A farmer’s son from the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, David qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Liverpool in 1977. He is Welsh speaking and widely experienced as both a Practising Vet and as a Government Vet
David spent 9 years in mixed, mainly farm animal, general practice, as both Assistant and Partner in Anglesey, Powys and Denbighshire.
In January 1986, David joined MAFF (subsequently SVS, AH and now AHVLA) as a Veterinary Officer at the Caernarfon Divisional Office.
In a long career, including 10y as North Wales Divisional Veterinary Manager and culminating as N Wales Regional Veterinary Lead, he developed a strong reputation throughout AHVLA for his comprehensive professional and technical knowledge and also for leadership, practicality and common sense. He has been based mainly in North Wales but has also frequently worked in a number of other places throughout Britain. David’s experience is wide-ranging but principal areas of expertise include:
TB: Management of TB eradication policy in North Wales including effective deployment of testing, farmer advice and education, and most notably, on his own initiative, the introduction of strong measures (subsequently adopted across GB) to identify and prevent poor quality TB testing.
Foot and Mouth Disease: Leadership of the effective control, eradication and subsequent exclusion of FMD from North Wales.
Meat Hygiene: Responsibility for meat plants within North Wales including one of the largest sheep abattoirs in Europe; Hygiene inspection and scoring of English and Welsh abattoirs as member of SVS Hygiene Assessment Team.
Audit: Qualified ISO 9001 Auditor(IRCA) conduct of a number of audits for AHVLA
David has been in the front-line dealing with all the major animal health and welfare issues to have faced British Livestock industry in the last 25 or so years, including Chernobyl, BSE, Avian Influenza, Swine Fever, the export of live animals etc. His membership of the Final Selection Boards for recent AHVLA Tender Exercises (including Veterinary Reserve Personnel, TB reactor slaughterhouses and on farm TB reactor slaughter in Wales) is recognition of that.