Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Orthopaedics

Richard is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist, and European Specialist in Surgery. His current post is Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.

Richard trained as a vet at Cambridge University Veterinary School, in addition to having completed an intercalated degree in immunology and cellular genetic pathology at the Department of Pathology, Cambridge. He has since undertaken a rotating internship and an ECVS residency in surgery at the Royal Veterinary College. During that time, he also completed a clinical masters degree (MVetMed), which was awarded with distinction. Richard is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a board certified European Specialist in Surgery and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist. He is currently a Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery in the department of Veterinary Clinical Science, and undertakes clinical work in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Royal Veterinary College. 

Richard’s interests lie in both clinical and basic research. During his intercalated degree he was involved in research into the immunological basis of reactive arthritis and in 2006 he spent time at Cornell University Veterinary School studying canine chondrocyte cellular signalling pathways involved in arthritis. Richard has had grants from BVOA, PetPlan and the MRC, and is currently involved in collaborative translational research with Prof. Pitsillides group, looking at how the function of bone cells (osteoblasts) can affect how well a joint replace integrates. Richard is also undertaking research in biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine with Prof Gordon Blunn, at the Institute of Orthopaedics, UCL. Richard has experience in implant biomechanics having evaluated different pancarpal arthrodesis plates in addition to following their clinical outcomes. Clinically, Richard has a particular interest in feline trauma, the use of novel implants in traumatology and the potential use of regenerative medicine in orthopaedics. He is involved with the VetCompass research group (The Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System) which is a not-for-profit research project prioritising companion animal welfare, looking at the epidemiology of companion animal conditions presenting in veterinary primary care. Richard is also interested in understanding and reduction of complications and the role of antibiotic usage in the development of resistance.

Richard is currently the Scientific Chair at the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association. In this role he oversees the research grants awarded and also has input on all scientific output and review of clinical research abstracts. 

 

How to Make Internal Fixation Work with Limited Bone Stock. Meeson RL. In Practice. In press. 

Combined physeal fractures of the distal radius and ulna: complications associated with K-wire fixation and long-term prognosis in six cats. Brioschi V, Langley-Hobbs SJ, Kerwin S, Meeson RL, Radke H. JFMS, In Press.

Short and long-term outcome following surgical stabilization of tarsocrural instability in dogs.
Beever LJ, Kulendra ER, Meeson RL. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2016 Mar 18;29(2):142-8. doi: 10.3415/VCOT-15-05-0083. Epub 2016 Feb 5.

Management and long-term outcome of pelvic fractures: a retrospective study of 43 cats. Meeson RL, Geddes AT. J Feline Med Surg. 2015 Oct 7. pii: 1098612X15606958.

Angiostrongylus vasorum Causing Severe Granulomatous Hepatitis with Concurrent Multiple Acquired PSS. Cook S, Priestnall SL, Blake D, Meeson RL. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2015 Sep-Oct;51(5):320-4. doi: 10.5326/JAAHA-MS-6210.

Clinical Comparison of the Hybrid Dynamic Compression Plate and the Castless Plate for Pancarpal Arthrodesis in 219 Dogs. PC. Bristow, RL. Meeson, RM. Thorne, SJ. Butterworth, DS. Rutherford, AIC. Renwick, B Wustefeld-Janssens, PGK. Witte, S Woods, KJ. Parsons, J. Keeley, MR. Owen, A. Li, GI. Arthurs. Vet Surg. 2014 Apr 7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12183.x

A Biomechanical Evaluation of a Hybrid Dynamic Compression Plate and a CastLess Arthrodesis Plate for Pancarpal Arthrodesis in Dogs. Meeson RL, Goodship AE, Arthurs GI. Vet Surg. 2012 May 29. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.00985.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Management of Pelvic Trauma Neurological damage, urinary tract disruption and pelvic fractures. Meeson R & Corr S. Clinical Review, J Feline Med Surg. 2011 May;13(5):347-61.

Soft-tissue injuries associated with cast application for distal limb orthopaedic conditions. A retrospective study of sixty dogs and cats. Meeson RL, Davidson C, Arthurs GI. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2011;24(2):126-31 Jan 11.

Feline ilial fractures: a prospective study of dorsal plating and comparison with lateral plating. Langley-Hobbs SJ, Meeson RL, Hamilton MH, Radke H, Lee K. Vet Surg. 2009 Apr;38(3):334-42.

Peer reviewed Abstracts:?

Patellar luxation in dogs attending primary-care practice in England. Dan G. O’Neill, Richard L. Meeson, Adam Sheridan, David B. Church, Dave C. Brodbelt BSAVA Congress Clinical Research Abstracts 2016

A retrospective review of postoperative complications associated with external skeletal fixation in dogs and cats.  Lee Beever, Kirsty Giles, Richard L Meeson BSAVA Congress Clinical Research Abstracts 2016

Spontaneous Septic Arthritis of the Elbow. Ben Mielke, Richard L Meeson BVOA Scientific Meeting October 2015

 

Consistent under-advancement in Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery. Corah L, Meeson RL. BSAVA Congress 2015

Outcome following surgical stabilisation of tarsocrural instability in dogs. Beever L, Kulendra E, Meeson RL. Congress 2015

Canine traumatic elbow luxation: a multi-centre retrospective review of luxation with long term follow up function scoring. David Sajik, Richard Meeson, Nicola Kulendra, Dan James, Ignacio Calvo, Chris Jordan, Elvin Kulendra. BVOA Autumn Scientific Meeting Proceedings 2014

Combined physeal fractures of the distal radius and ulna: complications associated with K-wire fixation and long-term prognosis in six cats. Brioschi V, Langley-Hobbs SJ, Kerwin S, Meeson RL, Radke H. BVOA Spring Scientific Meeting Proceedings 2014

A retrospective overview of 261 cases of Pancarpal Arthrodesis in the dog, including comparison of castless versus non castless plates. PC. Bristow, RL. Meeson, RM. Thorne, SJ. Butterworth, DS. Rutherford, AIC. Renwick, B Wustefeld-Janssens, PGK. Witte, S Woods, KJ. Parsons, J. Keeley, MR. Owen, A. Li, GI. Arthurs. BSAVA Congress Proceedings 2012.

Mechanical Comparison of two types of pancarpal arthrodesis plates. Meeson RL, Goodship AE, Arthurs GI. BVOA Spring Scientific Meeting Proceedings 2011.
The Effect of In Vitro Dilution on Plasma Coagulation as Assessed by

Thromboelastography, Helsinki 2010. Meeson RL, Harrington K, Wilkinson M, Goggs R, Chan D, Baines SJ. ECVS 19th Annual Scientific Meeting Proceedings.

Cast Associated Soft-Tissue Injuries. Meeson RL, Davidson C, Arthurs GI. BSAVA Congress Proceedings 2010.

Dorsal Plating of Feline iliac Fractures: A prospective of 10 Cats. Meeson RL, Langley-Hobbs SJ, Hamilton MH, Radke H, Lee K. BSAVA Congress Proceedings 2008.
 

Richard is involved with the teaching of clinical orthopaedics to final year clinical students on their clinical rotations. Additionally he is also actively involved in training and supervision post-graduate veterinarians undertaking specialist training. He has recently completed a postgradute certificate in higher education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has a particular interest in developing the teaching of antibiotic therapy to students. He lectures on the BVetMed course in the Principles of Sciene Course, and the Surgery Elective Module and was module leader for the Graduate Diploma surgical nursing distance course. Richard delivers CPD nationally and has spoken on a range of topics at national and internaltion meetings. Richard is currently a committee member for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), Education committee, which develops policy and direction for delivery of post-graduate education to clinical vets in the UK.

Richard has worked in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, RVC since 2007. He is interested in all aspects of veterinary orthopaedics and has particular interest in feline traumatology. He is a Biomedtrix joint replacement certified surgeon and takes an active role in the joint replacement programme offered at the RVC. 

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