Martin qualified from The University of Bristol in 1990 and worked in Devon and Surrey before coming to The Barn in 1994. In 1999 Martin was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Certificate in Equine Practice (CertEP) and has been RCVS Examiner in this subject. In 2007 Martin was awarded a RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery with an orthopaedic designation CertEP(Orth).
Martin has over thirty years’ experience of horse care, breeding and competitive riding. During his time at University summer vacations saw him instructing both here and in the USA. Martin is a committee member and Welfare Officer at New Forest Polo Club and takes a keen interest in horseracing. He is Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Salisbury Racecourse and officiates at several point to point courses.
Martin’s areas of special professional interest include vettings and lameness in horses including orthopaedic and wound surgery, which he carries out for the practice and for referring veterinary surgeons. He has recently been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Surgery as well as Equine Practice. Arthroscopic or ‘keyhole’ joint surgery forms a significant part of the surgical caseload. Martin is also involved in thoroughbred and sports horse studwork including chilled and frozen artificial insemination.
Martin is a past president of the Southern Counties Veterinary Society, a member of the RCVS Riding Establishments Inspectorate, an Official Measurer of the Joint Measurement Board and on the RCVS Equine Board. He has acted as an expert witness in several cases for clients of the practice and for the RCVS professional conduct department.
Hobbies include steeple chasing and skiing. Martin is married to Kathryn who is a farm animal vet and they have a small farming business they run together.