Mark grew up in Treharris and set his heart on being a vet from the age of eight. His long suffering mother was never keen on animals inside the family home, so he 'rebelled' and kept stick insects, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits in a shed, a large variety of birds in a garden aviary and also rescued wildlife casualties to try to nurse them back to health.
Mark regularly "saw practice" at Valley Vets as a high school student and then later as a vet student. He qualified from Bristol Veterinary School in 1992 and after four years practising in Newport, joined Valley Vets in 1996. Mark became a Director and owner in 2005.
At work, Mark has a major interest in animal welfare and the veterinary care of birds, reptiles and small companion mammals. He has lectured on these subjects to other vets, vet nurses and owners and has enjoyed several study trips to the USA to further his knowledge in these animals. He has also appeared on several TV programmes and written articles for professional and hobby magazines.
Mark has been nominated several times for the annual Vet of the Year award.
Mark is now very much involved in the management and leadership of the Valley Vets team.
Out of work, Mark's main interests are cooking, gardening, wildlife photography and travelling; his favourite destinations in the world are the Isle of Mull, Barcelona and South Africa.