Jonathan graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 1988 and completed specialist training in Soft Tissue Surgery at Cambridge University, UK, becoming a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1997. He gained a Masters degree in Veterinary Science in 1990, and a Masters degree in Clinical Oncology in 2013. Jonathan has spent periods of time in both academia and private referral practice since completing his residency, including positions as Head of oncology and soft tissue surgery at Davies Veterinary Specialists, Hertfordshire (2004-2010), and Head of the Companion Animal Group at Massey University (2012-2017).
Jonathan has active research interests in several clinical areas including soft tissue sarcoma, injection-site sarcoma, endoprosthetics and haemangiosarcoma. He is currently completing a PhD, with the hope of developing better prognostic tools and treatments for soft tissue sarcoma.
The impact of his research typically shares a similar philosophy:
- Attempts to improve patient outcomes by identifying new treatment options or using new adjuvant therapies;
- Managing patient morbidity by identifying tumours that could be successfully managed with less aggressive surgery, or those that warrant multimodal treatment;
- Embracing the concept of ‘one medicine’, with outcomes of treatment in veterinary patients serving as valuable tools for improving management of similar disease in humans.