It was with great shock and sadness that I heard of Dave’s death. I first met Dave at the RVC 34 yrs ago when he was a student and he always stood out as someone who would make his mark on the profession, and he surely did that. Through the years we would meet from time to time, mainly to liaise about mental health issues in UK vet and vet nursing professions. He was always so warm, friendly and helpful, offering some guidance with my dissertation about veterinary suicide. You couldn’t find anyone with more empathy than Dave and he will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.