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Colin Whiting



I qualified from Liverpool in 1998, student president the previous year, after a somewhat stuttering academic career much bolstered by support when ‘seeing practice’. Various rejections and disappointments were overcome since being hooked on this career from Herriot books and supportive local practitioners. Since graduating I’ve worked in clinical practice in Cheshire and Cornwall, except a year back at Liverpool as surgery resident and a year ‘out’ after corporate sale. I’ve been a first opinion and referral practitioner, an assistant, clinical director, partner in a large hospital group; now I work in our own independent travelling surgery business here in Cornwall where my wife Lizzy (also a vet) and our two children have lived for 14 years. I’m currently president of Cornwall Veterinary Association which we’ve expanded to incorporate vet nurses and vet students, and active in various student support networks including establishing VetWings, a virtual EMS site helping 10,000 vet students worldwide. I love being a vet and particularly enjoy client communication, teamworking and mentoring colleagues. My career overview was recently featured in the Vet Record, titled ‘Lucky to have had the support of many people and determined to pass the baton’.

Council Member category

  • Elected: 2021-2025

Committee membership

  • Education Committee 
  • Advancement of Profession Committee
  • PIC/DC Liaison Committee 

Declaration of interests


  • VetCW Ltd 
  • Penmellyn Property Company
  • Morning Point Ltd

Relevant financial interests, eg shareholdings, bonds and derivatives




Appointments to other bodies

  • 2011 - 2014, Wadebridge Primary Academy Governing Body- Parent Governor / Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee

Membership of other veterinary or allied organisations

  • Cornwall Veterinary Association - Senior Vice President 2021/2022
  • British Veterinary Association
  • British Small Animal Association
  • British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association
  • Society of Practicing Veterinary Surgeons
  • Veterinary Defence Society


  • 1989 - 94 – Imperial College catering department – Waiter
  • 1998 - 2000 – Hillside Vet Centre, vet assistant
  • 2000 - 2001 – Liverpool University Small Animal Hospital, Surgical resident
  • 2001 – temporary Official Veterinary Surgeon
  • 2001 - 2007 – County Vets- Senior Small Animal Assistant / Clinical Director
  • 2007 – 2019- Penmellyn Vet Group – Clinical Director& Referral Surgeon, Head of Small Animal
  • Department, Partner, Director. Clinical Director from 2018 following sale of business to IVC


  • 2020 - current – VetCW Surgical Team – director and referral surgeon

Qualifications (other than veterinary qualifications listed in the Register)


Interests relating to immediate family or close friends

  • Colin's wife is also a vet: a fellow director of Morning Point Ltd and both director of and clinical colleague at VetCW surgical team.

Other relevant information

  • Political affiliation – member of the Conservative Party

  • Writing interests – comedy/satire

  • Editor of the Raptured Spleen Facebook page
  • Founder of VetWings Student Support Facebook Group