Don’t Bite the Doctor is contemporary, humorous Christian fiction.

Don't Bite the Doctor by Ellen FannonReal doctors treat more than one species. That’s what veterinarian, Jill Bennet believes. On any given day, she may doctor dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, horses, pigs, or any other furry/feathered patient who crosses her path—striving to deliver compassion and competence to all God’s creatures. Now, after forty years, Jill reflects back to when she was a new, young veterinarian, when women were just beginning to become a presence among the previously male-dominated profession. Out in the real world, Jill finds herself in situations never covered in veterinary school. It is a journey of learning and laughter, as Jill contends with a variety of animal patients and their eclectic humans, as well as less-than-helpful co-workers. Interwoven into this mix is her budding romance with the owner of the sock-eating Labrador. Don’t Bite the Doctor promises to bring smiles and tears to anyone who has ever been owned by an animal.

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Book Review:

While you, and especially your pet, shouldn’t bite a vet (who, yes, is a real doctor), you definitely should read this witty and entertaining book. Drawing on her decades of experience, real life vet and author Ellen Fannon, has penned a fictional account of the trials and tribulations of a new vet, Dr. Jill Bennett, in a small Florida town. And she doesn’t just treat dogs and cats. Dr. Bennett helps deliver piglets, vaccinates macaws, and euthanizes monkeys. But properly treating animals isn’t her only challenge. There are demanding pet owners, an insolent vet staff member, and a frequently AWOL boss thrown in the mix. Fannon’s book will keep you laughing, perhaps out loud like I did, open your eyes to the world of vets, teach you some things about animals, and warm your heart with a sweet romance.

~ Alice Murray

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Ellen Fannon, Author

Ellen Fannon, Author

Award winning author, Ellen Fannon, is a newly retired veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She and her retired Air Force pilot-turned-pastor husband have fostered more than forty children, and have two adopted sons. She has published five novels: Other People’s Children, a humorous account of her experience as a foster mother, Save the Date (3rd place winner of the 2022 Christian Indie Award), a humorous story of a woman considering returning home for her class reunion, Don’t Bite the Doctor, the humorous story of a young woman veterinarian in the early ‘80’s, and Honor Thy Father, Episodes One and Two, a drama of a family torn apart by unfortunate circumstances and how God can turn tragedy into triumph. Ellen’s stories have appeared in One Christian Voice, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divine Moments, and Guideposts; and her devotions have appeared in Open Windows, Guideposts-All God’s Creatures, and The Secret Place.

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One thought on “Book Review: Don’t Bite the Doctor by Ellen Fannon

Chris Manion

March 2, 2023 - 19 : 59 : 49

I love Ellen’s dry wit. This book is a delightful way to leave the troubles of the world (and too much screen time) behind. A definite lift to your spirits!


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