What is your position within the surgery?
Veterinary Surgeon, mostly working in the main surgery in Weymouth.
How did you come to reside in Dorset?
I grew up in rural Lincolnshire but worked in the London area after qualifying as a vet. We moved to Dorset with young children when the opportunity arose to join Dave Cumber Vets (or Fielding and Cumber as it was known then).
Why did you become a veterinarian?
I had always been surrounded by animals growing up. Becoming a vet was the combination of a desire to work with and help animals and the challenge of a job that was practical and scientific in equal measure.
How did you become a veterinarian?
A-levels at school led to a place at Cambridge University to study Veterinary Medicine, qualifying after 6 years in 1998.
What do you actually do as a veterinarian (professional interests, awards, associations) and why you are passionate about these interests?
I am actively involved in all aspects of veterinary care at Dave Cumber Vets but have particular interests in orthopaedic (bones and joints) and laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery. I am always looking for ways that we can keep improving the services that we are able to provide for our patients and I am currently studying towards additional qualifications in emergency and critical medicine.
Tell us about your pets. What are their names, ages, histories and personalities?
I have two cats, Wispa and Jemima; both are rescue cats whose main desire is a comfy duvet to sleep on and whose only hardship is bearing the over-affection of two children!
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