Department: Clinical Science and Services
Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology
Clinical Groups: Small Animal Orthopaedics
Richard is Head of Orthopaedics and Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and European Specialist in Surgery, and is a Fellow of the Royal Collge of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS), in recognition of his meritorious contributions to clinical practice.
Richard trained as a vet at Cambridge University Veterinary School. Whilst at Cambridge he also intercalated a degree in immunology from the Department of Pathology, Cambridge. He has since undertaken an internship and ECVS residency in surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, during which he was awarded a clinical masters degree with distinction (MVetMed). Richard became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and a board certified European Specialist in Surgery in 2012 and is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist. Richard also has a PhD in stem cell/regenerative medicine.
In 2020 Richard was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (FRCVS). This is the highest level of membership of the college and is made in recognition of outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession, in his case for clincial practice.
Richard is currently Head of Orthopaedics and Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery in the department of Clinical Sciences and Services, and undertakes clinical work in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.
Richard’s interests lie in both clinical and basic research. He is actively involved in clinical research to improve and undersand outcomes from orthopaedic surgery, as well as being involved in basic and translational research. Richard is one of a handful of vets worldwide that have completed a PhD in stem cell biology/regenerative medicine, and undertook this work in Professor Gordon Blunn's group at the internationally renowed Institute of Orthoapedics and Musculoskeletal Science, UCL.
Richard is the RVC's lead for orthopaedics and musculoskeletal research on the Comparative Physiology and Medicine Committee, which drives research strategy. He is also manages the clinical research output from the orthopaedic clinicians. Externally, he is the Scientific Chair at the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association (BVOA); in this role he oversees research grants and has input on all scientific output from the association.
He actively collaborates with Professor Andrew Pitsillides (RVC), Professor Gordon Blunn (UCL & Portsmouth), Professor Melanie Coathup (University of Central Florida), Dr Aileen Crawford (Sheffield Dental School), Dr Helen Roberts (middlesex) and Dr Chavaunne Thorpe (RVC). Current projects include the homing and migration of stem and progenitor cells, cartilage tissue regeneration, identifying novel treatments for canine osteosarcoma, evaluating hydrotherapy for rehabilitation after cruciate ligament surgery, brachycephalic orthopaedic conditions and the development and management of osteoarthritis. Richard is also involved with the VetCompass research group (The Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System), looking at the epidemiology of companion animal conditions presenting in veterinary primary care. He is also interested in understanding and reduction of complications and the role of antibiotic usage in the development of resistance.
Richard has published on a range of clinical treatments in dogs and cats, including biomechanical evaluation of orthopaedic implants, evaluating the impact of hydortherapy on clinical outcomes, and the development of new treatments. Richard has had research funding from PetPlan, BVOA, MRC and the Dunhill Medical Trust.
Peer reviewed clinical publications
Management and long-term outcome of acetabular fractures in dogs: A retrospective study of 49 dogs
Roberts V, Parsons K, Sajik D, Meeson RL
VCOT – In press
Traumatic physeal fractures in cats; a review of 36 cases (2010-2020)
Rubinos C, Meeson RL
JFMS – In press
Defining a safe corridor for trans-iliac pin placement in cats.
Garcia-Pertierra S, Meeson RL, Yeung B, Bedford G, Pead MJ.
Aust Vet J. 2021 Mar 12. doi: 10.1111/avj.13062.
Establishment of Normal Mechanical Tibial Joint Angles in Dachshunds.
Banks C, Meeson R, Kulendra E, Carwardine D, Mielke B, Pead M, Phillips H, Phillips A.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2021 Jan 31. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1722336.
Traumatic joint luxations in cats: Reduce, repair, replace, remove.
Meeson RL, Strickland R.
J Feline Med Surg. 2021 Jan;23(1):17-32. doi: 10.1177/1098612X20979508.
Computed Tomographic Measurement of Trochlear Depth in Three Breeds of Brachycephalic Dog.
Matchwick A, Bridges JP, Mielke B, Pead MJ, Phillips A, Meeson RL.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2021 Mar;34(2):124-129. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1719165.
Isolated Articular Fractures of the Canine Talus: Diagnosis and Signalment in Fourteen Dogs.
Carbonell Buj E, Burton N, Mosley JR, Meeson RL, Major A, Whitelock RG, Parsons K, Langley-Hobbs SJ.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2020 Oct 14. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1716419.
Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis in Dogs: A Systematic Review.
Anderson K, Zulch H, O’Neill D, Meeson RL, Collins L.
Front. Vet. Sci. 7, 220 (2020).
Epidemiology and clinical management of elbow joint disease in dogs under primary veterinary care in the UK
O’Neill D, Brodbelt D, R Hodge, Church D, Meeson RL
Canine Genet Epidemiol 7, 1 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40575-020-0080-5
Multi-centre retrospective study of the long-term outcome following suspected traumatic elbow luxation in 37 cats
H.Williams, I.Calvo, A.Gaines, S.Kalff, M. Farrell, D.Sajik, Kulendra N, R. Meeson, K.Parsons, E.Kulendra
J Small Anim Pract. 2020 Apr 29. doi: 10.1111/jsap.13143
Impact of breed on canine humeral condylar fracture configuration, surgical management and outcome.
Sanchez C, Philips A, Camilla P, D O’Neil, RL Meeson
Vet Surg. 2020 Apr 20. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13432
Spontaneous dog osteoarthritis - a One Medicine vision.
Meeson RL, Todhunter RJ, Blunn G, Nuki G, Pitsillides AA.
Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2019 Apr 5. doi: 10.1038/s41584-019-0202-1. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
Detection of Maturity and Ligament Injury Using Magic Angle Directional Imaging (MADI)
Karyn E Chappell, Djordje Brujic, Catherine Van Der Straeten, Richard Meeson, Wladyslaw Gedroyc, Donald McRobbie, Mihailo Ristic
Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 2019 In Press
The in vitro behaviour of canine osteoblasts derived from different bone types
Meeson R, Perpétuo I; Parsons K; Orriss I; Shah M; Pitsillides A; Doube M
BMC Vet Res. 2019 Apr 11;15(1):114. doi: 10.1186/s12917-019-1857-1.
Repair of Y-T humeral condyle fractures with locking compression plate (LCP) fixation
Moffat F, Kulendra E, Meeson R
VCOT, 2019 In press
Feline head trauma: a CT analysis of skull fractures and their management in 75 cats.
Knight R, Meeson RL.
J Feline Med Surg. 2018 Dec 20:1098612X18819183. doi: 10.1177/1098612X18819183.
Spontaneous Septic Arthritis of Canine Elbows: Twenty-One Cases.
Mielke B, Comerford E, English K, Meeson R.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2018 Nov;31(6):488-493. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1668108
Prevalence, duration and risk factors for appendicular osteoarthritis in a UK dog population under primary veterinary care.
Anderson, K L; O’Neill, D G; Brodbelt, D C; Church, D B; Meeson, R L; Sargan, D; Summers, J F; Zulch, H; Collins, L M.
Scientific Reports (Nature), 85641. 2018. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-23940-z
Relationship between tibial conformation, cage size and advancement achieved in TTA procedure.
Meeson RL, Corah L, Conroy MC, Calvo I.
BMC Vet Res. 2018 Mar 20;14(1):104. doi: 10.1186/s12917-018-1433-0.
Postoperative Complications Associated with External Skeletal Fixators in Dogs
Beever L, Giles K, Meeson R.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2018 Feb;31(2):137-143. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1627477.
Postoperative complications associated with external skeletal fixators in cats.
Beever L, Giles K, Meeson R.
J Feline Med Surg. 2017 Jul;19(7):727-736. doi: 10.1177/1098612X17699466.
Making internal fixation work with limited bone stock.
In Practice. 2017 Feb 20:inp-j595.
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 R, Radke H.
J Feline Med Surg. 2017 Aug;19(8):907-914. doi: 10.1177/1098612X16653644.
The epidemiology of patellar luxation in dogs attending primary-care veterinary practices in England.
O'Neill DG, Meeson RL, Sheridan A, Church DB, Brodbelt DC.
Canine Genet Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 8;3:4. doi: 10.1186/s40575-016-0034-0. eCollection 2016.
Multi-centre retrospective study of long-term outcomes following traumatic elbow luxation in 37 dogs.
Sajik D, Meeson RL, Kulendra N, Jordan C, James D, Calvo I, Farrell M, Kulendra E.
J Small Anim Pract. 2016 Aug;57(8):422-8. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12499. Epub 2016 Jun 8.
Short and long-term outcome following surgical stabilization of tarsocrural instability in dogs.
Beever LJ, Kulendra ER, Meeson RL.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2016;29(2):142-8. doi: 10.3415/VCOT-15-05-0083.
Management and long-term outcome of pelvic fractures: a retrospective study of 43 cats.
Meeson RL, Geddes AT.
J Feline Med Surg. 2017 Jan;19(1):36-41. doi: 10.1177/1098612X15606958. Epub 2016 Jul 10.
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.
Epidemiology of Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease Diagnosis in Dogs Attending Primary-Care Veterinary Practices in England.
Taylor-Brown FE, Meeson RL, Brodbelt DC, Church DB, McGreevy PD, Thomson PC, O'Neill DG.
Vet Surg. 2015 Aug;44(6):777-83. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12349. Epub 2015 Jun 29.
Clinical comparison of the hybrid dynamic compression plate and the castless plate for pancarpal arthrodesis in 219 dogs.
Bristow PC, Meeson RL, Thorne RM, Butterworth SJ, Rutherford S, Renwick AI, Wustefeld-Janssens B, Witte PG, Woods S, Parsons KJ, Keeley BJ, Owen MR, Li A, Arthurs GI.
Vet Surg. 2015 Jan;44(1):70-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12183.x. Epub 2014 Apr 7.
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 Aug;41(6):738-44. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2012.00985.x. Epub 2012 May 29.
Management of pelvic trauma: neurological damage, urinary tract disruption and pelvic fractures.
Meeson R, Corr S.
J Feline Med Surg. 2011 May;13(5):347-61. doi: 10.1016/j.jfms.2011.03.011. Review.
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. doi: 10.3415/VCOT-10-03-0033. Epub 2011 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. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2009.00501.x.
Peer reviewed Abstracts/conference papers:
Computed tomographic evaluation of the non-lame French Bulldog elbow
S Mella, H Dirrig, RL Meeson
BSAVA Clinical Research Abstracts – Virtual Conference 2021
Physeal Fractures in Cats: A retrospective of 64 cases.
C Rubinos, R Meeson. BVOA Autumn Scientific Meeting, ONLINE 2020.
Magic Angle Directional Imaging (MADI) standard deviation maps correlate with knee pathology in a spontaneous injury model.
K. Chappell, C. Van Der Straeten, D. McRobbie, W. Gedroyc, D. Brujic, R. Meeson ISMRM 2020 digital poster presentation.
Multi-Ligament Injury Of The Stifle In 24 Dogs, A Multi-Centre Retrospective Study Coppola M, Das S, Matthews G, Cantatore M, Silva L, McCarthy J, Fernandez-Salesa N, Lafuente P , Allan R , Meeson R , Addison ES.
ECVS 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ECVS (VetSug. 2020;49:O174–O253.)
Radiographic measurement of mechanical tibial joint angles in Dachshunds: what is normal? Charlotte Banks, Richard Meeson, Darren Carwardine, Ben Mielke, Matthew Pead, Andrew Phillips. BSAVA 2020 online presentation
Acetabular fractures in 30 dogs: presentation, classification and management and short-term outcome. Victoria Roberts, Richard Meeson. BSAVA clinical research abstracts 2019
Visualisation and quantification of collagen fibers in a partially torn ligament using magic angle imaging. Karyn Elizabeth Chappell, Catherine Van Der Straeten, Donald McRobbie, Wladyslaw Gedroyc, Mihailo Ristic, Djordje Brujic, and Richard Meeson. JOINT ANNUAL MEETING ISMRM-ESMRMB 2018.
Defining a Safe Corridor for Transilial Pins. B Yeung, R Meeson, G Bedford, M Pead. BVOA Autumn Scientific Meeting, Edinburgh 2017.
Multi-centre retrospective study of the long-term outcome following suspected traumatic elbow luxation in 37 cats H.Williams, I.Calvo, A.Gaines, S.Kalff, M. Farrell, D.Sajik, Kulendra N, R. Meeson, K.Parsons, E.Kulendra. BVOA Clinical Research Abstract 2017
Epidemiology Of Canine Osteoarthritis (OA) In The UK Dog Population as Assessed at Primary Veterinary Consultations, K Anderson, D O’Neill, H Zulch, R Meeson, D Sargan, D Brodbelt, J Summers, and LM Collins, UFAW abstract, 2017
Canine osteoblasts from trabecular, cortical and subchondral bone present differences in alkaline phosphatase activity” 43rd Annual European Calcified Tissue Society Congress, Rome, Italy, 14 – 17 May 2016. Ines Pedro Perpetuo, Kevin Parsons, Mittal Shah, Isabel Orriss, Michael Doube, Andrew Pitsillides, Richard Meeson.
Local origins impart conserved bone type-related differences in canine osteoblast behaviour”, Bone Research Society, Annual Meeting 2016, Liverpool, UK, 29 June - 1 July 2016. Ines Pedro Perpetuo, Kevin Parsons, Mittal Shah, Isabel Orriss, Michael Doube, Andrew Pitsillides, Richard Meeson.
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 and is the Rotation Lead for Orthopaedics. He is also deputy strand leader for the Locomotor Module, on the BVetMed degree, which provides all teaching relating to orthopaedics. He lectures on the BVetMed locotomor module and the Orthopaedic Elective.
Richard is actively involved in training and supervision post-graduate veterinarians undertaking specialist training, and surpervises residents undergoing ECVS specialist training. Previsoulsy, he was the Surgery Elective Module leader for the Graduate Diploma surgical nursing distance course (2011-2015).
He has completed a postgradute certificate in higher education and has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) since 2013.
Richard delivers CPD nationally and internationally and has spoken on a range of topics at national and internaltion meetings. Richard was a committee member for the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA), Education committee (2014-17), which develops policy and direction for delivery of post-graduate education to clinical vets in the UK.
Richard is currently the External Examiner for Bristol University's clinical masters degree associated with their residency training programme, and has also acted as an external examiner for international research degree awards.
Richard has worked in the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, RVC since 2007. He accpets referrals for all types of advanced orthopaedics and has a particular interest in traumatology/fracture surgery. He is currently supervising a randomised clinical trial to evaluate the impact of hydrotherapy on recovery from knee surgery (TPLO).
Richard is a Biomedtrix joint replacement certified surgeon and co-manages the joint replacement programme offered at the RVC. He is also happy to recieve referrals for Stem Cell Therapy for management of osteoarthritis in dogs.
Journal Editorial boards
- Veterinary Record - associate editor orthopaedics.
- Associate Editor BMC Veterinary Research (Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Scicene) since 2015
Peer Review for
- Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Record, Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology,
- Journal Orthopaedic Research, Journal Bone & Joint Research
- BVOA scientific chair (2016-2019)(Re-elected 2019-2021)
- BSAVA education committee (2014-2018)
- Bloomsbury Skeletal Biology Centre (2018-)
- External Examiner, University Bristol, clincial masters degree
- Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
- RCVS Knowledge Canine Cruciate Registry Expert Panel
Invited talks/Session Chair:
Richard has been an invited speaker at internataion and national meetings, including BVOA Autumn Conference 2015; ESVOT Milan; ESVOT London 2017; St. Petersberg Veterinary Conference 2018; -TERMIS World Conference, Japan 2018; London Vet Show 2018, France Vet Show 2019.