Leo Jeffcott, BVetMed, PhD, FRCVS, DVSc, MA, DSc

Professor Leo Jeffcott, BVetMed, PhD, FRCVS, DVSc, MA, VetMedDr (h.c.) has been an official FEI Event Veterinarian since 1977, and has officiated at many elite championships including 4 World Equestrian Games. He has been an official veterinarian at the last 6 Olympic Games (1988-2008). He was President of the Veterinary Commission at Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004), and has been Veterinary Technical Delegate at Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008). Professor Jeffcott was elected Chairman of the FEI Veterinary Committee and member of the Bureau in 1998, and served until 2006. He was then made an Honorary Member of the Bureau, and was the first veterinarian to receive that honour. He held the post of Dean at the Veterinary School in the University of Cambridge (1991-2004) and then at the University of Sydney (2004-2009).

Articles by Leo Jeffcott

FEI and Welfare

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded. Read More

FEI Veterinary Meetings

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) held its annual veterinary meetings in Helsinki, Finland, from Feb. 3-6. The FEI Veterinary Committee has the overall responsibility for the management and surveillance of the veterinary aspects of Read More

Where Are We Now?

The foot and mouth (FMD) outbreak in Great Britain started on Feb. 21, 2001. Immediately, virtually all equestrian enterprises stopped in sympathy for the farming community. This affected all sporting and recreational activity including, for the Read More

Preview of the Olympic Equestrian Events for Sydney 2000

As you would expect from the Ozzies, the Sydney International Three-Day Event proved to be a great competition and an excellent dress rehearsal for the Olympics next year. This CCI** was staged from Sept. 23-26 at the new Sydney Read More

A Gold Medal Performance

The Olympics were a huge success for all three equestrian disciplines--eventing, dressage, and jumping. Since the test event at the Olympic site last September, it had been an eagerly awaited competition. In the end, all Read More

Equine Back Problems

Equine back problems are common, particularly in performance horses. The conditions involved can be primary or can result from lameness, ill-fitting tack, or even inadequate schooling. It is noteworthy that the most common reaso Read More