Dr Patrick Pollock

Director of the Equine Hospital


After qualifying from the university of Glasgow in 1998, I worked in mixed general practice in North East Scotland before moving to Ireland to undertake an internship and then residency in Large Animal Surgery at University College Dublin (UCD). After my residency I worked as College Lecturer in Equine Surgery at UCD for several years before moving to Denmark to the University of Copenhagen. I have since worked in private and academic practice and after 11 years at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital in Glasgow, I have recently taken up the position of Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh.

I am a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a European and RCVS recognized specialist in equine surgery.

I am involved with a number of projects around the world with working equidae, including training vets and equid owners in resource limited settings. My clinical and research interests include equine poor performance, the upper airway, ophthalmic surgery, trauma and wound healing and I have been instrumental in the development and validation of the technique of overground endoscopy. Although I am principally a surgeon, I have a range of experience with exotic, zoo animals and wildlife, and served as a trustee and veterinary director of the Irish Seal for many years. In addition to this I am a keen Bee Keeper and introduced the teaching of Bee husbandry and disease to the undergraduate veterinary curriculum.


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS)

Doctor of Philosopy (PhD)

Diploma of the Euopean College of Veterinary Surgeons (DipECVS)

Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery (Cert(ES)Soft Tissue)

Post graduate certificate in Academic practice (PGCAP)

Fellowhip of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional Qualifications

2000 - Diploma European College of Veterinary Surgeons, DipECVS

2000 - Certificate in Equine Surgery, CertES(Soft Tissue)


Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Equine general surgery

Minimally invasive surgery

Standing surgery


Equine and large animal surgery

General surgery

Global equine veterinary medicine/working equidae

Wounds and wound healing

Bee husbandry and medicine

Equine and Large animal rescue

Research summary

Wound healing in horses and other species. Poor perforance in horses. The structure and function of the equine airway. Acute phase proteins.

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