Damian graduated from Massey University in 1997 and started his veterinary career in a busy mixed practice in South Otago. He moved to England 3 years later where he spent another 3 years working in mixed practice. Then it was back to New Zealand where he realised that surgery was his true calling and he studied for the Australian College Membership exams in small animal surgery.
Damian then returned to Britain and completed an Internship in Hertfordshire followed by a Residency in small animal surgery at Glasgow University.
Damian gained the Diploma for the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. He returned to New Zealand in 2014 and is now working with the fantastic team at Veterinary Specialists Group in Auckland.
Damian has a keen interest in all aspects of surgery especially complex fracture fixation and reconstructive surgery.
He also enjoys working with wildlife and has operated on a variety of different species such as chimpanzees, giraffes, seals and a coati, including two trips to Cameroon to operate on lowland gorillas.
Outside of work, Damian enjoys a variety of outdoor sports including snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing and scuba diving or relaxing at home with his wife Abi and their crossbreed dogs Wesley and Eilidh.