John is the UK’s most pre-eminent deer vet. He graduated from Glasgow University, and gained his doctorate at Cambridge University for research into breeding behaviour of enclosed and wild deer on the Isle of Rum. He is a leading specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in deer.
He has played a crucial role in the development of deer farming in the UK and Europe from the late 70s and his advice and consultancy has led to the establishment of deer farming enterprises in the UK, Europe, USA, the Far East and New Zealand.
As well as numerous scientific papers, he is also author of a number of books including Fletcher’s Game, which tells the history of modern deer farming and his own experiences in establishing Reediehill Deer Farm in Fife, Britain’s first commercial deer farm. His latest book Gardens of Earthly Delight: The History of Deer Parks was published in 2011.
John is Honorary President of the British Deer Farms and Parks Association (BDFPA), and is a former Chairman of both the BDFPA and the Federation of European Deer Farmers’ Association.