After qualifying from the university of Glasgow in 1998, I worked in mixed general practice in North East Scotland before moving to Ireland to undertake an internship and then residency in Large Animal Surgery at University College Dublin (UCD). After my residency I worked as College Lecturer in Equine Surgery at UCD for several years before moving to Denmark. I have since worked in private and academic practice and after 11 years at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital in Glasgow, I have recently taken up the position of Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.
I am a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a European and RCVS recognized specialist in equine surgery.
I am involved with a number of projects around the world with working equidae, including training vets and equid owners in resource limited settings. My clinical and research interests include equine poor performance, the upper airway, ophthalmic surgery, trauma and wound healing and I have been instrumental in the development and validation of the technique of overground endoscopy. I have recently successfully completed a PhD project looking at the use of Acute Phase Proteins for monitoring disease in horses and am a fellow of the higher education academy with a enthusiasm for teaching in the clinical setting. Although I am principally a surgeon, I have a range of experience with exotic, zoo animals and wildlife, and served as a trustee and veterinary director of the Irish Seal for many years. In addition to this I am a keen Bee Keeper and introduced the teaching of Bee husbandry and disease to the undergraduate veterinary curriculum.
I currently live in west central Scotland with my wife two sons and daughter and collection of hens, bees and other animals. When not doing surgery I am a keen piper, runner and sea kayaker.