David Argyle graduated from the University of Glasgow. After a period in practice he returned to Glasgow to complete a PhD in Oncology/Immunology. He was senior lecturer in clinical oncology at Glasgow until 2002 when he became head of veterinary oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. In 2005 he returned to Edinburgh University to the William Dick Chair of Veterinary Clinical Studies. In 2009 he became the dean for postgraduate research and international for both medicine and veterinary medicine. In 2011 he was appointed as Head of School and Dean for the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. He in an RCVS/European specialist in Veterinary Oncology, Diplomat of the European College of Internal Medicine in Oncology and co-scientific editor of the Journal of Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. His major research interests are cancer and stem cell biology.