Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology, CPCS (Research Programme)

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Orthopaedics

Research Centres: RVC Quantitative Biology Resource, Clinical Investigation Centre

Dr Pead's time is split between teaching, research, and the referral practice of the Queen Mothers Hospital for Animals. He is currently the RVC Academic director of professional assessement and developement, and Director of the clinical skills centre.


Prior to his current posts at the RVC Dr Pead has been the head of the Small Animal Medicine and Surgery group and head of Small animal orthopaedics. He has also worked at the RVC Beaumont Animals' Hospital, Glasgow Veterinary School and in general practice. In the research field he has been active in research into the physiology of bone and the mechanism of bone disease in both humans and animals.

Dr Pead is a trustee of Battersea Dog and Cats home, and the AO UK educational foundation.  Dr. Pead is the current Chairman of the AO VET UK educational foundation for learning in orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Pead's research interests include osteosarcoma, fracture repair, osteoporosis, osteochondrosis and fundamental mechanisms in bone physiology.  His current focus is in a biological joint implant that engenders the synthesis of hyaline cartilage to repair damaged areas of the joint.

Dr. Pead's latest publication list can be found at:

Some examples of his pulications are:

Matthew J. Pead. Assessment: Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty? Evolution of Final Examinations at the Royal Veterinary College. J Vet Med Educ, December 2008; 35: 607 - 611.

De La Puerta B, Emmerson T, Moores AP, Pead MJ. Epoxy putty external skeletal fixation for fractures of the four main metacarpal and metatarsal bones in cats and dogs. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2008;21(5):451-6. PubMed ID 19011710.

Birgit Pirkelbauer, Matthew Pead, Paul Probyn, and Stephen A. May. LIVE: The Creation of an Academy for Veterinary Education. J Vet Med Educ, December 2008; 35: 567 - 572.

Dr Pead is interested in novel methods of teaching and learning and has been involved in all aspects of curriculum design and creation of learning opportunities. He is particulalry interested in the creation and delivery of soundly based, outcome driven assessment methods.

Dr. Pead is particularly interested in fracture repair, arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement surgery. Despite a particular interest in small animal orthopaedics and rheumatology Dr. Pead enjoys working in neurosurgery and soft tissue surgery especially in the out of hours service, and is happy to assist colleagues in farm, equine and exotic practice when orthopaedic skills are called on.

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