After graduating from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, John worked for six years in small animal practice before returning to Cambridge as university assistant surgeon for four years. He then moved to the University of Liverpool as lecturer in small animal surgery and held the position of head of the division of small animal studies. John became a Fellow of the RCVS in 1993 and Diplomate of the ECVS in 1997.
From 1999, John worked in private practice in Cheshire. The following year he was awarded the BSAVA Simon Award for contributions to small animal surgery.
John is former chair of BSAVA’s Congress Committee and chief examiner for the RCVS Diploma in Surgery.
In 2012 he was appointed honorary professor at the University of Liverpool. He has a keen interest in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly emergency surgery, damage control surgery, portosystemic shunts and minimally invasive surgery.
John is also active on the CPD lecture circuit, regularly speaking in the UK, Europe and the USA. John has authored chapters and edited manuals forBSAVA and most recently contributed and co-edited the second edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Surgery.