David Williams - Contributor Profile


Qualifying as a veterinary surgeon thirty years ago, David knew from then that he wanted to devote his professional career to ophthalmology. The fascination of the eye in health and disease has never ceased to captivate him and it is this abiding interest that he aims to pass on to his audience, whether a seminar group of veterinary surgeons, a lecture theatre of basic scientists or a classroom of primary school children. 

David has lectured both nationally and internationally with visits to the USA and Canada, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Sudan, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Poland, France and Germany. In both clinical work and research, he seeks to integrate an understanding of the mechanisms of vision in the normal eye with new treatments for eye disease in animals and humans. 

His research has particularly focused on ocular immunology and inflammation (the subject of his PhD and an American text for which he was guest editor) and age-related cataract (the subject of his VetMD and ongoing studies) although an abiding interest in wildlife and exotic pet species also leads him into studies in species as diverse as amphibians and zebrafish. 

His interest in ophthalmology also extends into the history of the subject, and especially the life and work of the Canadian ophthalmologist and ornithologist Casey Albert Wood. Having spent over twenty years in veterinary ophthalmology, he has, over the past ten years, reawakened a long-standing interest in animal welfare and ethics. Having obtained his RCVS certificate in animal welfare science ethics and law he provided, until recently, a lecture course in veterinary ethics as well as teaching in the animal welfare course at Cambridge and has recently become a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behaviour Medicine. 

David also has an abiding interest in veterinary education and especially in the use of animals in teaching veterinary students, the subject of his dissertation in the Masters in Education he completed in the Faculty of Education in Cambridge. The doctorate he is currently undertaking looks at how we teach ethics to veterinary students and to what degree this teaching equips new graduates to cope with ethical dilemmas encountered in their first years after qualifying.

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