Tom graduated from Edinburgh University in 2011 and then completed a one-year rotating internship working extensively with exotic species (raptors and reptiles in particular), before starting his Residency in Avian Medicine at Great Western Exotics in 2012.
In January 2014 Tom successfully gained his RCVSCertAVP(ZooMed) and completed his Residency in Avian Medicine in 2015. He obtained his European diploma DipECZM(avian) and European specialist status in 2017. Tom regularly lectures on all aspects of exotic animal medicine and care to both veterinarians and nurses. He also supervises the only UK-based European College of Zoological medicine avian residency programme, helping to train the specialists of the future.