Professor Derek Knottenbelt
Professor Derek Knottenbelt qualified from Edinburgh in 1970 and spent the first years as a research veterinarian in Zimbabwe. Thereafter, he spent 12 years in mixed and equine practice before turning to the academic world at Liverpool where he specialised in equine internal medicine. He retired from his personal Chair in Equine Internal Medicine Liverpool in 2010 and then acted as a Consultant to the Weiper’s Equine Centre, University of Glasgow up to January 2019.
He is a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is Director of Equine Medical Solutions Ltd and through this provides an advisory service in equine oncology. He is the primary author of 10 recognised text books and over 90 refereed scientific papers. He has been awarded honorary life membership of ECEIM, BEVA, VWHA and ACVIM. He received the Animal Health Trust Scientific Award in 2003, the BEVA (Blue Cross) Welfare award in 2004 and the Merk -WEVA Welfare Award in 2006. In 2005 he was appointed OBE by the Queen for his services to equine medicine.
He has published widely on a range of topics and maintains an interest in equine Internal medicine and oncology in particular. Through Equine Medical Solutions Ltd he offers a consultancy service in equine oncology and other challenging clinical conditions for veterinarians worldwide. His main interests are in oncology, ophthalmology, wound management and dermatology. He is actively involved in animal and human charity work both in UK and abroad.
He is a founder member of the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ team who champion the cause of the working equid as well as other welfare and humanitarian charities and raise money for Charity through provision of high quality CPD to vets and horse owners.