Having been born and bred in Newcastle, I still like to call myself a Geordie (even if the accent has faded a bit!) After school, I studied for five years at Glasgow Vet School, graduating in 1983. Fairly soon afterwards, I moved to Kent and have spent all my working life in the county. For the first twenty-five years, I was in mixed practice looking after farm animals and horses as well as smaller pets but in 2009, I decided to concentrate solely on domestic animals.
As a veterinary surgeon in general practice no two days are ever the same; I enjoy the challenge of dealing with the endless variety of clients and animals that come through the door with all their diverse range of ailments. I also enjoy being able to work through surgical cases from start to finish and have a particular interest in orthopaedics.
I am married to Jo and we have three daughters, two of whom are at university studying human medicine while the third is following in my footsteps and studying veterinary medicine. Animals have always been part of our lives and we currently have a black Labrador, a Collie-cross, a ginger cat and a pony.
Outside work, sport has always been my way of relaxing; as I grew older and my body started to complain, rugby and squash were replaced with running and later triathlon. I have now become a MAMIL (Middle (should that be Old!) Aged Man In Lycra) and cycle as often as I can.
In 2017, I rode from London to Paris to raise money for Dogs Trust and in 2018 undertook a 500 mile tour of North Scotland. To my great pleasure my children seem to have inherited my love of sport and I now derive great pleasure watching my daughters on the hockey pitch.
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