhaustion, anger, confusion, sorrow, bliss, lust, misery, and optimism… I felt as if I was a member of the Death Row Gang.

    With this book I have refueled my inspiration and drive to become a veterinarian. It is truly a blessing in disguise that this book has crossed my path at such a trivial time in my academic career – my final year of undergraduate. It has helped clear the dark clouds of doubt hovering in my line of sight. For that I am grateful. So, THANK YOU Howard Krum.

    P.S. I cannot wait for the sequel!

  135. 5 out of 5

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    This book was so entertaining!!! An inside look at a cohort of students living, learning, and experiencing life during their years of veterinary school. The book is full of details that immerse the reader into the characters of the story. Krum really hits home how these students bond…. from sharing the formaldehyde smells of anatomy lab to the sweet brew of an after school reprieve at the local pub. Buy this book not only if you’ve ever wondered what surrounds the mystery of veterinary school, but also as a life lesson on what it’s like to be intimate with 100 strangers for 4 years. An Animal Life covers only 1 semester of veterinary school… I can’t wait for the next 7!!!

  136. 5 out of 5

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    What can I say about this? I lived it with my classmates in this very vet school class. This book is a trip back in time to all
    the memories of veterinary school’s first semester. The anxiety of the unknown, the bonds we create and kling to
    for comfort and safety, the emotional highs of our little successes that made us feel we were going to get through,
    and the trial of weathering our challenges- some that we did on our own in private, and others that we wore on our sleeves
    and shared.

    What a wonderful experience it was for me to feel those feelings so vividly again. I feel like I was there all over again, but was able to look at those feelings with the insight of age and experience now that I did not have then. This a wonderful opportunity to laugh at myself/ourselves in what we did and how we did it. An opportunity to recognize now, much later, of the many significant occurrences that shaped me/us that we did not realize was taking place at the time. It was a chance to reacquaint myself with the unique camaraderie that we had in this class with such tremendously diverse backgrounds and the miracle of how all those backgrounds morphed into one class unit that shared the experiences and weathered the challenge of 4 years of veterinary school. This book introduces the special and unique aspects of the human-animal bond, that ultimately, all these amazingly different individuals shared in common and through which this common thread ultimately tied and bound our class together. I loved these years and I loved this book that literally gave me those years again to expereince. I cant wait to continue the journey through the remaining semesters. If you havent read this, read it. And then be ready to embark on the journey of this amazingly unique experience with this class through the years of veterinary school and the ultimate culmination of the achievement of a veterinary doctorate. You will never be the same. I wasnt. Twice now.

  137. 3 out of 5

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    Definitely exceeded my expectations. It provides the warm hearted portrayal of love and pain of the first semester of veterinary school and clearly portrays the sense of humor required to stay sane. It goes beyond that though to show the anatomy of a medical mystery and a pair of unlikely romances. A great story and fun read.

  138. 5 out of 5

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    As a vet student myself I was shocked at how similar this book was to my experiences. The characters are witty and funny. It was a quick read that I had trouble putting down because I was so enthralled by the story.
    I loved the oh so stereotypical Aussie – including ‘gday’ and ‘mate’ that only reinforced that everyone in the world thinks we speak like that. I found it funny.
    While it can be a bit technical, it is still a great read for anyone interested in vet school or who just has a love of animals.

  139. 5 out of 5

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    As a student going into my first year of vet school in the fall, this book was fantastic. It had the perfect mix of science, romance, and humor. I only hope that my vet school experience is this great and that I meet friends that will be there for me just like the Death Row crew. Definitely a must for any future vet school student.

  140. 5 out of 5

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    As I am currently preparing for veterinary school, this book has given me early insight into this new experience, as well as the hope that I can also make it through my first semester with the help of new friends and an abundance of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have already recommended it to all my future class mates!

  141. 4 out of 5

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    An Animal Life. In its simplicity, it’s a reminiscing of the life and times of a first year vet student (first year, first semester). In its complexity, it’s a book about the humanity bestowed through the human-animal bond. This is a book for veterinarians, for will be veterinarians, and for those who have ever just wondered what it would have been like to go to vet school. The story dramatizes the “characters” the veterinary profession attracts and the people who impact their lives as they cross paths through an animal’s life. In its simplicity, it’s about forever friendships formed, Jack and Anna. In its complexity, its more about what Petunia and Clancy are to Jack and Anna, to you and me. (Yeah, you’ll just have to read the book to understand that last part.)

  142. 5 out of 5

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    This book is nothing short of amazing. It has all the humor anyone could want, but also gives a look into what the ones who take care of our furry friends are really like. A must read for all pet owners!

  143. 5 out of 5

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    A great read for anyone but a super fun read for animal lovers. I loved the way the author made it possible for me to feel like I was there; I was there and could smell the formaldehyde; I was there in Death Row. This book was not just a gloss-over about the “romance” with animals. It has enough scientific references that it reminded me why, even though at times I like animals better than people, I still could not handle Vet School. I really felt like I was seeing the “gory” but necessary parts. But just as you think ewww that’s gross, you find your self surrounded by the characters and the humor surrounding it all. One of my favorites was the description of the Alpha Mu house. I really wanted to be there for a while and absorb the wonderful absurdity of it all. Loved it! Can’t wait for the next one.

  144. 5 out of 5

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    This book is a well written compilation of the humorous adventures and misadventures of a group of students trying to survive their first year of veterinary school. Although the stories are fictional, they will immediately grab you and never let go. A must read for anyone contemplating a career in veterinary medicine.

  145. 5 out of 5

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    This novel is the real deal! It takes the reader on a ride through the fascinating world of veterinary school filled with quirky personalities, hilarious anecdotes, heart-tugging sweetness, and a whole lot of fun. By the end you’ll feel like you’ve known the characters for years, only to realize that you’ve barely made it through the first semester! The four authors manage to perfectly capture the full spectrum of stress, exhilaration, heartbreak and love that defines the veterinary profession. From a current vet student, well done! Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  146. 5 out of 5

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    Vet school is a very unique experience for all veterinarians, but the themes of An Animal Life are universal. Friendship, struggle, adventure and humor are part of everyone’s lives and anyone can learn a thing or two from the students in this novel! I am a current veterinary student and i found this book reflective of my life inside and outside of vet school! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

  147. 5 out of 5

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    I really enjoyed reading this book. Having been to veterinary school this really brought back memories! I loved how the authors brought such a sense of humor to a very stressful and difficult time. It was a very good read with a great storyline that really engaged me as a reader. I also got a kick out of the appendix and the suggested soundtracks. It really rounded out the experience. Definitely recommend to anyone who loves or has animals in their lives. Can’t wait for the next one!

  148. 5 out of 5

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The window to the world of veterinary students was both entertaining and enlightening. The melding of characters from different backgrounds toward one common goal, making it through vet school, was entertaining, comical, and quite eye-opening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I was hooked from the start of the admissions interviews.

  149. 5 out of 5

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    This is a hilarious, real life account of the authors’ trials and tribulations in veterinary school. The stories are so wacky they have to be true! While reading, the characters really come to life and pull you into their world. The book is nearly impossible to put down and will leave you anxious to hear what happens to the “death row” kids next semester!

  150. 5 out of 5

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    I’m currently in wrapping up my first year of vet school at UF and just read this over spring break- SO accurate. This book is an entertaining and enlightening peak into the lives of vet students. It would make a great TV series (“Scrubs” vet school style). Also- the authors rock. Great people, great book. A must read for all.

  151. 5 out of 5

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    Two-haiku review:

    Philly vet students
    Studies, friendship, even love
    Fictional memoir

    Humor and drama
    Varied cast of characters
    Must for future vets

    This book was given to me for Christmas by my daughter, a veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania. Although this account is fiction, it’s based on the authors’ experience as vet students. A must-read for anyone considering veterinary school.

  152. 5 out of 5

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    If you’ve ever wanted to know what your veterinarian went through to get through school, you’ve got to read this book. This in-depth look at the life of veterinary students has it all: laughter, tears, passion, excitement, and romance. A must read for all animal lovers!

  153. 5 out of 5

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    Though I haven’t had a chance to read more than a couple chapters, I must say it is the most entertaining book I have read in a long time. Being a vet tech in the zoo field, I can totally relate to the experiences. Whether you come from the vet world or have dreamed about working with animals, this book will fit the bill. I recommend it highly!

  154. 5 out of 5

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    Some 40+ (counting slowly) years after my entering the courtyard gates of Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine, reading this wonderful little book has fully revived memories of friends, classmates and professors who shared a four year journey none of us could have anticipated— the challenges, mentoring, successes, crises, and some very good times that ushered us through our student years and into our careers as veterinarians. All are accurately captured in a well-told tale. I’ve sent copies to classmates, colleagues and a special niece who have shared this experience— and to an understandably jealous MD friend who was not so fortunate!

  155. 5 out of 5

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    I am currently studying Veterinary Science at University [in Sydney, Australia] and I love how similar this is to my experiences. The fast paced action and loveable characters pull you in. The sequel cannot come fast enough!

  156. 5 out of 5

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    My daughter is currently a first year veterinary student. This book gave me a really good idea about what she will be experiencing. I loved the book and I loved that I could support my daughter’s SAVMA chapter. I got both the electronic version (for me) AND the signed book (for my daughter). I can’t wait for the sequel!

    (customer of Virginia’s Hope Center for Advanced Veterinary Medicine)

  157. 5 out of 5

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    I bought this book as a gift for my daughter who’s in vet school…. she was thrilled with the book. So as a Mother, you have exceeded my expectations right there by making my child happy. We are a family of book lovers and so this is an awesome addition! Thank you!

  158. 5 out of 5

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    My experience in veterinary school was from the same era as these talented authors. Although a work of fiction, there are too many truths in these pages, I laughed and cried, remembering that crazy first year - with noteservice, the description of the classrooms and the gunners in that front row – the “FRoGs”. Anatomy lab – spot on!!!! I was “smileyMOE”! I look forward to another installment, as I was completely absorbed in this story.

  159. 5 out of 5

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    This book was a great read. I read it cover to cover because I couldn’t put it down. There were so many stories that were similar to my vet school experience it was like taking a walk down memory lane… only with a few exaggerations! It was good to hear that no matter where you go to school there will always be those few staple characters in every class. I can’t wait for the next one!

  160. 5 out of 5

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    loved it….a cant put down kind of book…

  161. 5 out of 5

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    I feel compelled to write a review before having finished this book, because I fear the inevitable letdown of wrapping up a great story without the next in the series to run to. (Keep writing!) While never a med student of any sort, I am living vicariously through the zany and vivid experiences of the “death row” crew. The setup and wit of the story are ridiculously engaging. When will the sequel arrive?

  162. 5 out of 5

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    I just finished the book this morning, walking to work– because I couldn’t put it down! I loved the characters, from the irreverently humorous Death Row Crew, all the way down to the pathetic FRoGs and clueless “JJ”. I think one of my favorites was Big Moe, and the funny way he designated his students after himself (i.e. “City Moe”, “Not Too Annoying Moe”, etc.) Just hilarious!

    But not all was fun & games, and I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the writing when it came to such themes as loss and even death. And the sweet love stories were as endearing as anything I’ve read.

    I’ve always liked stories about students being challenged, like Paper Chase, Rudy, Gross Anatomy and Annapolis, but An Animal Life is my new favorite! Well done, guys– the Force is strong with this one! When does the movie come out?

  163. 5 out of 5

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    Just as Scott Turow’s “One L” has become a perennial must read for all those aspiring to attend law school, Dr. Krum’s An Animal Life is destined to become required reading for anyone who dreams of becoming an animal doctor. An instant classic filled with honesty and humor.

  164. 5 out of 5

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    Had me in stitches the whole time. Can’t wait for the sequel!!

  165. 5 out of 5

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    A great book firmly rooted in place. Vivid descriptions turn the old veterinary school building at the University of Philadelphia, School of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Large Animal Medicine in Kennett Square into characters not mere settings. The human characters are not neglected either. I found myself rooting for the entire zany bunch (human flaws and all), but I admit I was pulling for Anna and her service dog Petunia the most.

  166. 5 out of 5

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    I am not an avid reader … I usually wait for the movie … SO THIS IS A REAL COMPLIMENT WHEN I SAY I AM ENJOYING READING THE BOOK AND WILL PROBABLY READ IT AGAIN! GREAT JOB, GUYS!!! I want to send a copy to Oprah!

  167. 5 out of 5

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    Finally, with An Animal Life, there’s a modern version of the veterinarian’s story. It has all the endearing elements of All Creatures Great and Small — animals, mystery, love and humor. I grew up reading and loving James Herriot, and could never find anything else that even came close — until now!

  168. 5 out of 5

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    I found this book vastly entertaining, especially as I listened to the suggested soundtrack as I read the chapters. (Okay, so the music was playing only in my head, but it helped bring the story to life!) Can’t wait for book 2 to find out what the future holds for Violet, and what becomes of the Peaceable Kingdom, and whether True Love can survive the rigors of vet school. This was a great read with the added bonus of knowing the proceeds go to charity. Keep up the fun and creative genius, guys!

  169. 5 out of 5

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    Surprisingly candid. Exceedingly humorous. An absolutely amazing take on life in veterinary school. Everyone should know! Buy a copy for yourself. Buy copies for your friends and family. Support veterinary students :) … And, just for the record, I really enjoyed the persistent romantic tension that was palpable throughout the story. Such undertones (and overtones for that matter) have certainly been the keystone of my collective vet school experience … ‘Twas a great read. I didn’t know what to expect, but thought it was exceedingly well-written. Kudos to all involved for maintaining their creative intellect after years in the scientific/medical field.

  170. 5 out of 5

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    I absolutely loved this book! The character Anna Heywood really stood out for me because she doesn’t allow her physical limitations to prevent her from achieving her dream of becoming a veterinarian. The surprising mystery of who’s really behind the Animal Liberty Militia kept me guessing throughout the last half of the book. The suggested soundtrack was a brilliant idea and something I’d never seen before in a novel. Not only is this book unique in its’ depiction of life at veterinary school, but the bonus is that every book purchase supports charity. I can’t wait for the “Second Semester”!

  171. 5 out of 5

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    What a delight this book is! From the very beginning it grabs the reader and continues to entice you to read on and escape into its fascinating world. The great writing and structure are refreshing as are all of the illustrations! I look forward to discussing the book with my family who I have gifted books to! Look forward to the Second Semester … [Addendum] … After I submitted my review, I forwarded the site along to my mother who is reading the book now and LOVES it. She honestly was texting me last night around 10pm telling me how much she was liking it and what a fascinating group she thought you all were!

  172. 5 out of 5

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    Amidst the humorous recollections of life as a veterinary student, including quirky professors, a mixed bag of animal patients and their owners, and the mental and physical challenges of life in the clinics, Krum, Yanong, and Moore have captured the essense of veterinary medicine — that connection between people and animals.

    Kudos to the authors and their talented illustrator Hogan.

  173. 5 out of 5

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    I have never before seen a music list as part of a book’s reference material. What a brilliant, fun and experience-enhancing bonus! Further, I love the fact that this book is a gift that keeps on giving as purchasers can designate a charity upon purchase. As a person who likes to read, listen to music and support causes that matter to me – this book is a 3 for 3 hit with me.

  174. 5 out of 5

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    Howard Krum offers a magical evocation of the energy and delight of discovery. His cast of characters, and intriguing plot and enough science and medicine to ground the narrative give animal lovers access not only to the mysterious world of vet school but also to the frustrating and delightful dynamics of a shared cohort. Between laughs we even learn a few things. An Animal Life rekindles the gentle spark of James Herriot, and the no-holds-barred intensity of graduate school. For any of us who have been inspired by both, this is an especially delicious way to spend a few hours. But set them aside in advance because you won’t want to stop reading until you’ve come to the end of The Beginning. I can’t wait for Second Semester.

  175. 5 out of 5

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    From the long nights studying in the anatomy lab to the lively times with classmates outside school, An Animal Life: The Beginning truly captures the roller coaster that is the first semester of veterinary school. I could see each of the characters among my own classmates and professors as they portray what veterinary medicine is all about and why we do it. Simply put, An Animal Life is to veterinary school as Tell Me Where It Hurts is to the veterinary profession with more humor, wit, and a twist you won’t see coming. It’s a fantastic start to the series and a must read for anyone interested in veterinary medicine. I eagerly await the next book!

  176. 5 out of 5

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    This is a deeply entertaining book full of complex, engaging human and animal characters. I loved the description of the “Frog” and “Death Row” students who sit in the front and back rows of the lecture hall. Watch out for the antics which take place in the necropsy room; they are both shocking yet hilarious! I have to admit that my heart skipped a beat when the elevator started slowly creaking up to the anatomy lab in the middle of the night. You will have to read the book to see what came out of the elevator. There is truly never a dull moment in An Animal Life. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves animals, the field of education, or a unique, lively story!

  177. 5 out of 5

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    Having worked at a vet school for 10 years, I can attest that the stories in this book are very true to life! I’d recommend it to anyone related to the veterinary profession or medical profession as there is a strong blend of medicine with the chaos of life as a young adult in school. It was funny with great characters and a little romance too (like “The Princess Bride” is). I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

  178. 5 out of 5

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    What a great book! The authors have done a remarkable job making the reader feel as though they are actually part of the story. A must read for anyone who has animals or who is interested in the veterinary field.

  179. 5 out of 5

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    This wonderful novel was very refreshing. We have tons of books out there trying to rival “All Creatures Great and Small,” but none from the student perspective. It ranges from the grilling interview process to several parallel lines of different plots: exotic, large, small, with intricate character build-up.
    I felt I was in class again with the descriptions of people and where they sat. The game of hypno-golf was hysterical! I relived moments when the book was on the topic of the frat Halloween party, wildlife, and happy hour.
    All in all, an excellent read, punctuated with great art. At the end is a suggested sound track to read with each chapter! What a fun idea only these crazy folks would think of. Can’t wait to see what happens with the blossoming romance…

  180. 5 out of 5

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    The minute I picked up this book I was transported back to my early days in veterinary school. This is a must read for anyone thinking of going to veterinary school. If you love animals and like to laugh, this is the book for you!

  181. 5 out of 5

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    Really enjoyed this fun book and can’t wait for the sequel!

  182. 5 out of 5

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    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! A friend highly recommended this book to me telling me that it was based on the author’s real life experiences in vet school. I have to say that I didn’t really know what to expect. What I discovered was this unique world filled with fun and intriguing characters where crazy stuff happens. The deeper I got into the book the more I didn’t want it to end. I love an author who can really get inside the characters so you feel like you know them and care about them. At the end, I didn’t want to say good-bye to Anna, Jack and the rest of the “death row” gang. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

  183. 5 out of 5

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    ….the tone and irreverent humor of ‘M*A*S*H’ … I loved it!

  184. 5 out of 5

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    a combination of ‘Paper Chase’ and ‘Animal House’ … bright, funny, interesting characters … made me laugh out loud

  185. 5 out of 5

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    Couldn’t put it down so I read it in one sitting … truly enjoyable, full of heartfelt emotion and vivid characters.  The frank and honest style opens up the struggles and joys associated with a field of study everyone thinks they know, but really don’t.  Looking forward to the next installment!

  186. 5 out of 5

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    Just wanted to let you know… My mom opened the gift of your book and said that it made her Christmas! She was so amazed and awed. Thanks for making our day together even more special.

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