Chris has an impressive professional background that spans multiple countries and various facets of veterinary surgery. He began his journey by graduating from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and spent two years working in small animal primary care clinics before returning to the RVC for rotating and surgical internships. Chris’s dedication to his craft is evident in his training, which includes translational orthopaedic research before going on to begin his surgical training as one of Andy’s first ECVS residents at Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists (AMVS).
After completing his residency, Chris joined Fitzpatrick Referrals where he gained exposure to a high number of routine, complex and tertiary referral surgical cases. He then expanded his horizons by moving to North America, where he worked as Head of Surgery at a referral clinic in British Columbia, Canada, before becoming a surgeon at a busy orthopaedic-only clinic in Portland, Oregon. His experiences in North America exposed him to a diverse range of cases, not least in finessing the management of complex fractures for large and giant breed dogs and wild animal attacks that are not uncommon in the region!
Despite the excitement of working abroad, Chris always had a strong desire to return to the UK and work with Andy again. He is thrilled to be part of The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic and looks forward to providing his expertise and building relationships with referring vets in Southern England. Chris has a particular interest in stifle arthroscopy which he attended multiple courses on and for the past few years, he has been ‘scoping’ every TPLO he does and is looking forward to continuing this at The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Chris is an avid outdoor enthusiast who particularly enjoys skiing and cycling. He previously lived in a little-known region of Canada called The Okanagan with the unusual setting of living next door to vineyards (yes, Canada makes wine too and it is excellent!) with 35-40°C in the summer yet -20°C in the winter. Although he is glad not to be shoveling snow from his drive anymore, he does miss having two world-class ski resorts within an hour’s drive! While skiing might now be reserved for holidays, cycling is still an everyday passion. In fact, Chris cycle commutes to work every day and is looking forward to reigniting his rivalry with Andy on Strava…!
When not on the slopes or working, Chris completed a full-service firefighter qualification and medical first responder qualification and worked on-call for his local fire department while living in Canada. He enjoyed serving his community and having a lot of fun in the process.
Chris is also a family man, he and his wife have two young children and an enormous cat.