According to one doctor, the secret to life is this:
“Look for the moments that are right in front of you.”
The doctor in this case treats horses, goats, cows, pigs, snakes, dogs, cats, skunks, geese, ostriches, chickens, reindeer, monkeysand any other animal that comes his way in the small, dusty farming and ranching community of Lamesa, Texas. Dr. Bo Brock, DVM owns a thriving multispecies veterinary clinic in a town that holds 9,207 humans. He shares his unique perspective on life through a witty, sometimes teary lens in his debut book, Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere (June, 2016; Greenleaf Book Group; $17.95; 284 pages; Trade Paper; ISBN: 978-1-62634-264-4).
Dr. Brock has treated tens of thousands of animals for over 25,000 people who came from 750 different zip codes. He may indeed be in the middle of nowhere, but his waiting room is crowded. And it’s worth the wait.
He shares wisdom, insights, and just plain-old funny stories for animal lovers, rural Americans, and anyone looking to see the lighter side of life. Dr. Brock describes his book as “the story of being a veterinarian on the edge of the earth and loving it.”
Readers will howl through the funny parts and weep through the touching pages. His unique perspective and tales of doctoring beloved pets and cantankerous owners will make you smile, laugh, cry and evoke every emotion under the sun.
The book is as much about people as it is about animals. “All we hear about in the news is the bad stuff,” says Dr. Brock. “I want to give Americans something to smile about with my book.” In some ways, he doctors up people as he heals and looks after their animals.
Dr. Brock’s passion is equine medicine and he is well known across four states for doctoring everything from expensive race horses to every day ranch horses and every kind of horse in between, performing approximately 1,000 equine surgeries per year.
He takes a walk through life and brings you along with him. This book is a series of moments that shares the perspective of a small-town veterinarian as he reacts to all things while taking care of critters and tending to their owners
Though Dr. Brock’s easy-to-read book holds the values of rural America close to heart, it is filled with poignant stories that appeal to everyone, especially animal lovers. His stories run the gamut of emotions from lump-in-your-throat tears to laugh-out-loud screams. It’s a wholesome book with a positive outlook on life, written by a veterinarian of 25 years who has witnessed life, death and everything in between.
An earlier version of the book, as a self-published title, rose to No. 5 on Amazon’s humor and best-seller list. It won the 2015 Chicago Animals, Animals, Animals Book Festival Grand Prize.
Dr. Bo Brock, DVM, loves animals. He should – he’s treated more of them than there are residents in a tiny farming and ranching Texas community where he serves as the owner of Brock Veterinary Clinic. He purchased the La Mesa, Texas practice in 1992. His goal was to develop an equine-focused practice. He went from treating 96 horses his initial year to seeing roughly 11,000 in 2015. He has a staff of seven.
In 2007, he was voted Equine Practitioner of the Year for the state of Texas. He’s an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University and has taught night classes for a decade. He delivered the 2014 Texas Veterinary A&M commencement speech. He graduated from the same program in 1990, Magna Cum Laude - fourth in his class. Upon graduating, he worked at a mixed-animal practice in Clarendon, Texas and practiced with Dr. Charles Deyhle for a year-and-a-half. He is an active member of American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. He passed the boards and became a member of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2004 and is one of only 89 members of that distinguished group in the USA.
Dr. Brock was also asked to shoot a television pilot by Animal Planet.
He lives with his wife, Kerri. Their daughters are also going into caring professions – Kimmi, is studying to be a nurse and Abby is studying veterinary medicine at his alma mater Texas A&M.