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Colin holds the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine awarded by London University in 1969, and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.He joined a 2 vet practice in Fakenham Norfolk in 1969 and as sole pricipal and ultimately senior partner built it up to a 5.5 vet practice to which he remains a consultant.
He served on the Council of the British Equine Veterinary Association for many years, including five years as Honorary Information Officer. He represented the Association on the Veterinary Services Advisory Committee of the British Veterinary Association. He acts as veterinary advisor on equine matters to major equine and pet insurers, having been instrumental in initiating both the BEVA/Equine Insurers Liaison Committee and more recently the Committee of Veterinary Advisors to Equine Insurance Companies. Colin serves on the committee of the Veterinary Association for Arbitration and Jurisprudence.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a referee for the Joint Measurement Scheme. He has lectured on general veterinary and on specific equine topics for a number of post graduate courses.
Colin was veterinary correspondent for the Horse & Hound for 20 years. He is the author of various publications on veterinary matters for horse owners including Horse Ailments and Health Care (Ward Lock 1982), Equine Fitness (David & Charles 1987), How to Keep Your Horse Healthy (Blackwell Scientific Press 1989), The Stable Veterinary Handbook (David & Charles 1990), The RSPCA Complete Horse Care Manual (Dorling & Kindersley 1995), An Illustrated Guide to the Veterinary Care of the Horse (Manson Publishing 1996), The Complete Performance Horse (David & Charles 1996) and The Horse Care Bible ( David & Charles 2002). He has been invited to speak on equine veterinary topics at conferences both in the UK and abroad.
Colin is a Law Society listed expert witness, trained as a Single Joint Expert, and am founder member of the Society of Expert Witnesses. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Equine Lawyers Association and a regular contributor to their publication Horse Law.