Jon graduated from the University of Bristol in 1996. After two years in mixed general (mainly cattle and small animal) practice in Bath and North-East Somerset, he returned to the University of Bristol to perform a three-year Residency in Small Animal Medicine. In 2001 Jon established a Small Animal Medicine referral service at Willows. In 2004 he started the Canine Medicine referral service at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, before becoming Head of Internal Medicine. He then returned to the University of Bristol as Clinical Fellow in Cardiorespiratory Medicine before joining Dick White Referrals in 2008 as a Specialist in Small Animal Medicine and subsequently as Head of Cardiology. He joined Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in 2021 as Clinical Director.
Jon is a past Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate and Diploma in Small Animal Medicine and the Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice for the University of Liverpool. He has published widely and lectured nationally and internationally in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Veterinary Education and Interventional Radiology. He is the author of the book ‘Canine Internal Medicine: What’s Your Diagnosis?’. He is an Honorary Associate Professor in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Nottingham and Visiting Lecturer at Copenhagen and Lusofona (Lisbon). In 2008 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS) for Meritorious Contribution to Clinical Practice. The same year, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB) and listed as a Chartered Biologist.
Jon’s clinical practice and interests are in all aspects of Internal Medicine and Cardiology but specifically in the investigation and management of dysphagia, endocrine dwarfism, diagnostic and therapeutic interventional endoscopy, congenital heart disease, pericardial disease, interventional cardiology and interventional radiology (a subject area which he has been amongst the vanguard of Specialists in the UK to introduce this in the veterinary arena in the last decade and in which he has provided practical training workshops for internationally). He also speaks regularly in clinical reasoning and cognitive error as applied to small animal veterinary practice.
Outside work, Jon enjoys travelling, live music, playing the guitar (with more enthusiasm than skill) and spending time with his three children messing around in kayaks, boards and swimming in rivers and sea.
“I’m enormously excited and privileged to be taking the position of Clinical Director at Willows, having fond memories of developing the Internal Medicine Service here 20 years ago. I’ve watched the centre grow and further develop with great admiration as an outstanding multidisciplinary referral centre and general practice with the same commitment to excellence that has always been a byword for Willows. I look forward with enthusiasm to be working with such a stellar group of Specialists and superb veterinary and nursing talent to deliver the very best of care for the patients entrusted to our collective expertise by their owners and veterinary practices.”