Edmonds vet publishes memoir, ‘Animals Don’t Blush’
Dr. David Gross, author of the “Ask the Edmonds Vet” column for My Edmonds News, has published “Animals Don’t Blush,” which describes the unique patients and even more unique clients of a veterinary practice in Sidney, Montana in the early 1960s.
Gross joined a veterinary practice in Sidney in 1960, directly out of veterinary school. “Our clients included townspeople, river valley farmers, high prairie dry land wheat farmers and ranchers, and North Dakota Badlands ranchers, the later doing their best to wrest a living from government grazing leases and their too small homesteads,” he wrote. “All were determined, independent-minded folks who expected their veterinarian to be physically tough, knowledgeable about all species of animals, and skilled in the practice of the profession.” He described his animal patients as “for the most part stoic and never embarrassed by anything they did or that was done to them.”
Gross will have a book signing at the Edmonds Bookshop from noon-1 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 20
Gross graduated from Colorado State University’s veterinary school in 1960 and was in private practice for 10 years. He enrolled in graduate school and earned a M.Sc. degree in 1972 and a PhD degree in 1974 from the Ohio State University. He taught and did research at Texas A & M University; College of Veterinary Medicine for 16 years, then became Director of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Research labs at the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine for five years. He retired in 2006 after 12 years as Professor and Head of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Gross and his wife retired to Edmonds to be close to their two sons and three grandchildren in 2007.