Melanie Butera

Melanie Butera

Melanie Butera is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with more than twenty years of emergency experience. She owned the Stark County Veterinary Emergency clinic where she treated more than 100,000 cases and now has a private practice at the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital. Throughout her career, she has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation. She is a graduate of Otterbein College and OSU and lives in Canal Fulton.


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Dillie the Deer

DILLIE THE DEER: A TRUE STORY OF LOVE, HEALING, AND FAMILY (2015): In the summer of 2004, veterinarian Melanie Butera received an unexpected patient: a three-day-old, blind, dying fawn she called Dillie. When Melanie and her husband Steve decide to take Dillie into their home as part of the family, in return she enriches their lives beyond measure. When Melanie is diagnosed with cancer, the veterinarian who saved the life of a fawn is herself saved by the unconditional love of Dillie the deer.


Buckeye Book Fair Review of DILLIE THE DEER:

Veterinarian Melanie Butera makes it very clear that she would never recommend that anyone have a deer as a house pet. She goes on to explain the special circumstances that resulted in a farm-born fawn becoming a member of her family. Her beautifully written true story of saving the dying, partially blind fawn Dillie (for Daffodil) will fascinate anyone who is interested in the bonds existing between people and animals. And short chapters make this a book that can be picked up for just a few minutes or for an hour.

Aided by a husband who is naturally gifted with animals of many species, Dr. Butera and the staff at her emergency animal clinic in Stark County, Ohio, save Dillie and then the real story begins. Readers meet the dogs, cats, horses and other animals who are part of Dillie’s family and also get an inside look at life in a veterinary practice. Humorous incidents abound starring Screamie the sun conure, Spazz the Clinic Cat, Lady the standard poodle, and horses Kibbles and Cammie. But emergencies at the clinic make clear the serious situations faced by veterinarians.

When Dr. Butera herself is diagnosed with cancer, she finds that relationships among her animals and human friends are key to healing and survival. Telling their story becomes her mission. This book is the result.

Highly Recommended For: All ages (16+), especially animal lovers.

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