Normally I wait to finish a book before voicing my thoughts, but I am loving The Lion and the Lamb – Memoirs of a Vet so much, that I simply cannot wait.
Mike Hardwich, the author, is both a vet and a farmer, who originally practised in Pietermaritzburg, but now practises at The Heritage Vet in Hillcrest.
So far I have read about the first orang-utan birth in Africa, a C section of a marmoset, complications with farm animals, the world of racehorses and their crooked owners, the anaesthesia of a fruit bat, and an introduction to Mike’s family’s pet menagerie.
The late Sam Ngwena, who spent forty years in all working for various vets as an assistant, and the last six of his life with Mike had this to say:
‘Mike is a white African who understands animals like no other. His spirit calms them; he knows no fear and never panics. He makes our really difficult work seem easy. We seldom have to restrain a patient; there is a calming spirit in our practice because of him.’
In places it is laugh-out-loud funny, and in others incredibly sad – just quite wonderful.
The book retails at R174 (inclusive of postage) and can be ordered directly from The Heritage Vet. Their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.