David graduated in 1984 from Massey University with a Veterinary degree. He went on to practice in New Zealand and England before setting up the first full time veterinary nursing programme in New Zealand in 1993. Up to 2004 he actively taught on this programme as well as developing other animal-related programmes. He has also been a director of an animal related marketing company from 1991-1994. He has been directly involved in a number of initiatives including the development of the Veterinary Specialist Group referral building in Mt Albert. David is currently working as a Veterinarian when not enjoying mountain biking in Rotorua.