Charlie qualified in 1976, and returned to his native island to join his father at David Place Veterinary Hospital in 1979, becoming a Partner in 1982. He is a highly accomplished and respected horse vet and his enthusiasm for equine veterinary work inspired him to study for an extra qualification in equine medicine. This was achieved in 2012, when Charlie was the first vet on Jersey to attain the general Practitioner Certificate in Equine Studies.
Charlie has been deeply involved in the local race club for many years, not only having joint-owned several racehorses (with varying levels of success), but also actively helping at many of the race meetings each year. Charlie is also presently Vice President and a Senior Steward of the Channel Islands Race Club.
Not content to look after just the horses of the Island, Charlie is also is the current President of the Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the Honorary Vet for Jersey Cat Club. Charlie has also attained national recognition, when in 2008, he was elected by his peers to sit on the council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (the profession’s governing authority) allowing him to influence the direction of the UK veterinary profession. More recently, Charlie has gained a role on the Disciplinary Committee, reviewing the conduct of other vets.
Charlie lives with his wife Gina at Champ Claire, home to our dedicated equine facility.