Chris had a keen desire to become a vet from a young age which was the result of a love for animals and working with his grandad helping to look after and train greyhounds.Not getting into vet school straight after finishing A-levels did not deter him from pursuing the career that he felt destined to do. After completing a degree in zoology at Queen Mary, University of London and masters in wild animal biology at the Royal Veterinary College, Chris then obtained a place to study veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary college and graduated in July 2013.
During his time studying at the Royal Veterinary College, Chris completed work placements at Chestnuts, which is required as part of the veterinary degree. Thankfully that placement must have gone well, and Chris started working at Chestnuts shortly after graduating. Chris has always had a keen interest in all areas of small animal medicine, especially seeing exotic patients which stems from the zoology degree and the variety that comes from treating small mammals, reptiles and birds.
In December 2017 Chris relocated with his family and worked in a small animal practice which allowed him to work more frequently with exotic species expanding the skill and knowledge in that area. When the opportunity arose to come back to Chestnuts as a Clinical Director it was an easy decision to make. Since becoming a Clinical Director Chris has enjoyed all the other responsibilities that come with helping run the practice alongside the clinical work. Chris is heavily involved in the new graduate programme run by the practice ensuring that young vets receive all the support and help they need as they start their new careers, which he feels very passionately about.
Chris still has the two cats, Betty and Elmo, that his family rescued when he was a veterinary student and they very much rule the house much to the disappointment of Colin the Labrador!