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Elinor McGrath, Pet Doctor

The Story of America’s First Female Veterinarian

Elinor McGrath, Pet Doctor

The Story of America’s First Female Veterinarian

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I can do this! Elinor rolled up her sleeves. She was smart enough. She was strong enough.

When Elinor McGrath decided she wanted to be a veterinarian, the world told her no. It was 1907, and that job was not considered suitable for women. Even after she was accepted into veterinary school, the 137 male students in her class made it clear she was not welcome. Yet despite constant criticism, Elinor persevered. She could see that the future was changing and was determined to show the world of veterinary medicine that accepting women wasn't the only change the profession needed.

Written by a small-animal veterinarian, Elinor McGrath, Pet Doctor tells the true story of the first woman veterinarian in the US. Backmatter highlights Elinor's career as well as other pioneering women vets from around the world.


"Elinor's irrepressible spirit is an inspiration, and the attractive artwork captures her exuberance and determination in a soft watercolor style. The perfect intro to an unusual life that young animal lovers are bound to appreciate."


"This book about America's first woman to own a veterinary practice is for anyone who loves animals, needs a burst of self-confidence, or wants to soak up herstory as well as history."

Spirituality & Practice

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506492032
  • eBook ISBN 9781506492049
  • Age Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date March 19, 2024