Department: Clinical Science and Services
Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory
Peter has worked as a farrier at the Royal Veterinary College for more than 20 years. Peter is the inventor of the hoof support patch for the prevention and treatment of collapsed heels in horses. Peter is currently studying towards his Grad Dip ELR
Peter is a practical farrier who runs his own business and has been working at the Royal Veterinary College for more than 20 years on a part-time basis.
Peter has a keen interest in farriery related research. He is the inventor of the hoof support patch for the prevention and treatment of collapsed heels in horses. He has investigated the effect of the patches on blood flow in the equine hoof and on hoof deformation and is currently conducting a clinical trial to investigate their effectiveness in clinical circumstances. He is also a collaborator in a series of projects in the field of locomotor biomechanics in the horse working closely with other members of the Structure and Motion Lab and the Equine Hospital.
MCGUIGAN, M. P., WALSH, T. C., PARDOE, C. H., DAY, P. S. & WILSON, A. M. (2005) Deep digital flexor tendon force and digital mechanics in normal ponies and ponies with rotation of the distal phalanx as a sequel to laminitis. Equine Vet J 37, 161-165. PubMed ID 15779630
DAY, P.S., WALSH, T.C., ROWE, L., MCGUIGAN, M.P. AND WILSON, A.M. (2001) Force in the deep digital flexor tendon in normal ponies and ponies with chronic founder, BEVA, Annual Congress, Harrogate, UK , pp 199-200
DAY, P., MCGUIGAN, P., WELLER, R., MAY, S. AND WILSON, A. (2003) “A structural approach to treating collapsed heels”, BEVA, Annual Congress, Birmingham, UK, pp 304-305
In addition to didactic and rotational teaching in farriery, Pete is also organising a series of farriery related lectures inviting specialists as guest lecturers. Pete has developed a series of clinical skills stations for students to practice day 1 skills, such as shoe removal or paring out a foot abscess. He is organising and teaching on farriery related CPD courses, e.g. functional anatomy for farriers and radiography for farriers. iN 2010 Peter was awarded the James Bee educator award .