Dave trained in adult nursing at the University of Dundee, achieving his registration in 2005. Since then, he has built a career within the fields of infectious diseases, sexual health and blood-borne viruses. In 2014 he developed his interest in health research by undertaking a PhD, successfully completing this three years later. He joined the School of Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University in 2017, and lectures on the undergraduate nursing programme. He is also deputy-programme lead for the Graduate Certificate in Sexual and Reproductive Health.