Nigel qualified from Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in July 1985. He started his career in a mixed practice in Wiltshire for a couple of years before moving to a large small animal veterinary group in Southsea in Hampshire, now known as Harbour Veterinary Group. For the following 10 years Nigel lived and worked in Devon on the coast in Exmouth where he developed an interest in surgery, especially orthopaedics. In 2000 he moved to Ark Veterinary Practice in Fleet for three years continuing to develop his surgical skills. Nigel had a brief adventure for six months to Lincolnshire in a mixed practice before returning to the South East and Guildford Pet Doctors for three years, finally joining Elstead Veterinary Surgery in January 2007.