If your aardvark is having an existential crisis, you've come to the right place. I used to be a veterinary surgeon but escaped with the remains of my sanity and became a philosopher. This means I am paid to get up late and think a bit - Sweet!
I completed a degree in Veterinary Science at Bristol University in 1990 and worked in mixed veterinary practice in England for three years. During this time I learned to operate on tigers, to patch up poorly skunks, to comfort ailing camels, and to autopsy fruit bats. I also learned to get up at odd hours of the night and to sound authoritative on matters about which I knew nothing. Eventually, I realized that this last skill has been the basis for many a glittering career in philosophy, so I set about the task with an MA in applied ethics from the University of Hull and an MLitt from Bristol. In 1996 I headed over the pond for my PhD in philosophy at Stanford University, completed in 2002. Two years of Greenwall Fellowship in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins followed. I am now an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Delaware.
Though employed in the State of Delaware (more of a franchise than a state really), I live in Philadelphia with the artist, Talia Greene and our son, Amit. Living in Philly enables me to maximize both commute and tax burden.