The memoirs of a Scottish vet – working in Kenya

Promises To Keep is a lovely memoir which offers an extraordinary insight into the daily (and nightly) challenges faced by animal lover Hugh Cran, a Scottish vet who answered a small ad in 1966 to work in Kenya, where he still runs a practice.

Cran’s adventures include an encounter with rabid dogs, a horse pageant that went horribly wrong, missing tortoises, entire herds of sick cattle and corrupt policemen. He even witnesses how a witchdoctor successfully identifi es a thief.

Busy from early morning to midnight, Cran never turns down a call to help an animal in distress, even if it means driving across floods or deserts, surviving vehicle breakdowns or insanitary operating conditions on arrival.

In this book he falls in love, marries and starts a family, climbs Kenyan mountains, survives a lifethreatening health crisis, a surgery fire and a serious legal accusation.

And throughout it all, he remains a dedicated and hardworking local vet, serving his African community no matter what.

Promises To Keep, by Hugh Cran, published by Merlin Unwin Books, £16.99.

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