Dr Carter graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 1987. Upon graduating he worked as a small animal veterinarian in Adelaide before travelling to the United Kingdom. After a residency at the University of Edinburgh he became a Diplomat of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in Veterinary dermatology. Dr Carter has operated a referral Dermatology service in Adelaide Australia for the last 16 years. His practice consists primarily of dogs and cats with the occasional exotic animal. Ear cases make up around 25% of his case load.