I've read a couple of Nick Trout's other books and enjoyed them thoroughly. As an animal lover who (thanks to James Herriot) wanted to be a veterinarian for many years, the books were an obvious fit to my interests.
In this outing, Trout takes several representative cases and turns them into one representative "day in the life" look at his work in veterinary surgery. From the elderly man with his beloved dog to the harried mom who isn't that interested in the outcome for the family pet, Trout shows us not only his animal patients but the human side of the equation. Bedside manner with the two-legged folks is just as important as with the four-legged.
Trout is frank about his work, and about the family background that led him to his initially unwanted career in veterinary work ... and he writes with a friendly tone that I enjoyed.