This month we asked David Marks, our Practice Manager about his passions outside of work.
My primary interest in life is understanding the world around me by constantly absorbing ideas and images about the situations presented to me. This makes me quite flexible and able to adapt well to a wide range of tasks. By being quite rational and logical in reaching conclusions and combining that with being quite resourceful when solving problems, I can find solutions others might not consider. While at work I am a conversationalist, and enjoy verbal sparring with others. Debating issues is something I enjoy. While out of work I am much quieter and like time to myself. We live in a world of possibilities, and it’s easy to become excited about concepts, challenges and difficulties. When presented with a problem, I’m generally good at improvising and quickly come up with a creative solution.
My background takes in animal husbandry, purchasing, retail, hospitality and for the last 10 years veterinary, working as a qualified nurse and practice manager. I have over
20 years in management roles doing everything from running lodges in Africa to working as a business support manager for several UK based veterinary practices.
I have always been a bit animal crazy and have had many pets over the years. These days that is limited to a cat called Archie, a dog called Merlin, about twenty birds and some fish.
My love of animals took me into what was once deepest darkest Africa where I was fortunate enough to work in some of the greatest places on earth for seeing exotic animals. I helped run several projects across southern Africa and had the pleasure of doing conservation work with leopards, cheetahs, desert adapted elephants and wild dogs. While in the UK I was also lucky enough to work as the lion keeper and Elephant keeper at Woburn Safari Park and again on my return from Africa I helped set up and run the first luxury Tented Safari camp in Europe at Port Lympne Zoo where clients stayed in tents inside the park and woke up to giraffes and black rhino visible from their tents.
Scarsdale Vets are at a very exciting stage in our development where as a business we are hoping to grow and become the benchmark that other practices try to emulate. I am looking forward to being able to take part in this growth and hopefully help steer us towards our shared goals. For me watching the teams around me grow and develop will be extremely rewarding as there is nothing more satisfying than seeing people exceed their own expectations and realise their potential.