BVSc MSc DZooMed MACVSc(Surg) FRES FRGS MRCVS
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in
Zoo & Wildlife Medicine
Date of Birth: 5 Nov 1974 Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Nationality: Italian, South African
Languages: English, French, Afrikaans, (fluent)
Spanish, Italian, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu (basic conversational)
Specialist Status: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine (2006).
Academic Post: Special lecturer in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
Diplomate in: DZooMed (Avian) (Diploma in Zoological Medicine - Avian), Awarding body: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), London, United Kingdom (2005).
Certification in: MACVSc (Small Animal Surgery) Membership examinations, Awarding body: Australian College of Veterinary Scientists (2005)
Certification in: CertZooMed (Certificate in Zoological Medicine) , Awarding body: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), London, United Kingdom (2002)
Degree: MSc (Wild Animal Health), University: London Royal Veterinary College and Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (University of London), United Kingdom (2000)
Degree: BVSc, University: Pretoria University, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort, South Africa (June 1999), Distinctions: Zoology, Medicine, Immunology, Ectoparasitology, Helminthology, Ethology, Chemistry, Leadership roles: Editor of official Veterinary faculty newsletter,
"Borborygmi", March 1995 - May 1998
School: Pretoria Boys High School, South Africa, matriculated 1992, Subjects: English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Science, Biology, Music, Distinctions: Biology, Science, Prizes: Matric biology prize, academic and cultural ties, Other: Attended the extra-curricular centre for the highly gifted (1987-1992)
Membership of Professional Organisations
Elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
Elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES)
Elected Council Member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) - two terms (2004-2008)
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) (2005-2008)
Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS)
British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS)
European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)
Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ALSGBI)
British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons (BAPES)
Experience and Employment
• Veterinarian and specialist surgeon at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Edinburgh Zoo
• Special lecturer in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (2007- ), a part-time post teaching zoo animal nutrition, health, welfare, and ethics to undergraduate veterinary students.
• Director of Zoological Medicine Ltd, a company offering consultancy services in Zoo, Wildlife, and Exotic animal health, husbandry, medicine, and pathology (2006 - ).
• Wildlife Veterinarian for the Scottish SPCA (Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Wildlife Rescue Centre, Middlebank, with responsibility for the provision of veterinary care to the grey and common seals rescued by the British Divers Marine Mammal Rescue. This also involves veterinary care for grey and common seals in Deep Sea World Aquarium, Fife.
• Website editor for the internet portal for veterinary "keyhole" surgery (minimally invasive surgery): www.veterinarylaparoscopy.com ; and rabbit surgery www.rabbitsurgery.com
• Special lecturer in Exotic Animal Nursing on Telford College, Edinburgh's Veterinary Nursing course.
• Act as referee/scrutineer for scientific papers submitted to the Veterinary Record, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, Journal of Small Animal Practice, and Veterinary Anaesthesia.
• Veterinary Surgeon at Inglis Veterinary Centre, Dunfermline. Responsible for the provision of minimally invasive surgery in domestic and exotic animal species. The first veterinary surgeon to perform several keyhole surgery techniques in Scotland, and trained with human surgeons, cases have included referrals from the University of Edinburgh's Hospital for Small Animals (2006- 2010).
• Was employed as the Zoo and Wildlife Pathologist at the Zoological Society of London, London zoo from October 2005 until June 2006, with responsibility for management of the pathology and microbiology departments. This was the only full-time onsite pathology post in a zoo in the United Kingdom, and entailed post-mortem examination and histopathology of the large and varied mammal, avian, reptile, amphibian, fish, and invertebrate collections at London and Whipsnade zoos, and supervision of the microbiology and parasitology sections. This post also included external pathology work for numerous English Nature projects, including the Red Kite and British Field Cricket projects, as well as Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) at Edinburgh University, projects on Serengeti lions and pathology of the ravens at the Tower of London. Teaching of the MSc in Wild Animal Health students, in conjunction with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, was also an important component two days of the week.
• Filmed and presented a 13 episode series on zoo, exotic, and wildlife veterinary work entitled "Vet on the Loose" for Discovery's "Animal Planet" station, produced by North One Television, in 2007.
• Acted as a judge with Shauna Lowery on the 10 episode second series of "Top Dog", produced by Ten Alps Productions for Discovery's "Animal Planet" station
• Presented "Creature Clinic" on BBC3 in March 2006, a 30 minute feature on exotic animal health, produced by North One Television.
• Was the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland Senior Clinical Scholar in Exotic Animal / Wildlife Medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh University, February 2003 until October 2005. This included performing veterinary work for Edinburgh Zoo, native UK wildlife rehabilitation veterinary care for the SSPCA wildlife centre, Middlebank, and clinical work with wildlife and exotic species at the university veterinary hospital, as well as teaching of undergraduate veterinary students.
• Acted as examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Zoological Medicine (CertZooMed), and observer for the Diploma in Zoological Medicine (DZooMed) (2006-2008).
• Acted as Public Relations Officer (PRO) and Media liaisons person for the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), a non-territorial division of the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
• Acted as Scientific editor for the peer-reviewed section of the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) ZooMed.
• Consultant histopathologist to the Zoological Society of London (London and Whipsnade Zoos), providing all histological interpretation of surgical biopsies and post-mortem samples from all taxa kept at London zoo, as well as all primates and psittacine birds from Whipsnade zoo (2006).
• Consultant in pathology, to Greendale laboratories, Woking, Surrey, performing diagnostic histopathology and cytology of zoo, wildlife, and exotic animal species. This included work from zoos such as Howletts, Port Lymphne, Bristol, Jersey, Dudley, Drusillas, and other smaller collections (2005-2007).
• Performed entomohistopathology for the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London on zoo invertebrates of conservation importance submitted for pathological examination (2004-2006).
• Consultant in exotic species clinical pathology and histopathology to Nation Wide Laboratories (NWL, formerly North Western Laboratories), Lancashire, UK (2001-2006).
• Performed regular weekend mixed practice locums at Inglis Veterinary practice, Dunfermline between 2003-2005.
• Worked as field veterinarian in Haryana state, Northern India, performing pathology and clinical work on Gyps sp. vulture mortalities and population declines, under the auspices of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Zoological Society of London (ZSL), and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). This involved establishing a clinical pathology laboratory, designing protocols, and managing the health of captive vultures at the facility.
• Employed for 2 years in private practice in Blackpool, Lancashire, with sole responsibility for running the large exotic species (predominately Herpetological medicine and surgery) first opinion and referral section of the practice, as well as performing more routine small animal surgical and medical duties. This included work as an expert witness in several legal cases involving exotic species. Veterinary input and care was also given to the venomous snakes in the herpetological collection at Blackpool zoo, as requested by the zoo veterinarian, Mr Michael Fielding MRCVS.
• Contributed a veterinary and health care section to the International Reptilian magazine, published by C-View media, Southampton, United Kingdom from 2001.
• Continued regular small animal practice locums for various Veterinary Surgeries. Voluntary weekend small animal veterinary work at the Peoples Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) in Bow and Ilford, London, while completing the MSc (2000).
• Performed clinical and post mortem duties at London zoo and Whipsnade zoo, as part of the MSc in wild animal health.
• Performed a one year research project on post-mortem examination of mortalities in British wild birds, as part of an MSc in Wild Animal Health, with Andrew Cunningham at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London (2000).
• Completed Certification in Practical Gunsmithing, by the American Gunsmithing Institute, 2002, for the purposes of facilitating dart gun repairs and evaluation, evaluating humane and safety considerations in the destruction of dangerous animals by means of firearms, and in forensic evaluation of wildlife casualties.
• Completed the African Epizootic Diseases post-graduate training course, October 1998, held by the Department of Veterinary Tropical Disease, the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the Onderstepoort Research Institute, and the Onderstepoort Institute for Exotic Diseases. infectious diseases of livestock and wildlife in sub-Saharan Africa.
Recognition and Awards
• Inclusion in Marquis "Who's Who in the World" (2009 -), an international biographic reference of 60,000 most notable individuals in all fields from politics and entertainment, to science business.
• Awarded best presented clinical research abstract by a practitioner award at the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) Congress 2007 for: "Evaluation of a coxotibial compression test for the diagnosis of caudal cruciate ligament rupture in pet rabbits".
• Inclusion in Marquis "Who's Who in Science and Engineering" (2008- )
• Inclusion in the first "Courvoisier Future 500" list, of the 500 bright rising stars in the Observer newspaper (2007)
• Inclusion in Marquis "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare" (2006- ).
Scientific Illustration, illustrated book covers for:
• Wildlife rehabilitation bibliography (ISBN 1-86854-071-5)
• Cheetahs as game ranch animals (ISBN 1-875088-10-5)
Bird-watching, entomology, painting and sketching wildlife, blackbelt in karate, playing classical and jazz music (cello and double bass), Argentine tango, reading on microeconomics, spending time with my wife and daughter.