Steven Metz, D.V.M. has countless stories to tell with a cast of unforgettable characters: circus animals such as Princess, a Bengal tiger with hepatitis, and Anna Mae, an elephant with conjunctivitis; a boa constrictor caught napping in an acoustic guitar; a hypothermic ferret found in a freezer, and of course, a regular parade of curious dogs, frightened kitties, injured birds, and sickly fish.
His new book Exotic Tails shares the humorous, dreadful, and heartwarming stories of one man’s dogged determination to follow his dreams. Dr. Metz recounts his unlikely journey from young boy frightened of even a fluffy puppy to skilled and compassionate veterinarian treating an exotic, domestic, and wild medley of animals. 10 percent of net profits from the sale of this book will be donated to the Humane Society of Chittenden County.
Steven B. Metz has been a veterinary practitioner for forty-two years—thirty-eight of them in Shelburne, Vermont. He works with both companion and exotic animals. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1961, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Guelph, Ontario. As a consequence of a lifelong fascination with the world of birds and wildlife, he has devoted much of his career to the study and care of non-traditional animal companions. He lives in Shelburne with his wife Connie, and although retired from active practice, he continues his studies and assists other practitioners interested in this absorbing field.
This is part of a series of events with Wind Ridge Publishing authors taking place at Phoenix Books Burlington this fall. WRP authors are all local residents; however, their books reflect a broad range of issues, experience, and global interests—from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ Rick Peyser and Bill Mares’ in Brewing Change, Peyser’s personal account of social responsibility and the lives of coffee farmers, to Vermont wildlife rehabilitator Helena Nicolay’s Squirrel Diaries and Shelburne veterinarian Dr. Steven Metz’s book, Exotic Tails. Other featured WRP releases include VPR commentaries from the Executive Director of the Vermont Humanities Council, Peter Gilbert’s I Was Thinking and Paul Boisvert’s photo essays in his coffee table book, Burlington ~ A Sense of Place.