Matthew is one of only a handful of Veterinary Dentists in the UK and established the New Forest Veterinary Dental Service in 2011, to provide a service for referral veterinary dental and oral surgery procedures for other veterinary practices. He sees around 1000 cases a year, ranging from routine work to complex dental and oral surgery cases including extensive maxillofacial reconstructions following trauma and oral cancer surgery. He has carried out ground breaking jaw removal surgery (mandibulectomy) in Pygmy Slow Loris, which weigh as little at 350g! His main interest is in endodontic (root canal) treatment of teeth, and has carried out over 3000 root canal procedures in dogs and cats. He has even carried out root canal treatment in Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Otters, Wolves and several primate species, which really pushes these techniques to their limits!
Matthew publishes regularly in the veterinary literature and is a reviewer for a number of publications. He lectures on Veterinary Dentistry at the University of Surrey. He is the course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association, a role which involves providing and co-ordinating undergraduate teaching at Bristol and Cambridge Universities, as well as the association’s numerous postgraduate courses for vets, both in the UK and in Europe. In addition he has previously lectured and tutored at the Universities of Liverpool and Nottingham. He holds the European Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.