Sheilagh's debut book, 'Not grazing but browsing' is a memoir explaining how she has got through life so far as a woman and vet, covering times when men were slow to accept women into the profession.
But make no mistake, this is not out of the James Herriot stable. Although written with poignancy and humour, self-deprecation and a good deal of mischief, there is little to laugh about in some of the issues Sheilagh discusses. With raw and gritty realism she describes some of the harrowing aspects of being a vet. Do you know what it's like to put to sleep a dozen unwanted and unloved dogs in one morning? Can you imagine what that does to you and how it influences your thoughts on human assisted dying?
In this enlivening and edifying book, Sheilagh explains how a vet gets to her early sixties with all her marbles and a degree of optimism. And if you've ever wondered how to deal with discrimination, poor mental health, ill-fitting PPE, and a police officer who stops you for driving without headlights, then this is a must-read for you.
After qualifying in 1979, Sheilagh Nisbet enjoyed a number of roles as a vet while raising a family of five and breeding wee Greek horses.
In 2015, she gained a masters degree in creative writing (with distinction, she likes to add) then turned from the requirement for absolute truth applied in her many papers published in veterinary journals to write creatively.
She lives near Melrose amongst horses, donkeys, pigs and llamas, as well as her whippet.