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
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.