I graduated as a veterinary surgeon with merit from Edinburgh University in 1997, gaining a first class honours degree in Pathological Sciences along the way. I started in small animal practice in Sussex after a short period travelling and have been a general practitioner since then. My interest in dentistry was generated by an unfortunate lack of training in dentistry at University. The situation is slowly changing, helped by several veterinary dentists and assistance from the British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA) where I am Course Organiser. I initially participated in post-graduate training courses run by the BVDA, and from there my interest was hooked. In 2009 I finished a 4–part training programme organised by the European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) on Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. In 2012 I achieved membership by examination into the prestigious Dentistry Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists demonstrating expertise and competence in this field. I am also undertaking further specific post-graduate training within the field of Veterinary Dentistry with two well-respected specialists as my mentors.
Dentistry is such a rewarding area for a Veterinary Surgeon to take a professional interest in, as we can make big, positive changes to our patients’ health and well-being. Many dental diseases can also be prevented. I am committed to educating both pet owners about their pets’ oral health, and also veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, about new techniques, best practice, materials and equipment.
In my spare time I help run post-graduate educational courses for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses through the BVDA as Course Organiser. I also lecture and provide practical tuition at several UK Universities. I have also lectured at veterinary dental conferences in the USA and Europe.
When I do find a spare moment, I enjoy training for and competing in triathlons. I have completed four Ironman competitions, including the extremely challenging Ironman Lanzarote. I have two cats named Eric and Elliot who get their teeth brushed on a regular basis.
I am always happy to talk teeth, and give advice on any aspects of veterinary dentistry. If I don’t know the answer to a question, I probably know someone who does!
I have two cats named Eric and Elliot. Eric loves his teeth being brushed.
Elliot turns into an octopus, and doesn't understand the health benefits. So we think of other ways to maintain his oral health.