Welcome to my personal webpage. I am the only veterinary surgeon in the United Kingdom to specialise in minimally invasive "keyhole" surgery of wildlife. While this is my main interest, in my line of work I still have to do a little bit of everything, from an ultrasound examination of a Giant land snail to blood sampling a giraffe. I was born and grew up in South Africa, although my father is Italian (which explains my surname).
My wife Yolanda, who is Spanish, is also a veterinarian, and she specialises in cardiology. Somewhere along the line I ended up doing occasional TV work, and have presented or appeared in series on the BBC, Channel 4, Five, and Animal Planet. My latest series "Vet on the loose" followed me as I travelled around the UK treating a wide variety of animals, from tarantulas to tigers, as well as more common pets, and first aired on Animal Planet in the UK in August 2009.
I continue to be involved part-time in teaching, as a Special lecturer in Zoo & Wildlife Medicine at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine, and lecture and teach on wildlife surgery internationally.
· Inclusion in Marquis "Who's Who in the World" (2009- )
·Inclusion in Marquis "Who's Who in Science and Engineering 10th Edition" (2008- )
· British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) congress award for best clinical research abstract by a practitioner (2007)
· Inclusion in Marquis "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare" (2006- )