Stephen May received his veterinary degree from Cambridge in 1980. After spending time as large animal house surgeon at Liverpool and in general practice, he undertook further training in equine surgery and diagnostic imaging, at Liverpool, subsequently gaining Diplomas in Veterinary Radiology and Equine Orthopaedics. He then studied for a PhD on “Mediators of Equine Joint Disease”at the Royal Veterinary College in London, followed by a return to Liverpool as Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics. He has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for meritorious contributions to learning in his specialist fields.
Stephen joined the Royal Veterinary College as Professor of Equine Medicine and Surgery in 1993 to expand equine clinical services and research. In 2000, he became the College’s Vice-Principal for Teaching, and he is now Deputy Principal. He is on the Council of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, a member of the European Coordinating Committee for Veterinary Training, a past President of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Senior Vice President of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on equine matters and veterinary education and training, as well as writing numerous book chapters.