Awarded for meritorious contributions to the profession, this award is the highest accolade a vet can receive. Mark received his in recognition of the incredibly high standards of clinical practice that he has demonstrated to both his clients and colleagues throughout his career.
After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 1985 Mark entered dairy practice in Castle Cary, Somerset. In 1990 he moved to Dorset and continued with predominantly dairy work.
He is currently Clinical Director of a large farm animal practice, Synergy Farm Health, which provides veterinary services to farms in Dorset, Somerset and East Devon. Much of his time is spent involved with large herd health and fertility management as well training through the Cattle Lameness Academy.
Marks achieved the Dutch Foot Trimming Diploma in 1991, the RCVS Certificate in Cattle Health and Production in 1993 and the Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (University of Liverpool) in 2004.
Mark was a founding member of the National Association of Cattle Foot Trimmers and has been an examiner for the Short Course Technical Diploma in Cattle Foot Care. Mark is a strong advocate for the development of veterinary technician services.
Mark continues to work closely with Liverpool University where has been an external examiner for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science course and currently the Cert AVP course and DBR course. Mark also has strong links with the Royal Veterinary College, with whom he works as an honorary lecturer. Mark is responsible for coordinating the RVC Intra Mural Rotation in Farm Animals for all final year students, which takes place at Synergy Farm Health.
Mark has spoken widely to farmer and veterinary audiences in the UK and abroad and regularly holds training sessions in foot care. In 2010 Mark won the Farmers Weekly Livestock Advisor of the Year Award.
Needless to say, we are delighted to have Mark’s involvement with Bovis. Mark has both written and reviewed for Bovis and topics he has contributed to include: lameness, genomics, internal medicine, toxicology, neurology, surgery, nutrition and husbandry and welfare.