Kylie’s Ark eBook


This Kirkus’ Best Indie Book of the Year Selection is “an affecting portrayal of the making of a veterinarian and the day-to-day challenges she faces.”

The novel Kylie’s Ark takes us inside the life of a young veterinarian, from intern to licensed vet. Kylie encounters big egos, small budgets, grand intentions, and hollow triumphs. Does she have what it takes to survive a lonely internship in rugged Montana, grueling hours at a prestigious equine hospital in Kentucky, and worse, her own self-doubts when the decisions are hers alone?

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Kylie has taken an oath to help animals, but no one told her how hard it would be not to dwell on the mistakes — the medicines she might have prescribed, the lives she could have saved.

A horse scheduled to be euthanized is given a respite. An illiterate man learns to read so he can better care for his puppy. A neurologically-impaired kitten might provide a key to understanding storage diseases in humans. In Kylie’s Ark, readers discover the successes that make the practice of veterinary medicine a joy, and sometimes a heartbreak.

Praise for Kylie’s Ark

Jennifer Saunders, DVM

For those who have ever pondered the life of a veterinary student or a young veterinary professional, Kylie’s Ark is the read for you. It is a heartwarming and raw look at the trials and tribulations one experiences in vet school and in the professional world of veterinary medicine.

This is a gritty and heart-rending story of a young woman’s struggle to become a veterinarian. She faces challenges that test her spirit, but she never loses sight of her goal: to fight for animals, to care for those in need, and to affirm their value.

Phyllis Gobbell

Rita Welty Bourke weaves an intricate web of stories that showcase her marvelous talents as a writer. Rich and lyrical in their delivery, the stories in Kylie’s Ark are a powerful, profound examination of the heart and soul of a young veterinarian.

Every animal lover will be deeply moved by this collection, as I have been. Ms. Bourke has a way of crystallizing the joy and heartbreak inherent in our relationships with people and with animals. Her characters, of all species, are vivid and believable. I congratulate her on this achievement.