MVSc PhD MACVSc (Australasian Wildlife Medicine) GradCertTertEd
Derek has extensive training as a veterinarian, wildlife biologist and a teacher. The topic of his PhD was conservation genetics. He has worked as a zoo and wildlife veterinarian in Australia and internationally and has extensive experience in both in situ and ex situ wildlife conservation programs for over 20 years. Derek is currently a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney where he teaches veterinary pathology, conservation biology and is the unit of study coordinator for the Ex situ Conservation Unit of Study in the Wildlife Masters. He is a consultant to the International Student Volunteers, having led student pre-vet projects at the Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in large game reserves in South Africa which includes examining and treating local village animals, mostly dogs. Derek is also the Vice President and Chief Veterinarian of WAIF, an organization that provides veterinary care to Australian native wildlife and advises on the husbandry and care of Australian wildlife to practicing veterinarians and wildlife care organisations such as WIRES and Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services in Sydney, rural NSW and Queensland.
Derek has many wildlife related interests including wildlife diseases in general, the health of captive and free-ranging marine mammals, wildlife rehabilitation, the pharmacology of drugs in native Australian marsupials, and managing kangaroo populations in urban settings. He is actively involved in research relating to a number of these fields and supervises honours and postgraduate students at the University of Sydney.