On 8th September, Peter Rossdale celebrated his 90th birthday and the practice marked this special occasion with a party held at the home of Managing Partner Mike Shepherd last month. This was well attended by many Rossdales vets, staff and their families. Guests included a number of colleagues who had worked with Peter during the early years of Rossdales and helped to establish the practice as the world leader it has become today.
Peter graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1948 and became a member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) after graduating from the Royal Veterinary College in 1952. He has been part of the Newmarket community for nearly six decades, having set up his own practice here in 1959. Joined by other pioneering veterinary surgeons, the practice became known as Rossdale & Partners and is now the largest equine practice in the UK and Europe.
During his distinguished career, he has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Berne, Edinburgh and Sydney, a fellowship from the RCVS and an OBE for his services to equine veterinary science.
Peter’s career has been notable for his devotion to research and his pioneering work in managing the health of mares during pregnancy (in utero and early development of the foal) and immediately after foaling - known as equine perinatology, this was a field about which very little was known at the time.
Peter retired from regular practice in 2004 but remains a consultant at Rossdales, where he still has an office and is often seen around the practice. He is still involved in research and his contributions to scientific research have been widely published. He was also Editor at the Equine Veterinary Journal for 30 years from 1980.
Everyone at Rossdales wishes Peter a very happy 90th birthday year and many more to come.
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