Mon, 2 November 2020

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Call the Vet

Bruce Fogle in conversation with Hannah MacInnes

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The bestselling author and veterinary surgeon to the stars joins us to share his unforgettable adventures with humans and animals.

In 1970, newly qualified vet Bruce Fogle arrived in London from Canada assuming that because he spoke English he would understand the English. He also thought that because he’d graduated from the world’s best veterinary school he would understand how to be a decent vet. He quickly learned that both assumptions were quite wrong.

Working at the prestigious Woodrow & Singleton, a surgery in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bruce’s services were called upon by the most distinguished pet owners in Britain – from Duchesses and Sultans to Paul McCartney and Elizabeth Taylor. He also cared for the exotic inhabitants of the ‘Zoo Department’ at Harrods.

Treating cats and dogs as well as alligators, monkeys and even a puma, with the support of the far more knowledgeable nurses around him, Bruce’s veterinary education began in earnest leading to many unforgettable adventures.

In conversation with Hannah MacInnes, Bruce will explore the unique bond between pets and their owners; the common thread of compassion that unites all cultures and classes as well as the discovery of love and joy in unexpected places.

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Bruce Fogle

World renowned vet, writer and Chair of the animal protection charity Humane Society International.

During his first 20 years in London, Bruce Fogle was best known as husband of the respected actress Julia Foster. For the last 20 years, he has been happily known as father of the writer and broadcaster Ben Fogle. In between he became the world’s best-selling practicing vet, with millions of books published in over 40 languages. Bruce is co-founder of the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Chair of the animal protection charity Humane Society International. He still works as a vet.

Hannah MacInnes

Times Radio presenter and host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.