David Spillane FIAT, RAn Tech
David was an animal technologist for 20 years, gaining his Fellowship in 1982 and is proud of being awarded the Doug Short Memorial Prize for Best Candidate.
Starting his career in Contract Research, David worked with all the common lab species plus some of the more exotic varieties. Starting out in the Dog Unit he progressed to managing the Inhalation Facility before moving to take charge of the main rodent facilities with 6 separate barrier units.
In 1983 he took a career move to oversee the building and staffing of Roma Toxicology Centre. David is proud of the working practices and welfare improvements he and his team brought to the Italian facility and to laying quality foundations for future high standards of animal care.
In 1986 David set up his first company supplying many of the quality products that Europe could offer, always with a view to providing improved standards of housing for laboratory animals.
David set up Tecniplast UK in 1997 and was the drive behind Tecniplast manufacturing IVCs, as he was keen to bring about the welfare benefits the closed cage concept gives. His experience managing small rodent colonies was a real driver for him to contribute to improving animal health.
David has held many posts with his local IAT Branch and is currently President of Hunts, Norfolk and Suffolk branch. He is a keen supporter of the IAT and ASET. He is a firm believer that education is the one most important fundamental factor that underpins our Industry.