Joe graduated as a vet from the University of Liverpool in 2008 and since then has combined research with private veterinary practice.  He is currently an associate partner at Wern Veterinary Surgeons in North Wales, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool.  He holds an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD on the epidemiology of contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD) from the University of Liverpool.  He is currently involved in various research projects on Ischaemic Teat Necrosis in cattle, blood gases in neonatal ruminants and digital dermatitis in cattle, as well as further work on CODD.