From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 1994:
If Wishes Were Horses: The
Education of a Veterinarian, by Loretta
Gage, DVM, and Nancy Gage, St Martin’s Press
(175 Fifth Ave, New York NY 10010), 1992, 295 pages,
paperback $4.99 U.S., $5.99 in Canada.
Nearly everyone who loves animals has at some
point dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Loretta Gage was
one: this is her account of the reality behind that dream. With
relentless attention to detail, she and her sister describe the
process of becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine.
At times her dream seems more like a nightmare, an
endless boot camp of classes taught by insensitive instructors,
of animals sacrificed for knowledge of basic procedures.
Still, there are moments of friendship, human and nonhuman,
and Gage is impressively determined to succeed.