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Dr David Platt
BVSc, CVR, PhD, DEO, FRCVS. Consultant in Equine Orthopaedics


David qualified in 1985 from Liverpool University before moving to Cambridge University Vet School as a Registrar for five years. During this period David also worked as a visiting clinician in the equine departments at the Universities of Colorado, California and Florida in USA. In 1990 he moved to the world famous Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London, where he undertook three years of research into equine joint disease and was awarded a PhD for his contribution on understanding the mechanisms of arthritis.


David joined the Equine Department of the Royal Veterinary College in 1993, where he was employed in the large animal surgery department. He achieved his Equine Orthopaedics Consultancy status when he was awarded his Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics (DEO). 


In 1994 he was made a Fellow of the RCVS for his scientific contributions to equine joint disease, and then, in 1998, he left academia for specialist equine private practice. David has devoted his working career to diagnosing, and effectively treating, competitive sport horse problems.


“I find it surprising”, says David, “how many riders and owners still underestimate the significance of subtle orthopaedic and medical problems as a cause of the poor performance in their ponies and horses. Identifying and resolving these problems can be absolutely transformational. Effective diagnosis and treatment in the yard is cost effective and can allow horse/pony to achieve their full potential.” 


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