Don’t They Kick When You Do That? Stories of a Prairie Veterinarian


  • Format Trade Paperback
  • Author Dr. Gary Hoium
  • Publish Date October 21, 2021
  • ISBN ​978-1-927570-74-6
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compilation of Dr. Gary Hoium’s real-life, sometimes humorous adventures, mishaps, and successes during his decades in a mixed-animal veterinary practice in Weyburn, SK.
Finalist, Memoirs/ Career, Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2022.



Description: Just days after graduating from veterinary college in 1984, Dr. Gary Hoium joined a mixed animal clinic in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Thus began a long, successful career serving animals of all shapes and sizes, and their human owners/handlers. Along the way, he collected humorous and heartwarming stories of the creatures he met. Written with Dr. Hoium’s unmistakable wit and sense of fun, Don’t They Kick When You Do That is a compilation of his real-life adventures, mishaps, and successes. From cattle to hogs, cats to dogs, the creatures and men and women who love them have wormed their way into Gary Hoium’s heart … and his stories. And, yes, sometimes they do kick when he does that!

Awards/Honours: Finalist, Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2022, Memoirs /Career

​978-1-927570-74-6, 224 pages, 6 photos. ©2021, Ages 15 to Adult, Humour, Nonfiction.

About the Author: Gary Hoium was born and raised in the small community of Midale, in southeastern Saskatchewan, located midway between Weyburn and Estevan along Highway 39. He pursued a career in hockey but turned to mixed-animal veterinary practice when a future as a professional hockey player didn’t turn out. He purchased a clinic in Weyburn in 1989, renaming it Hoium Veterinary Services. He sold it in 2004 and remained as a contracted/ commissioned employee, performing much of the clinic’s live-cattle exports to the USA until retiring in 2021. He resides in Weyburn with his wife, Shelley, and enjoys spending time with their two adult children and spouses, and their five grandchildren.

Responses from Readers:

  • This witty vet is highly entertaining.”
  • ​”I loved this book. So funny.”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your adventures, and thanks for the veterinarian tutelage. It was an education as well.”
  • “Such clever writing and great stories.”

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