A fascination with all creatures great & small (and how they work) from an early age led Dan to the Royal Veterinary College in London, where he qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1991. After some time in traditional mixed practice in Ilminster, Dan returned to London and then to Langford, Bristol, to undertake postgraduate training in anaesthesia and critical care medicine. In 1997 he was awarded the Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia by the RCVS (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons), the highest level of specialist qualification. This was followed by another diploma (from the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia) and an RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine, recognising an advanced level of knowledge in this area as well. Dan also developed the small animal ICU (intensive care unit) at Langford during his stay there.

In 2005 Dan and Rachel established the County Veterinary Clinic in Taunton, inspired by a shared desire to give all their patients the same level of care they would want for their own pets.

On the rare occasions when Dan is not working, he can often be found cooking, clay shooting or keeping up with his two children.