TV vet Luke Gamble's heart-warming tales of his life as a vet.... starting out as an idealistic and naive vet in his first year of real practice in the West Country. A natural successor to the classic feelgood stories of James Herriot with a 21st century take.
Fresh out of university Luke joins a mixed practice in Dorset, run by the stern but benevolent Mr Spotswode and is quickly thrust into the real world of veterinary medicine: truculent farmers, out-of-hours-surgery, nasty biting squirrels, operating on frog's eyeballs and some of the harsher facts of farming life like dealing with an outbreak of foot and mouth and subsequent slaughter. Luke's dream is to set up on his own and find his place in the world. These things, however, are never quite straightforward. Across the course of this memoir, the young vet not only learns much about his trade, but about his own character - and develops a group of close friends - both animal and human - who will stay with his across his career. The most important of these is Cordelia - the woman of his dreams - his quest to win her heart is a marathon!
'In this book, Luke Gamble tells of the horror of the 2001 foot and mouth outbreak from a personal angle with the terrible consequences on the farmers he visits, challenging you to keep a dry eye. But not content with the challenges of everyday vet work, he embarks on an epic 152-mile run across the Sahara to raise money for his charity and win the heart of his wife Cordelia.' - BBC Countryfile Magazine 4 stars
'A gamut of emotions; laughter, serious weeping, but always enjoyable' - Clarissa Dickson Wright
'Luke Gamble is a West Country treasure . . . like Dr Doolittle but real!' - Martin Clunes
'For anyone who has even the slightest interest in animals, this book is a must read. Luke Gamble is the new James Herriott and Gerald Durrell' - What's Good To Do
Luke Gamble graduated from Bristol University in 1999 as a vet before specialising in large animal medicine and surgery at Cambridge. Primarily based in his New Forest practice, his extra-curricular work with the Worldwide Veterinary Service charity (which he founded in 2003) takes him further afield. He also runs an emergency service for animals in Dorset and a pet travel company.
Alongside his veterinary endeavours, Luke is a black belt in karate, has run the Marathon Des Sables (for charity and to impress his wife) and in 2010 was awarded the James Herriot Award by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association for outstanding contributions to the welfare of companion animals.
Luke is married to a vet and lives in New Forest with his three children, Angel the ridgeback and a bossy rescue cat called Charlie.
The Vet: my wild and wonderful friends was his first book, followed by his overseas adventures in The Vet: the big wild world.