Growing up in South Africa I always wanted to work with animals. As a youngster I kept all the usual small mammals and fish and also had a large collection of birds. Holidays were spent working at the local Pet Shop or at Horse Stud farms.
I graduated in 1988 in South Africa and after 2 years Military Service I started work in small animal practice.
I moved to the UK in 1993 and have worked in a number of small animal practices in Woolwich, Acton, Leamington Spa, Wickford, Upminster and Brentwood.
Two of the practices were run by Exotics specialists, and I obtained my Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2003. Whilst I enjoy seeing all pets, a large proportion of my time is spent in practice with exotic pets from hamsters to alligators, rabbits to parrots and even the unusual pets like raccoons, raccoon dogs, skunks, sugar gliders as well as snakes and lizards. I have also been lucky enough to work with lions and elephants.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and have written chapters in 3 textbooks, published a number of articles and have lectured extensively both in the UK, Ireland, Latvia and the Czech Republic. I teach Exotics to students at Universities in London and Cambridge and teach MSc students at London Zoo how to neuter Lizards.
In my spare time my 3 daughters keep me busy. My wife and I take part in triathlon and marathon running. We have completed 6 Marathons and 3 Ironman Triathlons in the past 3 years. The last member of our family is Sammy - our lovely cat who came with my wife from South Africa.