How to Be a Vet and Other Animal Jobs

Nosy Crow. (How To Be A). May 2024. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9798887770666.
Gr 1-5–This short volume covers a history of the veterinary profession, different types of vets and what they do, schooling requirements, and many non-veterinary animal jobs. Opening with a table of contents that makes it easy to browse topics based on interest, the book is not overly text-heavy, allowing readers space to take in information with ease. French’s writing is direct and accessible with short paragraphs on each page and bold font to highlight important points. Similarly, Linero’s illustrations are clear and inviting while supporting deeper understanding. “Did you know” speech bubbles share interesting related facts that are fun and attention-grabbing. The diversity of the profession is stated in the text and amplified through illustrations that include people of different racial backgrounds and abilities. It’s notable that the text validates the range of personal and professional care work that exists for people with an interest in animals, ranging from caring for a pet at home to the work of a vet who cares for rare animals from around the world. When talking about how to become a vet, the author notes that professional training is essential, but that “you must be patient, kind, and interested in solving problems.” The back matter encourages connecting with local animal nonprofits and rescue organizations and shares website information of established organizations for young readers.
VERDICT A solid and browsable introduction to the veterinary profession that will pique the interest of young animal lovers.

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