David grew up on a mixed irrigation property at Numurkah in Victoria. After graduating from Veterinary Science at Melbourne University in 1978, he worked in a mixed veterinary practice for 2 years at Rosebud and Hamilton. In 1981, David became principle of the Casterton Veterinary Clinic until 2000, specialising in sheep and beef. In 1989 to 2001 he was a partner in Bellwyn Hereford stud and fine wool property in Western Victoria.
He became a member of the Australia College of Veterinary Science (MACVSc (sheep medicine)) in 1986 and completed a MBA in 2004 at the University of New England, Armidale. Since 2000, David has been a livestock vet based at Hamilton in Victoria with clients in Vic, SA, NSW & Tas. David was a member of the first Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) group that assisted the United Kingdom’s Foot and Mouth eradication program in 2001 and was an active member of the AVA Vic Animal Welfare Committee from 2004 to 2012. He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the faculty of Veterinary Science at Melbourne University and a casual clinical lecturer in veterinary chemicals and zoonoses at the Faculty of Medicine at Deakin University.
David was a specialist presenter for Rural Industry Skills Training (RIST) Hamilton in Diploma level courses for many years. David has given 100’s of presentations throughout Australia New Zealand and Canada and has published nearly 20 papers in refereed international journals. In 2001 David was runner up in Hugh McKay Science Innovators award for Rendell’s Worm Control Matrix.
David retired from Grampians Animal Health in December 2017 but his invaluable advice and wisdom is still sought often from staff.