David qualified from the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Sciences in 2006, and spent a year in mixed practice in South Gloucestershire before returning to Bristol in 2007 to undertake a Clinical Training Scholarship in Cattle Health and Production. He then worked in clinical farm animal practice with Langford Vets, a dedicated teaching practice of the University of Bristol for the subsequent decade, alongside a growing academic role within the School of Veterinary Sciences.
He took on clinical leadership of the practice in 2010, and, in addition, the role of Clinical Teaching Fellow in Production Animal Medicine in 2012. Under his leadership, the practice achieved transformational change in the patterns of medicines use, whilst continuing to improve herd health, providing a model for eliminating the use of Critically Important Antimicrobials from UK dairy practice.
He contributed to undergraduate teaching and assessment at all levels of the BVSc programme, particularly the clinical years, and more recently have been involved in both clinical and educational CPD provision. David holds the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2014.
His clinical interests lie with improving herd health management - to reduce disease, improve health and welfare and increase production - and achieving more responsible medicines use on farm, and integrating the two. However, at my core he would describe myself as a teacher who 'happens' to be a vet rather than a vet who teaches. From the perspective of veterinary education, his interests focus on clinical reasoning development, problem-based learning and student response systems, linking applied clinical epidemiology with herd health management, and responsible medicines use.
David joined the University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine in April 2017 as Senior Teaching Fellow in Production Animal Medicine.
Clinical practice and veterinary pedagogy, and include responsible medicines use, the use of non-antibiotic treatments for digital dermatitis and clinical reasoning development through the use of online virtual cases.
Veterinary Medicine and Science (BVMSci) programme.