An Animal Surgeon's 'Tale Of Humor, Healing'

Veterinarian Nick Trout has performed CAT scans on rats and at least one ultrasound on a frog. He details the highs and lows of animal healing in his new memoir, Tell Me Where It Hurts.

This interview was originally broadcast on March 20, 2008.

Nick Trout: Animal Medicine from a Vet's-Eye View

Nick Trout

Nick Trout is a surgeon at Angell Animal Medical Center, in Boston. Stanley Edwards/Courtesy Broadway Books hide caption

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Veterinarian Nick Trout joins Fresh Air to talk about his new memoir, Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon.

The British-born, Cambridge-educated Trout is staff surgeon at Boston's Angell Animal Medical Center, a 185,000-square-foot facility treating 50,000 animals each year. He's performed CAT scans on rats and at least one ultrasound on a frog — and he says that in his two and a half decades of practice, he's seen the relationship between pets and people change dramatically.

His personality, says a Publishers Weekly review, "suffuses the many stories sifted from recollections of thousands of animal encounters during his 25 years of practice," and the book "shows how the daily life of a veterinarian requires the ability to be a social worker, a psychologist, a grief counselor, mentor, carpenter, plumber, cosmetologist, athletic coach, magician, grim reaper, and occasionally, guardian angel."

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