My journey to the skies and the people and animals of the Australian outback
The inspiring story of the intrepid Dr Ameliah Scott, the Flying Vet extraordinaire.
Ameliah isn’t your average vet – flying solo over a staggering territory of 200,000 square kilometres of red dirt and bush to tend to animals of all shapes and sizes, she’s a rare combination of female flying vet and fifth generation farmer in remote Australia. She brings much needed solace, care and reassurance to remote farming communities in the heart of the country, while also raising her own young family.
With charm, honesty and wit, Ameliah tells stories from a life on the road and the skies, from attending the School of the Air and becoming a vet, to operating her mobile service in some of the most remote parts of the country. Her story spreads as far as her clients are scattered across the outback, from far western New South Wales to northern Victoria, from the southwest of Queensland to eastern South Australia, treating valuable stock animals and beloved pets, and providing a precious lifeline for their owners.
Funny, moving and uplifting, Ameliah tells us about the diverse community she serves and the animals she treats, and celebrates the bush and the people of the outback – and Ameliah’s passion for animal welfare. From treating animals in distress, wrangling hot blooded goats to gelding biting horses and treating pregnant and calving cattle, Ameliah also battles the changing conditions of the bush, and the scourge of feral animals and plagues – all while navigating vast distances from the air, and raising her own young family on her own 120,000-acre cattle and sheep farm.
Humour, hope and healing from the heart of Australia
Title: The Flying Vet
Author: Scott, Ameliah
Publication date: 21/06/2023
Publisher: ABC Books