The Liora Team
Scientific Advisory Board(S.A.B.) Member 


Roger Smith is a Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.  Qualified as a veterinary surgeon from Cambridge University (UK) in 1987, obtaining a First for his undergraduate degree and a Cambridge Blue at swimming.  After two years in practice, Roger returned to academia to undertake further clinical training as a Resident in Equine Studies at the Royal Veterinary College. 

Following his residency, Roger undertook a three-year research project the brought him a culmination in the award of a Ph.D. for his studies on the extracellular matrix of the equine tendon. He remained at the Royal Veterinary College, first as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery, then as Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery, before he was appointed Professor in Equine Orthopaedics in December 2003. Holding a Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Surgery. 

  Roger is a Diplomate of the European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. In addition, he is a Large Animal Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. 

  In 2016, he was awarded the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Fellowship for meritorious contribution to knowledge and was elected president of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in July 2017. 

He divides his time between running a specialist orthopedic referral service within the Royal Veterinary College, where he is involved in lameness diagnostics, imaging, and orthopedic surgery while continuing to direct research into equine tendon disease. 

His principal research interests are understanding the pathogenesis of tendon disease, diagnostics for tendon and ligament disease, and stem therapies for tendons in both horses and humans. 

He is married to a medical doctor and has two sons.