Neil graduated from Sydney University (Australia) in 1974 and came straight to Inglewood in New Zealand, where he is still in clinical practice. His interest is the prevention of lameness in pasture fed dairy herds. In recent years this interest has focused on the importance of herd management on the farm tracks and in the milking shed. His understanding of cow behaviour is resulting in practical ways for farmers to reduce foot damage and subsequent lameness. As a result of this work and his contribution to veterinary practice in New Zealand he was awarded an Honorary BVSc by Massey University.