Austin Donnelly Writes


 Whiskers, Feathers & Fur: Veterinary Tales is out now!

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."

Richard Gibney, magazine editor Dublin.

'Austin Donnelly’s Whiskers, Feathers and Fur is a series of highly entertaining anecdotes about Donnelly’s career as a vet. Set mainly in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, the stories feature the various encounters – animal and human, and sometimes even the local vegetation – that Austin has met on his travels, as he acts as a locum in a number of practices around the globe. The warmth of the stories is what impresses most: Although many of the tales have a pastoral setting, animal lovers come from all walks of life. And it is just these people who often take in or look after wildlife that would otherwise fail to flourish – often with an idiosyncratic determination that almost defies logic. One such animal lover is the postman who keeps a nest of chicks in the glove compartment of his van. Something that this reader hadn’t considered is the fact that vets are likely to encounter plenty of unusual people and interesting characters; if you think of the stereotypical Cat Lady, many animal lovers can be considered more eccentric than the average human. On the flip side, those with little respect for our cousins in the animal kingdom might be equally odd – and there is a character in this tome who matches this description too. The stories also feature Austin's early obsession with animal husbandry and his childhood interest in becoming a veterinarian. In essence, it is autobiography through the prism of a series of moments and periods of his life. It's an exceptionally interesting, very funny and occasionally heart-breaking primer in the life of a travelling vet.'

Available to order through all good book stores internationally from now

Available online at 

Amazon Australia HERE

Amazon Ireland / UK HERE

Amazon US HERE

Available in the UK from WHSmith in store and online HERE

Irish Bookstores 

Woodbine books Kildare

Midelton and Fermoy Books Cork

Bridgestreet Books Wicklow

O'Mahony's Booksellers Limerick

Alan Hanna's Book shop 

Also The Green Room Roundwood

Keely's Roundwood   & Roundwood Veterinary Clinic

Available at a range of Irish Libraries- Please request it if you can't find it.

Audio book version available from 10 / 04 / 2020

  I am in the process of moving this site to Wordpress. 

Buy a signed copy, delivered anywhere internationally through the following page HERE

Austin's Irish Times Article here HERE  and other articles / radio chats HERE

stunning male peacock


Alice Springs Jan 2019

Admiral Butterfly 

Mount Usher Gardens Wicklow June 2018

cute sleeping piglet

A sleepy Piglet

Wodonga Victoria Australia September 18