I woke at 4am to set off so excitedly for a full day of veterinary CPD (further veterinary training and development) in Surrey. A three hour drive lay ahead of me and I had no idea what to expect.
The 2 day event was organised by Noel Fitzpatrick and is dedicated to vets and vet nurses. He is such a lovely man and I felt a little ‘starstruck’ when I stopped to speak to him about what he had said in one of his talks. He has an intense gaze and really listens and shows interest – he asked my name and where I worked.
He told all the attending vets and vet nurses that his dear old Mum had turned 90 last week and he had been to visit to see her and give her a hug. She was apparently disinterested in how much fame and fortune he had; she just wanted to know that he was a good person.
He felt that this wonderful CPD event that he organised was hopefully going to be his legacy where he just spreads kindness amongst the veterinary profession. I felt it did, and one lecture in particular given by Dr David Hamilton about the 2 effects of kindness was just excellent (and a little life-changing). I thoroughly recommend the book he has written and I have already bought it for my children and myself!
David has a gentle Glaswegian accent, similar to Billy Connolly and is an author and was a biochemist. He told us about the day he had to have his 2 year old Labrador Oscar put to sleep due to developing an osteosarcoma (you can imagine all the ‘Aaahs’ when he told this to a room full of vets and vet nurses!).
There was a Highland cow in the field and he stared at the cow and the cow stared back and in his words – ‘ He saw the soul of this animal and from that day on, he became a vegan!’
He reassured me even more with this story that being vegan was the right choice; and gave me the inspiration for this Blog and our vegan dog food – ‘Just Be Kind!’