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Prof Roger Smith

Roger Smith
  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • Year of Fellowship: 2016
  • Route to Fellowship: Meritorious Contributions to Knowledge

Field of work

Veterinary schools

Areas of special interest

  • Orthopaedics
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Tendon and ligaments

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Innovation in professional practice
  • International issues
  • One Health Agenda
  • Professional mentoring
  • Promoting knowledge and best practice
  • Public engagement
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College
  • Currently Junior Vice President of the British Equine Veterinary Association (2022)


  • 60 faces of the British Equine Veterinary Association (2021)
  • Veterinary Investigator Award, British Society for Matrix Biology (April 2000)
  • ECVS Residents Forum - Best Research Presentation (June 1997)


Roger Smith is Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK. He qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University in 1987, having obtained a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming. After 2 years in practice, he completed a 3 year Residency in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. Following his residency, he undertook a 3 year research project culminating in the award of a PhD for his studies on the extracellular matrix of equine tendon. He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery before his appointment as Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. He holds the RCVS Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics and is a RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the ECVS and ECVSMR, and is also a Large Animal Imaging Associate of the ECVDI. In 2016, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contribution to knowledge and was elected to president of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2017. He divides his time between providing a specialist orthopaedic referral service at the Royal Veterinary College, involving lameness diagnostics, imaging and orthopaedic surgery, and continuing to direct research into understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease and stem cell therapy for tendons in both horses and humans.

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