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PROF Chris Whitton




    • Chris leads equine orthopaedic research at the University of Melbourne. This involves a multidisciplinary approach using biomechanics, microstructural analysis and epidemiology. Chris brings a clinical focus to his research due to his role in investigating and treating lame horses as a specialist equine surgeon within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital where he has worked since November 2004. Chris trained as a specialist at the University of Sydney where he completed a PhD before moving to work at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England as a specialist surgeon and scientist. He ran his own referral practice and scintigraphy unit at the Newcastle Equine Centre from 1999 to 2004.
      Chris has lectured and published extensively on lameness and musculoskeletal injury prevention. His current research interests are in equine limb function, subchondral bone and the epidemiology of equine limb injuries.


    Member of

    • Orthopaedic Research Society. Full Member 2016 -
    • Australia New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society. Full Memeber 2015 -
    • Australian Equine Veterinary Association. Professional Special Interest Group 1985 -
    • Australian Veterinary Association. Professional Body 1985 -


    Selected publications


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    Education and training

    • PhD, University of Sydney 1998
    • FACVSc, Australian College of Veterinary Scientists 1995
    • BVSc, University of Sydney 1985

    Awards and honors

    • Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, 1995



    Available for supervision

    • Y

    Supervision Statement

    • Current research focuses on subchondral bone in horses. Subchondral bone microstructure and biomechanical properties are investigated with the aim of developing training strategies that will reduce the risk of injury in athletic horses.