Bob graduated from the University of Queensland in 1982. After working as an associate veterinarian and locum in southeast Queensland and the UK, he opened the West Toowoomba Veterinary Surgery in October 1988. His interest in avian medicine began soon after graduation and he obtained his Membership of the Avian Health chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 1991 and his Fellowship in 2003. He sold his practice in 2010 to take up a position with the newly relocated UQ School of Veterinary Science in Gatton. He is now an Associate Professor and head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service. He has written two avian medicine texts (one of which has been republished as a second edition and has been translated into German, Turkish and Chinese) and co-edited a reptile medicine text. He has also published over 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and taught avian medicine in Spain, Singapore, China, Turkey and all-around Australia.