Paw’d Cast: Dr. Suzy Fincham-Gray, author, “My Patients and Other Animals”

This is a really great interview, from the end of April 2018. Listen to her speak and it is easy to understand what a great writer and vet she is. I look forward to her return to the program over the summer. Highly-recommended reading.

Dr. Suzy Fincham-Gray is a San Diego-area vet, originally from England, has written a wonderful and very readable book about the practice of veterinary medicine. From the promotional material:

My Patients and Other Animals is a moving memoir of a life spent in the company of animals—a veterinarian sheds light on the universal experience of loving, healing, and losing our beloved pets, and the many ways they change our lives. 

Suzy Fincham-Gray dreamed of becoming a vet since she was a young girl. In 2000, she graduated, with honors from the Royal Veterinary College in London. Her journey in veterinary medicine has taken her from the English-Welsh border to an inner city Philadelphia ER to the U.S. West Coast, with thousands of stories collected along the way.

In this unforgettable and profound literary debut, we are taken into the heart of the relationship we share with the animals in our lives, and the decisions we must make when a loved one becomes sick. We meet Grayling, an Irish Wolfhound in need of intensive care. With Ned, a rescue dog from Mexico, we experience the joy of saving an animal from disease. And the story of Sweetie explores the lengths doctors will go to save a patient. Fincham-Gray is a rare breed—a clinician with an elegant literary style. She affords a view few can obtain and writes with the same tenderness she brings to her patients, whose needs she must meet with her mind, her hands and her heart. Rich in warmth and humor, My Patients and Other Animals is a memorable story of compassion, healing and hope.

Reading this wonderful book reminded me of my interview with Dr. Burtch of the Birchbark Foundation. Another really smart and compassionate vet.

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