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Mr John Houlton

John Houlton
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Year of Fellowship: 2017
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to the Profession

Areas of special interest

  • orthopaedic surgery

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • International issues
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement

Professional positions

  • Member of the BVA/KC Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Panels.
  • Chair of the ECVS Recertification Committee.


  • BSAVA Simon Award for outstanding contributions to Veterinary Surgery in 1985.
  • British Horse Trials Award in 1998.


John Houlton graduated from the University of Cambridge and has worked in first opinion practice, referral small animal practice, at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, University of Cambridge as University Surgeon and as a Claims Consultant for the Veterinary Defence Society. He is now semi-retired with a strong interest in working gundogs, especially Labradors.

He has RCVS post graduate diplomas in veterinary radiology and small animal orthopaedics and is an ECVS Diplomate in Small Animal Surgery.

He is past Chairman of BVOA and Past President of A/O Vet, ESVOT and ECVS and an honorary member of the BVOA and BVNA.

He was Chief Scrutineer of the BVA/KC Hip and Elbow Dysplasia schemes from 2000-2006.

He has spoken at many international meetings, is co-author of five veterinary textbooks and has published widely in refereed journals.

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