Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Cardiovascular and Renal Biology, CPCS (Research Programme)

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery

Dan is a Professor in Small Animal Surgery, a European and American Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and Chairman of the Board of Regents of the European College of Veterinary Surgery (2019/20). Dan is the Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Service at the RVC which performed over 60 open heart operations in the last 12 months.  He is also a provider of Continuing Professional Development worldwide. 

Dan graduated from Liverpool University in 1987. After eighteen months in practice at the Churchfield Veterinary Centre in Barnsley, he began a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Liverpool. Dan gained an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology in 1990 and a Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics in 1991.

Dan moved to the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 as a Lecturer in Surgery and where he became Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1994. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1999. He joined the Royal Veterinary College as a Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery in October 2000 and became a Senior Lecturer in 2003. He was awarded his Professorship in 2007.

In addition to being an active small animal surgeon, Dan has held many administrative roles at the RVC: as head of the surgery service, head of small animal medicine and surgery, head of the department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and head of the department of Clinical Sciences and Services.  He is currently Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Service which performed over 60 open heart surgical procedures over the last 12 months.

Dan is head of group evaluating advanced surgical therapies for congenital and acquired cardiac disease.

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Dan lectures in the respiratory and cardiovascular modules on the BVetMed undergraduate course as well as providing practical supervision and teaching to final year students and residents whilst on clinics. His is also a worldwide provider of CPD, lecturing at many institutions and conferences, including the BSAVA, WSAVA and the North American Veterinary Conference, ASAVA and FASAVA.

Dan is particularly interested in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery (especially management of portosystemic shunts), plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical management of urinary incontinence, gastrointestinal surgery and surgery of the conducting airways.

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