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Zoo Vets, Patients Focus of Reading

Zoo veterinarians and their patients — ranging from an anorexic moray eel to a motherless bear cub — are the focus of a book to be featured Jan. 22 when the Ontario Veterinary College's “Community Readers” program kicks off for the winter semester.

Ted Mashima, co-editor of The Rhino With the Glue-On Shoes and Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and Their Patients, will read from the book at 7 p.m. in Room 1714 of the OVC Learning Centre.

Held in partnership with the Bookshelf and the Guelph Public Library, the “Community Readers” program explores veterinary medicine and the human condition through literature. Now in its second year, the program was launched by OVC dean Elizabeth Stone, who teaches a course on veterinary medicine and literature and co-founded the Society for Veterinary Medicine and Literature.

The goal is to explore the ways that reading and writing can help veterinarians connect with clients, understand the human-animal bond and reflect on what it means to be a veterinarian.

The Jan. 22 event is free and open to everyone. Copies of the book can be purchased at the Bookshelf or at the reading.