Dr. Hilary Clayton

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Dr. Hilary Clayton


Prof. Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Dipl ACVSMR graduated as a veterinarian and worked in mixed practice before becoming returning to academia to complete a PhD. She held academic appointments in Great Britain, The Netherlands and Canada before moving to the US in 1997 as the first incumbent of the Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University. Prof. Clayton’s research is in the areas of equine sports medicine, especially biomechanics, conditioning sport horses, and the rider-horse interaction.

Recently, her research has focussed on providing evidence-based research on the effects of physiotherapeutic techniques in horses. She has published six books and over 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Prof. Clayton is a charter diplomate and President-Elect of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has been awarded the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, has been inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the Midwest Dressage Association Hall of Fame, and is an Honorary Fellow of the International Society for Equitation Science.

In her spare time she trains and competes dressage horses. She has earned USDF bronze, silver and gold medals riding horses she trained herself.

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