Svend Kold grew up and qualified in Denmark before receiving a Carlsberg Travelling Grant that enabled him to join The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket for 1 year. Shortly afterwards he was invited back by the then Director, Brian Singleton to undertake the post of Research Clinician.

During his 10 year tenure at the Animal Health Trust, he completed his PhD Thesis into subchondral bone disease through the University of Copenhagen. In 1989  he took a years’ sabbatical to Colorado State University in Fort Collins to work with the world renowned equine surgeon, Professor C Wayne McIlwraith.

From 1991 to 2009, Svend was instrumental in developing what became the very successful Willesley Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire where he built up a large load of referral cases. When this practice decided to merge with a neighbouring practice in 2009, Svend alternatively decided to leave and become an independent veterinary surgeon in order to be able to develop his own clinical practice in parallel with his increasing amount of expert witness work in legal cases and a new position as veterinary consultant to the Danish equine insurance company KDH (www.kdh.dk).

Svend has been acknowledged as a Specialist in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons since 1993 (ongoing and recently re-approved until 2022). He has given close to 250 lectures to veterinary meetings and congresses, and co-authored  “Clinical Radiology of the Horse” which is now in its 4th edition and has become a standard textbook and has contributed chapters to other international, multi-authored textbooks.


His meticulous attitude and vast clinical experience accumulated over more than 35 years has led to an increasing amount of expert witness work (more than 400 reports) for both claimant and defendants   both in the UK and in Europe, through which he has attended County Court and High Court in England, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. Svend is a member of the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and the Expert Witness Institute.