Cows in Trees

Cows in Trees

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Highly qualified veterinary surgeon Julian Earl, entertains the reader with a few of his favourite tales and events from his long career, not to mention the most bizarre of all – attending to a cow stuck in a tree!



Highly qualified veterinary surgeon Julian Earl, entertains the reader with a few of his favourite tales and events from his long career, not to mention the most bizarre of all – attending to a cow stuck in a tree! Chapters are littered with anecdotes, hilarious memories, and veterinary stories all told in a lighthearted style with plenty of examples and practical advice on what one should try and avoid when working as a veterinary surgeon. James Herriot for the 21st Century. 

  • Collection of entirely true stories and events
  • Heart-warming and entertaining insight into the variety of ailments presented on a daily basis
  • Filled with dramas, disasters and challenging situations, such as literally finding a cow stuck in a tree
  • Brief insight into a few of the characters within the profession
  • Stories of not only unusual animals and their ailments but also their owners
  • Featuring domestic pets and farm livestock
  • Gives the reader an appreciation into the life of a vet


Julian Earl wanted to be a vet from an early age and managed to achieve this childhood dream by qualifying as a veterinary surgeon at Liverpool University in 1981. He subsequently worked in Lancashire and then in Lincolnshire, always working with farm livestock and domestic pets. In 1988 and 1998 he gained further RCVS qualifications in Sheep Health and Production and Animal Welfare respectively, and in 2015 was awarded the status of being an Advanced Veterinary Practitioner in Sheep and Animal Welfare. During his career he was also the president of the Lincolnshire Veterinary Association and the Sheep Veterinary Society.

Unfortunately in 2012 he suffered life-threatening injuries in a cycle race that brought to an end his clinical work, he is now an approved para-cyclist targeting a return to competitive cycling.


Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading A Warm and Witty Memoir of a Vet's Life
ISBN 9781846892318
Author Julian Earl
Binding Hardback
Extent 216 x 138 mm, 160 pages
Illustrations No
Ebook Yes through your usual supplier

"This is lovely series of stories and anecdotes from a farm vet, with all the ups, downs and oddities of life that come with that profession. Julian Earl's patients ranged from the usual cows, sheep and horses to the rather less expected pregnant boa constrictor, but his enthusiasm for the animals in his care shines through. He informs as well as entertains, offering commentary on the increasing prevalence of some previously uncommon diseases and discussing the importance of nutrition in animal health. There is a good mix of the funny, the cute, the sad and the grisly, but overall this is a book which will appeal to pet and livestock owners everywhere." — Horse & Countryside


"A highly skilled vet whose career ended following a major accident in a cycling race. Earl tells of the motley collection of characters he met, describes many of the experiences he had while attending call-outs, and shares stories of the animals he met along the way. He's called out to rescue a cow stuck in a tree, meets the tallest horse in the world, saves dogs who've been shot, cats that been mangled by cars, meets humans who can't cope with their pets, and farmers who can't cope with their livestock. This delightful book is entertaining, honest, funny and heart-warming." — Shropshire Star


"The bar for veterinary memoirs was set very high by the superb James Herriot, but Julian Earl is right up there with him with Cows in Trees. This book is a must for any animal or countryside lover. I particularly hope that there will be more from Earl as I’m sure he still has plenty of stories to tell."  — Jacqui Broderick, Lavender & White Publishing (you can read the full review here)

"It shouldn't happen to a vet. Whether it's freeing cows stuck up trees or hurdling snarling dogs, in his new book Julian Earl reveals the trials and tribulations of working with animals" Natasha Weale, The Daily Express (you can read the full review here)

"The book is filled with hilarious, heart-warming and at times tear-jerking memories of a life spent looking after both farm animals and domestic pets including, as the title suggests, one tale of a cow stuck in a tree! It is a delightful memoir and a passionate recollection of the trials and tribulations of being a vet out in the field. From dancing sheep to wayward cats, join Earl on his good, bad and ugly journey to veterinary excellence." Bookmark of Spalding, 'Book of the week'  August 10th 2016

"Subtitled “a warm and witty memoir of a vet’s life”, this book by Julian Earl chronicles the events of his 30 years spent caring for pets and farm livestock. Full of amusing anecdotes, such as the time he surgically stapled his fingertip to a lamb’s scrotum, and cautionary tales (why never to stand behind a coughing cow, for example), it offers a good, fun read for anyone with a love of animals." Shooting Times

"Julian Earl is a vet anf Cows in Trees is a witty memoir of anecdotes taken from his wide range experience of animals. You will chuckle as you read it." Evergreen

"Cows in Trees is beautifully written, capturing many hilarious moments of Julian’s career throughout, and a few very sad ones as well. This hardback book will appeal to pet owners and non-pet owners alike, and is certainly one of our favourite books of 2016 so far." — Pet Owners Association (you can read the full review here)

"Julian Earl has an eloquent and easy to read style of writing that enables the reader to really visualise the shenanigans that he’s getting up to with these animals.  Within the space of half an hour this book had me howling with laughter, cringing in embarrassment, feeling disgusted by a particularly gruesome surgery, and crying hot, fat tears right down my chin." — Maddi Naish, Haynet (you can read the full review here)

"Veterinary surgeon Julian Earl reminisces with this heart-warming memoir of being a vet in a country practice. He shares the highs and lows experienced by a vet as well as light-hearted memories of both animals and humans he has encountered in his career. And yes, there is a cow stuck in a tree!" — The Cat Magazine, Cats Protection

"This book is definitely light-hearted and easy to read. If you are in need of a pick-me-up, or a book on your night stand which you can dip into whenever you feel like reading before bed, Cows in Trees is highly recommended. Oh, and yes, you really can find cows in trees!" — BASC 

"While he may no longer wield a scalpel, he can still spin a yarn, as Cows in Trees, his book of veterinary anecdotes, confirms." — Companion Magazine, BSAVA (British Small Animal Veterinary Association) (you can read the full article here)


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