David Simper, Operations Manager at Veterinary Specialist Services

Mr David Simper

Operations Manager

After completing Associate Diplomas in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at the Canberra Institute of Technology, David began his career in Naval Engineering for the Department of Defence. David pioneered the use of 3D modeling, engineering simulation and 3D animation to support Navy design and acquisition projects which lead to David forming and leading the Computer Modelling Group for over ten years.

During this period David was invited to join a NATO working group, tasked to validate the use of 3D modelling and simulation to support Navy Ship Design. David was part of this group for almost 7 years, contributing to a number of studies and meetings conducted in many cities across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Italy.

After 20 years in the Department of Defence, David transitioned to the private sector - primarily in the engineering industry where he introduced the use of engineering simulation and 3D animation to support training activities across various industries. This led to further innovation in the space where David adopted 3D gaming technologies to produce and present realistic training scenarios to new employees. During this period of David's career he became well known in the simulation training fraternity.

Following 5 years in the simulation and training sector, David transitioned to Operations Management roles. David's well-developed management and leadership skills; along with his excellent communication and problem-solving abilities allowed David to easily adapt to various roles in Operations and Change Management and in 2015, David joined VSS.

In a relatively short timeframe, David has successfully implemented change across all facets of the VSS business including systems relating to: business, computer networks, telecommunications and operations.

David has been responsible for the development, coordination and growth of the VSS Annual Conference which boasts a world-class program and; the Annual Gala Ball. These have become important events for the Veterinary industry within the region and regularly attract over 300 delegates to both.

David is married to Ali and has two adult children - Ellen and Ben. The family has two cats - Pippa (Tortoiseshell) and Louie (British Shorthair)... they don't get along.

In David's spare time he enjoys cruising the Gold Coast waterways with family and friends on his pontoon boat.