Tom qualified from Cambridge University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He performed his PhD (also via University of Cambridge) on ‘Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in the Mare’ under the supervision of Professor W.R. ‘Twink’ Allen at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the Dorothy Russel Havemayer Foundation of New York. After a short period as Lecturer in Animal Reproduction at Cambridge University Veterinary School (1997-1999) he moved to Utrecht to become a lecturer in equine reproduction. In 2007, he was appointed to the Chair of Equine Medicine and Reproduction at the Department of Equine Sciences and also to an extraordinary Chair in Reproduction at the University of Pretoria, Department of Production Animal Sciences.
Tom is also a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction and a Royal Dutch Veterinary Association specialist in Equine Reproduction. He runs a busy clinic dealing with all aspects of equine reproduction, with increasing emphasis on assisted reproduction and diagnosis and treatment of infertility. His research interests are focussed on fertilization, early embryonic development and early pregnancy loss in mares and in the relationships between semen quality and fertility in stallions. He is also involved in studies into semen quality and early embryonic development in farm animal and wildlife species, and contraceptive techniques for the management of wild animal populations.