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Photo of Hall of Fame Horse StatueThe Equine Research Hall of Fame — Leo B. Jeffcott


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Leo B. Jeffcott
The illustrious career of Dr. Leo B. Jeffcott is marked by his commitment and major contributions to applied research on a wide range of diseases of the horse. With Dr. Peter D. Rossdale (inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990), Dr. Jeffcott studied various aspects of equine parturition, and conducted patho-physiological studies on premature foals. He has also studied conditions of the vertebral column and lameness in horses, working to establish a protocol for examination of horses with back problems.
Inducted November 1991.

Dr. Jeffcott was born in Tiverton, Devon, England, and received his B.Vet.Med degree in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of London. He then attained his F.R.C.V.S. from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, London, and a D.V.Sc. from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Jeffcott began his career in 1967 as an assistant pathologist at the Equine Research Station in Newmarket, England, eventually serving as head of the Clinical Department there from 1977 through 1982. He then spent a year as a visiting professor in clinical radiology at the Veterinary College, Uppsala, Sweden. In 1983, he emigrated to Australia to join the staff of the University of Melbourne and became Director of the Veterinary Clinic and Hospital in 1985. He returned to England in 1991 to the University of Cambridge as a professor of Clinical Veterinary Studies.

Dr. Jeffcott’s interest in disorders of the equine spine led him to specific studies on bone metabolism in an effort to learn more about bone density and strength in vivo and their relationship to performance, lameness and metabolic bone problems. In 1983, he established an Equine Clinical Research Unit at Melbourne where research is conducted on equine reproductive biology, and lipid and bone metabolism. He has published more than 190 scientific articles and, with Richard Archer, co-authored “Comparative Clinical Haematology.”

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