Reflecting on the Veterinary Circular Economy at London Wetland Centre

By Anthony Chadwick

When I was in fifth form(year 11) in the early 80s, I ran my first conservation congress for local 6th formers to discuss the plight of the environment.

Forward forty years on and we've just had 2 glorious days at London Wetland Centre, a hidden jewel nestling into the Thames near Hammersmith. Ably abetted by Charlie Coles, Kamila Buczek and Rebecca Morrin from The Webinar Vet.

We were discussing the veterinary circular economy. Circularity is all about improving technical and biological cycles and is a fabulously well-nuanced and holistic way of looking at the whole world system rather than just the obession on NetZero.

Inspirational speakers were intermixed with deep listening and discussion as well as the opportunity to connect with fellow veterinary leaders passionate about the environment and wanting to make a difference. I've been energised and inspired by the fabulous participants at the veterinary green discussion forum and am looking forward to doing it all again next year.
We even played a game to see what would happen if the veterinary industry ran the world. It did well! Thanks Alice Richard

Anna Judson Susan Paterson Angharad Belcher Martin Mitchell Suzy Ramsay Paul Hadaway Craig Bennett Rob Noble Lydia Brown Evangeline C.

In the evening, I went to meet Sean McCormack BSc (Hons), MVB, MRCVS
vet and all round good guy to see the first beavers in London for 400 years. They did not disappoint!

I always think that there are many universal laws but two of them are
if you give, you always get back 10-fold
the law of attraction means that once you stick your flag in the ground and state what you stand for good people are attracted to you to help fulfil the vision which is to facilitate the regeneration of the profession into a more hopeful and environmentally friendly place.

Sean and I went from the amazing beavers to bat-watching. He taught me so much yesterday. There are a lot of vets who inspire me with environmental activism. Sean is right up there. The veterinary batman!

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