Jessica Kidd has been involved in equine surgery for more than 20 years. She is an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Equine Surgery and runs her own Surgical Consultancy service.

She attended veterinary school at Purdue University in the States followed by two years in mixed practice in New England. After this she completed an internship at a referral racehorse hospital in Ocala, Florida and then returned to the UK to complete an equine surgery residency at the University of Bristol. This was followed by time as a surgery lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s veterinary school followed by holding the position of the University Equine Surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She then spent seven years in private practice as the surgeon at the Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn, Berkshire which had a hospital population of racehorses, performance horses and pleasure horses and is currently an external surgical consultant to multiple practices.

She has presented veterinary presentations at national and international meetings in over twenty countries, has taught numerous CPD courses for other veterinary surgeons on specialised equine subjects and was an examiner for the RCVS certificates six times. She was the keynote speaker at both the New Zealand Equine Veterinary and the South African Veterinary Association Congresses in 2019.

She holds the RCVS certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics), is a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is an RCVS and European recognised specialist in Equine Surgery. Her areas of interest are both soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery, diagnostic imaging and investigation of lameness cases as well as neonatology and care of the pregnant mare.

She is the chief editor of The Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography which is currently being prepared in a second edition and has contributed chapters to Auer’s “Equine Surgery” and “Equine Neck and Back Pathology”. She is a keen motorcyclist and one of the original members of the Horsepower CPD team which has already raised over £750,000 for charities to provide ongoing funding for both working equids and disabled children.

Her spare time is spent running around after small twin boys and trying to keep the garden from over running the house.

Published Papers

  • Published papers “Soft tissue structures of the back” and “Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes” in Equine Back and Neck Pathology: Diagnosis and Treatment. Ed: F.M.D.Henson. Blackwell Wiley, Oxford. 2018 
  • “Flexural deformities” in Equine Surgery, 5th edition. Ed  Auer, Stick, Kummerle and Prange. 2018.  WB Saunders.
  • “Surgical enucleation of unilateral mandibular radicular cysts in an 11-year-old Thoroughbred mare”. Poore LA, Scase TJ and Kidd JA. Equine Vet Educ 2017 XXX, xx-xx
  • “Flexural deformities Part 2 Acquired”. Kidd JA. In Practice, April 2017. 40, 182-186.
  • “Flexural deformities Part 1: Congenital”. Kidd JA. In Practice, March 2017. 39, 128-137.
  • “Atlas of Equine Ultrasonography”, Editor-in-chief. May 2014. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
  • “Advances in Equine Orthopaedics”, parts 1 and 2. Veterinary Times, VT42.50, January 2013.
  • “The First timer’s guide to Investigating Kissing Spines: Diagnosis”. Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine, Spring 2012. 
  • “The First timer’s guide to Investigating Kissing Spines: Treatment”. Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine, Summer 2012. 
  • “Flexural deformities” in Equine Surgery. Ed J. Auer and J. Stick. 2011.  WB Saunders.
  • “Pedal bone fractures” Kidd, J.A. Equine vet. Educ 2011. 23, 314-323.
  • “Soft tissue structures of the back” and “Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes” in Equine Back Pathology: Diagnosis and Treatment. Ed: F.M.D.Henson. Blackwell Wiley, Oxford. Year?
  • Desmectomy of a septic accessory ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon in the hindlimb of a horse under standing sedation.”  Lamas, L. P., Henson, F. M. D. and Kidd, J. A. Equine vet. Educ. 2008. 20, 620-624.
  • “Use of matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 and white blood cell counts in monitoring the treatment and predicting the survival of horses with septic arthritis”. J.A. Kidd , A.R.S. Barr and J.F. Tarlton, The Veterinary Record, 2007 Sep 8;161(10):329-34.
  • “Repair of a longitudinal fracture of the scapula in a horse using internal fixation.”, J. A. Kidd, L.P. Lamas, and F. M. D. Henson . Veterinary Surgery, 2007 Jun;36(4):378-81.
  • “Modified frontonasal sinus flap surgery in standing horses: surgical findings and outcomes of 60 cases” G.C. Quinn, J.A. Kidd and J.G. Lane, Equine Veterinary Journal, 2005. 37, 138-142.
  • “Flexor tendon rupture secondary to a non-responsive digital sheath sepsis in a horse”, J.A. Kidd, L.C. Voute, and M. Hewetson, The Veterinary Record, 2004. 155, 201-204.
  • “Splint bone fractures in the horse” J. A. Kidd. In Practice, 2003 July/August 388-395.
  • “Flexural deformities in foals” J. A. Kidd and A. R. S. Barr. Equine Veterinary Education  2002. 14: 311-321.
  • “A new method of splinting a congenital metatarsophalangeal flexural deformity in a foal” J. A. Kidd. Equine Veterinary Education 2002. 14: 308-310.
  • “Bilateral non-ossifying fibromas in the proximal tibiae of a yearling Thoroughbred filly” J. A. Kidd and J. Bradshaw, Equine Veterinary Journal  2002. 34, 317-320.
  • “Prosthetic laryngoplasty and ventriculectomy with vocal cordectomy for laryngeal hemiplegia in horses”, J. A. Kidd and D. E. Slone. The Veterinary Record 2002. 34, 481-484.
  • “Septic flexor tendon core lesions in five horses”, J. A. Kidd, Sue J. Dyson and A.R.S. Barr. Equine Veterinary Journal  2002. 34, 213-216.
  • “Osteoarthritis in the Horse”, J.A. Kidd, C. J. Fuller, and A.R.S. Barr. Equine Veterinary Education 2001 13:160-168.
  • "Evolution of Endothermy in Scombroid Fishes: Systematic Relationships Examined with Direct Sequencing of Mitochondrial DNA", Barbara A. Block, John R. Finnerty, Alexandre F. R. Stewart, and Jessica A. Kidd. Science, 1993, Vol 260, pp. 210-214. 
  • "Expression of the Na+, K+, Cl- Cotransporter in Xenopus Oocytes", Charles E. Burnham, Jessica A. Kidd, and H. Clive Palfrey. American Journal of Physiology, 1990, F383-388. 


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