Childrens picture book aims to inspire future generation of veterinarians

July 2, 2018
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist
Katie James, dvm360 Associate Content Specialist

Katie James is an Associate Content Specialist for UBM Animal Care. She produces and edits content for and its associated print publications, dvm360 magazine, Vetted and Firstline. She has a passion for creating highly-engaging content through the use of new technology and storytelling platforms. In 2018, she was named a Folio: Rising Star Award Honoree, an award given to individuals who are making their mark and disrupting the status quo of magazine media, even in the early stages of their careers. She was also named an American Society of Business Publication Editors Young Leader Scholar in 2015. Katie grew up in the Kansas City area and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Outside of the office her sidekick is an energetic Australian cattle dog mix named Blitz.

After seeing books about pirates and fairies but none about the best profession in the world, Dr. Ruth MacPete set about to write one herself.

Lisette the Vet, a new children's picture book by Ruth MacPete, DVM, features a smart, animal-loving little girl who wants to become a veterinarian:

Lisette loves animals: big or little, furry or feathery, even slimy or scaly. Well ... almost all animals. When her class gets a new pet, she can't wait to meet him. When she finally meets Fluffy, he is not what she expected. Then disaster strikes! Will Lisette the Vet save the day?

Dr. MacPeteDr. MacPete, who's been writing about pet health for 15 years as a way to connect with pet parents and share veterinary knowledge, says Lisette's story has been six years in the making. She tells dvm360 that she was inspired to pen Lisette the Vet while reading to her children.

“After reading countless books to my young kids I realized there were a lot of picture books about fairies, monsters, pirates, princesses, super heroes and more, but not a lot of picture books about the best profession in the world-veterinary medicine,” she says. “Instead of dreaming of becoming a princess I wanted to encourage my daughter to become a veterinarian.”

Dr. MacPete hopes to inspire children to overcome their fears and to believe in themselves. “And of course I want children to share my passion for veterinary medicine and to become inspired to become future veterinarians,” she says.

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