Mark is a veterinarian and independent scientific researcher, who graduated from Murdoch University in 2000. His career has been varied, from working as a graduate at RSPCA NSW, in general practice at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital, as Technical Services Manager for Companion Animals at Virbac Animal Health, then as an independent scientific researcher and consultant.
While with Virbac, Mark created Disease WatchDog, Australia’s national pet disease surveillance system that operated from 2010 to 2017, which has collected considerable data and has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications, many of which Mark has co-authored.
In 2016 Mark started a PhD with University of Sydney on Canine Parvovirus epidemiology, and currently he is leading a research-and-intervention project with the goal of stopping Parvo in Australia. He is also the co-founder of Paws for A Purpose, a social enterprise charity for pets and people, which raises funds and awareness for various issues including Canine Parvovirus. He also sits on the boards of the charity, Pets In The Park – helping the homeless care for their pets, and ASAV, as the president of the companion animal special interest group of the AVA. Mark is the recipient of the 2017 RSPCA Alan White Scholarship.