Austin Donnelly Writes


Veterinary nonfiction. Debut book    Whiskers, Feathers & Fur: Veterinary Tales out 14th March

This is my debut book of short stories from my work as a veterinarian. It is humour / memoir.

Here is the blurb

Around the globe, from Ireland, the UK and onto Australia and New Zealand, the author,  Irish veterinarian and animal lover, Austin Donnelly, takes us with him on an amazing journey full of encounters with all sorts of animals. From a Galway postman that raises a nest of robins in his mail van, to a naughty adolescent alpaca in Tasmania causing all kinds of mischief, the stories are full of surprises and there are lots of laughs along the way. This is a perfect gift for anyone who understands that animals are people too, and appreciates the special bond between animals and their dedicated owners.

Some advance reader reviews

Irish bestselling author duo Colm Keane & Una O'Hagan

'Really loved this book; it’s a terrific read, full of warm stories, great characters, both human and of the furry kind. Sometimes sad, frequently hilarious, clearly written by someone who knows, loves and understands animals of all shapes and sizes.'

Dr Temple Grandin, Author (US)
Animals in Translation
Animals Make us Human

"Whiskers, Feathers, and Fur will get the reader connected to the land and the cycle of life.  I loved the description of the indoor pig who discovers life outside.  At first she was cautious and soon her animal instincts became unleashed, when she foraged and wallowed in the mud."

Available to order through all good book stores internationally from 14/03/2020

Also available to pre-order online (Ebook) now

Amazon Australia

Amazon Ireland / UK

Amazon US


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stunning male peacock


Alice Springs Jan 2019

Admiral butterfly

Admiral Butterfly 

Mount Usher Gardens Wicklow June 2018

cute sleeping piglet

A sleepy Piglet

Wodonga Victoria Australia September 18