After qualifying from the Royal School of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Matt started life in companion and livestock veterinary practice in rural Dorset. In 1999 he returned to academia to continue his career, and held positions at the University of Sydney, US Davies in California, and at the Royal Veterinary College in London, where he was appointed lecturer and Senior Clinician. After completing a RCVS Certificate, Matt returned to clinical practice, setting up his own veterinary businesses. With 37 clinics the group become the UK’s largest veterinary business in their sector, before managing a successful exit to Private Equity in 2018. His network of businesses included laboratories, digital animal health, first opinion and referral veterinary clinics.
Matt’s passion is innovative veterinary care, and he has received several awards for developing new and novel ways of ensuring the highest standards in animal care, including a Nuffield Scholarship and the Queens Award for Voluntary Services. His main Executive role is as the Global Chief Medical Officer for Destination Pet, assisting with ensuring the group achieves the highest clinical standards, supporting the development of the Destination Pet digital strategy and helping to create the European development of the business.
Matt is active in vet tech and Agritech in the UK and is on the board of five Agritech businesses including the government Agritech strategy centre Agri-EPI and vettech businesses VetYou and Vet Pursuits. He is also a consultant for Geneva based Animal Health consultancy Stonehaven and chair of the MWI Clinical Board. As a farm vet and a qualified lawyer, Matt still does the odd fertility routine visit and provides legal opinion on a number of animal welfare and litigation cases.