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True Confessions of a Veterinarian

An Unconditional Love Story

Gene Witiak, V.M.D. –

Dr. Witiak’s stories of the bond between the veterinarian, client, and pet take the reader into the exam room and on house calls to experience the laughable calamities, miscues, and surprises as well as the personal sorrows, revelations, and joys that treating animals can bring. This is a book of vignettes and personal commentary by a devoted veterinarian who is dedicated both to the science of his profession and to his personal belief in the importance of being loved and loving.

Dr. Witiak makes readers laugh when he checks a small dog’s breath and gets bitten on the nose and then makes them cry when he hugs an old man who has just lost his faithful canine friend. The stories give the reader a deeper understanding of how the unconditional love of our animals enables us to love each other better.

This is a joyous ride where readers bounce from one event to the other just like the veterinarian bounds from exam room to exam room — each with its own surprises. Readers discover just how organic caring is as Dr. Witiak works his magic, enjoying his tongue-in-cheek observations and self-deprecating humor along the way.


“Gene Witiak’s warmth as a vet, and a human being, comes through in these pages. Every pet owner and pet lover should own True Confessions.”

Jack McCallum 
Senior Writer
Sports Illustrated

“Dr. Witiak is a kindly vet who never met an animal he didn’t love. This book is about Dr. Gene’s special world of dogs and cats (and sometimes their owners) famous for doing the unexpected — four decades of great stories generated by dedicated service. I hope you enjoy this love story as much as I did.”

James Baum, President and CEO
St. Louis , Missouri

“With each paragraph, Dr. Witiak demonstrates not only the deep bond that he feels with each of his patients, but is able to share it in such a way that the reader feels it as well. Dr. Witiak beautifully illustrates the love triangle that frequently forms between pet, owner, and veterinarian. Each tale he recounts leaves you with a feeling of closeness to people and pets you have never actually met. Dr. Witiak shares his feelings about veterinary practice with such love that you are left feeling either that you wish you were a veterinarian or perhaps glad that you are one. If you have ever taken a pet to the veterinarian’s office, or even if you haven’t, you will find this book to be a fascinating insight as to how the person on the other side of the examination table feels.”

Michael A. Obenski
V.M.D., owner of Allentown Clinic for Cats and
writer for “dvm magazine”

“A book which gets into your heart. Gene Witiak is a remarkable man who has the ability to communicate with humor, sensitivity, and spirituality to humans and pets alike, for we are all his friends.”

The Rev. Dr. Douglas Caldwell
Central Moravian Church

“Delivered with his usual quirky sense of humor, Dr. Witiak’s stories reveal how his life has been enriched by these amazing animals and their owners. You can almost see the smile on his face as he recounts his favorite memories from the profession for which he’s had an undying love.”

Bill DeRonde, CEO
Chainsaw Productions

GENE WITIAK, V.M.D., is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, and has been a practicing veterinarian for over forty years. He founded, owned, operated, and after twenty-nine years, sold the Lehigh Valley Animal Hospital, which specializes in the care of small animals. He continues to practice there. For nine years, Dr. Witiak served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Veterinary Medicine, and has published articles for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Cloth 6X9
ISBN 0-944435-54-8
LC 2003115314


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