Rob van Pelt


Veterinary Associate

Rob graduated from Massey University, New Zealand in 1985 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science.  Prior to this he had undertaken a Bachelor of Science, Medical Biochemistry and Physiology.

His first job was in Rotorua, New Zealand.  Employed as a large animal vet, he soon gravitated towards horses having been involved with them most of his life.  He describes his early days as 100% horse work but in the calving seasons he was expected to calve 10 cows a day as well.  As the practice was directly across the road from the racecourse, Rob was employed as the racecourse vet which involved regulatory duties, as well as attending to casualties.

After 4 years, Rob (with wife Robyn) embarked on their overseas travel.  After travelling through Asia, Africa and Europe they landed in England and Rob started work as a locum in Ewhurst, Surrey.  After a relaxing summer, Rob was keen to move on and gain further experience.  A chance meeting with a previous partner of the practice resulted in Rob being offered a job at The Equine Veterinary Hospital, Arundel.

He completed his Certificate in Equine Practice in 1992 and became a partner in 1994.

Rob has continued to develop his interests in competition horse medicine and surgery.

A keen reader, he has published several papers and co-authored a chapter about lameness in National Hunt racehorses in “Lameness in the Horse”.  This text is essential reading for all equine practitioners.

Rob has given endless lectures on various topics, including tendon injuries, drug administration and joint therapy.

Rob joined the pre-sales examination panel for Doncaster National Hunt Sales in 2002.  He has also performed this duty at Cheltenham, Newbury, Kempton and Ascot Sales.

He was nominated as an F.E.I. Veterinary Surgeon in 1996 and has officiated at Hickstead International Show Jumping Arena and Burghley 3 Day Horse Trails.

Rob has acted as examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for the Certificate for the Certificate in Equine Practice, stepping down in 2006 as chief examiner. Rob was also awarded recognition as an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice by the Royal College.

His interest in racing saw him nominated to the committee of the Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons, acting as Secretary for 4 years before becoming chairman. Recently he has been appointed as an "Advocate For Racing" dealing with the press and giving Q&A sessions at race meetings.

Rob is a member of the Veterinary Advisory panel for the Horserace Betting Levy Board and also Chairman of the Infections Diseases Codes Committee.
He manages to find time to keep fit by riding his mountain bike over the South Downs.  He is an avid rugby supporter, especially when either his son or the “All Blacks” are playing.