Dr. Leigh de Clifford

Dr. Leigh de Clifford

Horse Health

Born and raised on a large farm Western Victoria, Australia, Leigh has been exposed to horses from a young age. He attended Massey University and majored in equine studies in his final year. After graduation Leigh worked at Ballarat Veterinary Practice, in Australia, a specialist equine referral clinic for 3 years.

After this time he then moved to the UK to become the private veterinarian for Qatar Bloodstock’s Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation, foaling down over 200 mares annually and managing a racing team of over 70 horses.

He joined Matamata Veterinary Services Equine Hospital, where he has been for 5 years. His professional interests include sports medicine and exercise physiology, which encompasses aspects of lameness diagnostics and management, cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal disease, pre-purchase examinations, and training systems to maximise athletic potential, whilst reducing chance of disease development. He has obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and a Masters of Science from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Leigh has published several journal articles on a range of topics including osteoarthritis, bisphosphonate use in athletic horses, tendon and ligament injury management and prevention, managing the new-born foal, and is involved in several ongoing research projects looking into novel therapies for osteoarthritis management, gastric ulceration prevention and treatment, and radiological changes in juvenile racehorses. He runs a rehabilitation centre with his wife, a professional dressage rider, providing services for horses with all manner of ailments, including tendon/ligament injury, post-arthroscopy management, management of foals after having corrective surgery to straighten legs, respiratory tract operations and wound management.

Education Sessions

A review of the latest technology and treatments available for your horse

1.30pm - 2.15pm Saturday, 23rd November | Classroom 2

This presentation will aim to provide information that is easily understood in regards to the latest technology and treatments available to horse owners from the equine veterinary industry. It will cover a broad range of areas such as general maintenance, lameness, medicine and reproduction.

Management of the young horse to maximise future athletic potential

10.15am - 11.00am Sunday, 24th November | Classroom 2

This presentation will aim to inform the participants on all aspects of management that can have implications on future performance. This will cover nutrition, limb deformities, general management, conformation manipulation and its effect on development of disease, and screening radiographs to detect and then manage osseous problems before they cause disease.