A vet’s life with a difference: all creatures great and small in the diverse and distinctive South Atlantic islands.
The role of resident vet in the remote British Overseas Territories of the Falklands, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha encompasses the complexities of caring for the world’s oldest living land animal – a 200-year-old giant tortoise, denizen of the St Helena governor’s lawn – and MoD mascots at the Falklands airbase; pursuing mystery creatures and invasive microorganisms; relocating herds of reindeer; and rescuing animals in extraordinarily rugged landscapes, from subtropical cloud forests to volcanic cliff faces.
Hugely entertaining and affectionate, Jonathan Hollins’s tales of island vetting are not only full of ingenuity and astounding fauna – they are also steeped in the unique local cultures, history and peoples of the islands, far from the hustle of continental life. They are perfect for animal lovers, adventurers and armchair travellers alike.
* Praise for Vet at the End of the Earth *
‘A delightful, fascinating and entertaining book, ideal for anyone with a passion for the wild and natural world, and who dreams of escapism, adventure and challenge’ DR HILARY JONES MBE
‘A Great Veterinary Adventure set in the wilds of the South Atlantic – highly recommended!’ GARETH STEEL, author of Never Work with Animals
‘Charming descriptions of a life well led on the fringes; vividly told with compassion and humour’ JONATHAN C. SLAGHT, author of Owls of the Eastern Ice