Vet, Co-Director and the Hospital's Clinical Director.
Diagnosing difficult to diagnose illnesses and treating complicated medical conditions. I also have an interest in treating zoo animals and 'exotic' pets such as reptiles and birds. I have a particular interest in evidence-based veterinary medicine which helps me to keep the treatments used in the hospital up-to-date.
More generally, for the UK veterinary profession as a whole, I have served on the British Small Animal Veterinary Association's Scientific Committee and their Exotic Pets Subcommittee. I do some clinical research and regularly present at veterinary conferences, and I have published papers and reports in veterinary journals arising from cases seen in our Hospital. At present, I am involved in research into the diseases and welfare of pet reptiles in the UK, and into UV light and vitamin D3 in zoo reptiles, especially crocodilians. I have also been campaigning for measures to improve the often very poor welfare of reptiles and other exotic animals kept as pets in the UK. I peer-review papers submitted for publication to veterinary journals. I also write articles and give occasional Continuing Professional Development lectures for other vets on various topics including evidence-based veterinary medicine and causes of diagnostic error in veterinary medicine, and I contribute to efforts to reduce the use of irrational and ineffective treatments by veterinary surgeons.
Trevor the golden retriever and two moggies; black-and-white Pepe was a rescued ill animal - as is often the case for vets' pets - and black cat SONAR who came from one of the practice's farm clients and, perhaps because of that, happily lives in our garden, rarely coming indoors.
I cycle to keep fit, but I don't have time for much else, what with work, research and three kids. In the rare quiet times I read science books and science fiction novels. On holiday I like to go hiking in mountains or on the coast.