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.