Attention animal lovers: whether you dream of feeding rhinos and tigers their breakfast, or just want some tips for decorating your pet gerbil’s cage, it’s time to enrol at Vet Academy. You’ll learn about a day in the life of an elephant, discover how to decipher the body language of cats and dogs and see what you should pack for a late-night farm emergency.
Every page of this fantastic book is packed with puzzles and fun challenges that readers can complete in order to earn stickers and progress towards Vet Academy graduation. It’s cleverly divided into three clear sections – pets, zoo and farm – and the activities are varied and creative. There’s even a Vet’s Bag in the back of the book that contains a board game, anatomical animal cutouts and a card game. From the page-one warning not to practise treatments on real animals, to the Vet’s Code that graduates sign promising to always protect animal welfare, Vet Academy emphasises not only the fun side of being a vet, but also the real responsibility that comes with the job. It’s great to see a book that takes childhood career ambition so seriously, and this is reflected in Keoghan’s functional illustrations, which are lovely without being overly cute. Aspiring engineers and astronauts should be sure to check out the other entries in the Academy series.