Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

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John Burford

Professor of Equine Surgery, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


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    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    LE12 5RD
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John obtained his veterinary degree from Cambridge University in 2001, and was subsequently awarded an MA in biological anthropology in 2002. His first position was as an intern at the Royal Veterinary College which was completed in 2003. He then took up a PhD scholarship in orthopaedic biology at the same institution, although latterly this work was completed at the University of Sheffield. Following his PhD he was awarded a residency position in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and Medical Statistics at the University of Liverpool which was completed in 2009 followed by a short period working in the equine hospital and first-opinion practice as a staff clinician. John took up the post of Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the University of Nottingham in January 2010 and became a Professor in 2023.

Expertise Summary

John is an RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery, and provides a clinical role to the clinical associate practices of the University, in particular the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray. He was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016, and remains one of the youngest holders of this distinction.

Research Summary

Currently my main areas of research focus on colic (gastrointestinal pain) in horses and the socioeconomic role of working equids in developing countries.

Recent Publications

Physical and Mathematical Veterinary Medicine

The University of Nottingham
School of Veterinary Medicine and Science
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