Steve qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1987, and worked in general practice for four years before joining the Animal Health Trust as dermatology clinician in 1991. He was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Dermatology in 1992 and his PhD entitled ‘The immune response in canine atopy: hypersensitivity to house dust mites [Dermatophagoides spp.]’ in 2000.
Steve was awarded his RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology in 2011 and was admitted as RCVS Specialist in 2012. Steve was a co-editor for Veterinary Dermatology for 3 years and has been examiner for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Dermatology and its predecessor for many years. Steve was president of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study group for 7 years and was awarded honorary life membership.
As well as the usual duties of a dermatologist, Steve has been the national dermatologist for Guide Dogs for the Blind in the UK since 1995, ensuring a high quality of care for dogs belonging to people with sight loss as well as working to reduce the incidence of cAD in the breeding programme, worked part-time in industry and has given provided CPD to many differing audiences.
Over the last ten years Steve has had a steadily increasing role in undergraduate and post-graduate dermatology and immunology teaching. He believes that dermatology is a fundamental and fun subject and encourages all his students to think the same! He is lucky to work with of 3 other dermatologists at UK Vet Derm that allow him to pursue this and forms a great team.
Current research areas include canine atopic dermatitis and the use of biological control for bacterial infections.