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Dr Peter Milner

  • Senior Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics
  • BVetMed, BSc(Hons.), PhD, CertES(Orth), MRCVS, FHEA
  • 0151 794 6041


Peter graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1997 with Distinction in Veterinary Microbiology having gained a First Class Honours intercalated degree in Physiology from King’s College, London in 1994. Following this he worked in mixed practice in Kent for 3 years before returning to academia in 2000 to undertake a Residency in Equine Clinical Studies at the Queen’s Veterinary School, University of Cambridge. He then completed a HBLB-funded PhD in cartilage cell biology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.  Whilst at Cambridge he also gained his RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics). In 2006 he joined the University of Liverpool as Lecturer and then was promoted in 2012 to Senior Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics. 

Clinical Interests

Peter’s clinical role relates to all things orthopaedics; as a senior clinician in the equine hospital, he is responsible for orthopaedic emergencies, chronic lameness and performance problems, foot conditions, equine imaging and elective and emergency surgery. He was responsible for setting up the Equine MRI Clinical Service in 2007 which remains one of the busiest MRI units in the North-West of England. He is also one of the out-of-hours surgeons on call for the equine hospital.


Peter is co-ordinator for the equine orthopaedic course including developing a comparative aspect of orthopaedics for the BVSc curriculum and was a member of the curriculum development group (2010-2013) responsible for delivery of the clinical curriculum. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and has been Chief Equine Examiner for the BVSc examinations (2010-2012). He also delivers on a number of post-graduate CPD courses run by the university as well as being involved in Veterinary Physiotherapy teaching and assessment.

Research interests

His research role is divided between musculoskeletal biology and veterinary clinical research.  He has published numerous papers in high-impact journals relating to cartilage function and disease and is looking at mechanisms involved in the development of osteoarthritis.  His veterinary clinical research publications include MRI diagnosis of tendon injuries, outcomes following orthopaedic infections, chronic pain pathways in laminitis and factors influencing changes in hoof shape. He is Head of Research for the Equine Hospital and is a REF panel member for the Institute of Veterinary Science.