Tom first came to work in this practice in 1969 after working for two years in Scotland.
He became a partner in the practice in 1972 when it was predominantly a large animal practice.
Since this time he has seen a gradual build up in the small animal and equine parts of the practice whilst there has been a decline in the number of working farms in the area.
Tom now enjoys guiding and teaching members of staff in their career with so many years of experience to offer and often words of wisdom. He now works three days a week in the practice, he still likes to be involved in cases and his passion for high standards of clinical care of his patients within the practice is now his main goal. He has recently withdrawn from the out of hours rota but is still always on hand for advice, or to attend cases when needed. The day to day running of the practice is always discussed each day usually at home over a glass of wine with his wife.
His interests include attending local point to points and horse races. Tom has been attending Sedgefield racecourse as a veterinary surgeon for many years and enjoys a day away from the practice.
Tom has a great passion for the local Riding for the Disabled which he has contributed his services to free of charge for many years, even before the purpose build Unicorn Centre at Hemlington was opened, attending the centre on a regular basis to treat the ponies that do such a wonderful job.
He also enjoys walking with his dogs, the occasional bit of cooking! and spending quality time at home with the ponies, donkeys and Liz.
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