Roger Smith is currently Professor of Equine Orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College. He qualified from Cambridge University in 1987 with a First and a Full Blue in swimming. After 2 years in practice, he became a Resident in Equine Studies at the RVC and subsequently undertook a PhD on equine tendons. He remained at the RVC and was appointed Professor in December 2003. He holds the Diploma of Equine Orthopaedics and is a Diplomate of the ECVS, Large Animal Associate of the ECVDI, and an RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery. He currently divides his time between seeing referral orthopaedic cases and directing research into equine tendon disease.