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For Equine Vets Everywhere

Peter Rossdale

OBE, MA, PhD, Drmedvet(hcBerne), DVMS(hc Edinburgh), DVSc(hc Sydney), FACVSc, DESM, FRCVS

Dr Peter Rossdale was awarded a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University in 1948. He then graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1952. He entered general practice in Rye, Sussex; and subsequently served in equine practice from 1954, setting up his own practice in Newmarket in 1959. In the following years he was joined by other pioneering veterinary surgeons and together formed the foundations of Rossdale & Partners, now world-renowned as Rossdales LLP, the largest equine practice in the UK and Europe. Dr Rossdale retired from the Practice in 2004.

He obtained an FRCVS by thesis in 1967 and, in 1985, a PhD from Cambridge University on the basis of published papers in the peer reviewed literature. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Berne, Edinburgh and Sydney.

Dr Rossdale served for various periods on the scientific advisory boards of the Wellcome Trust, the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the Animal Health Trust; and was editor of Equine Veterinary Journal from 1980 to 2010 and editor-in-chief of Equine Veterinary Education for the first 20 years of its publication from 1986.


Watch Peter Rossdales interview as part of the 60th birthday celebrations for Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons.

Peter Rossdale in 1962 at Cheveley Park Stud, nursing a sick foal

Peter received Royal Veterinary College Fellowship in July 2010

Peter received the BEVA Equine Welfare Award in 2018