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Dr Luis M. Rubio Martinez

Senior Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics & Surgery



Luis graduated from the University of Zaragoza in Spain in 1998 followed by an Equine Internship at the Veterinary School of Hannover (Germany). After two years of equine practice in Spain and Latin America, he completed a PhD in equine orthopaedic infections at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He then returned to the University of Zaragoza as an Equine Clinician for one year before moving to the University of Guelph (Canada) where he completed a residency in Large Animal Surgery and a Doctor of Veterinary Science degree in equine subchondral bone disease in racing Thoroughbreds.

After his residency Luis was Assistant Professor in Large Animal Surgery at the University of Guelph until the end of 2009 and Associate Professor in Equine Surgery at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) until the end of 2012. Luis joined the University of Liverpool in January 2013 as a Senior Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics and Surgery.

Luis is a diplomate of the American (ACVS) and European (ECVS) Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS specialist in Equine Surgery. Luis is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Equine).

During his free time Luis enjoys running, swimming, hiking and spending time with his family.


Clinical Interests

  • All kinds of surgery in horses and other large animals
  • Minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy)
  • Equine orthopaedics
  • Back problems
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Regenerative medicine


  • Under- and post-graduate teaching of equine orthopaedics and surgery
  • Has taught veterinary students and veterinary surgeons in Spain, Canada, South Africa and UK, and veterinary nurses in South Africa.
  • International collaborations

Research Interests

  • Equine orthopaedic infections
  • Subchondral bone disease in the equine athlete
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Gait analysis
  • International collaborations