Dr Peter Rossdale has passed away

Dr Peter Rossdale OBE, MA, PhD, Drmedvet(hcBerne), DVMS(hc Edinburgh), DVSc(hc Sydney), FACVSc, DESM, FRCVS

Dr Peter Rossdale visited Scone with spouse Jill when on one of his man Australian visits at the behest of the University of Sydney Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science and the Australian Equine Veterinary Association. He very kindly told me Scone was the only place on the globe other than Newmarket UK that he would like to have been in Equine Veterinary Practice? Maybe he was being polite?  Jill Rossdale bred an outstanding international racehorse by the winner of the 1977 Blue Diamond Stakes  ‘Blazing Saddles’ (Todman/Lady Simone by Wilkes; bred by Jim Fleming @ Stone Lodge, Segenhoe). I think ‘Blazing Saddles was one of the first Australian-bred stallions to ‘shuttle’ to the UK? Jill’s horse might have been ‘Mr Brooks (GB)’ [Blazing Saddles ex Double Finesse GB by Double Jump GB] who raced in both Europe and the USA where he met his fate on the racetrack; possibly in Florida? Peter and Jill also had a son who spent time @ Bob Watson’s ‘Roseneath Stud’, Cobbitty on a ‘gap year’ at the behest of ex-AEVA Treasurer and Keeneland USA representative Professor Rex Butterfield.

Dr Peter Rossdale has passed away

Dear EVA Past Presidents,

You will be sad to learn that Dr Peter Rossdale OBE, MA, PhD, Drmedvet(hcBerne), DVMS(hc Edinburgh), DVSc(hc Sydney), FACVSc, DESM, FRCVS, has passed away. Dr Rossdale was in his 90s. From the Team Page at Rossdales


Peter D. Rossdale

OBE, MA, PhD, Drmedvet(hcBerne), DVMS(hc Edinburgh), DVSc(hc Sydney), FACVSc, DESM, FRCVS

Dr Peter Rossdale was awarded a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University in 1948. He then graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1952. He entered general practice in Rye, Sussex; and subsequently served in equine practice from 1954, setting up his own practice in Newmarket in 1959. In the following years he was joined by other pioneering veterinary surgeons and together formed the foundations of Rossdale & Partners, now world-renowned as Rossdales LLP, the largest equine practice in the UK and Europe. Dr Rossdale retired from the Practice in 2004.

He obtained an FRCVS by thesis in 1967 and, in 1985, a PhD from Cambridge University on the basis of published papers in the peer reviewed literature. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Berne, Edinburgh and Sydney.

Dr Rossdale served for various periods on the scientific advisory boards of the Wellcome Trust, the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the Animal Health Trust; and was editor of Equine Veterinary Journal from 1980 to 2010 and editor-in-chief of Equine Veterinary Education for the first 20 years of its publication from 1986.



·        Effect of progesterone administration to mares during late gestation

Ousey JC, Rossdale PDPalmer L, Houghton E, Grainger L and Fowden AL

2002, Theriogenology58, 793-795

·        Measurement of serum amyloid A in the neonatal foal using a latex agglutination immunoturbidimetric assay: determination of the normal range, variation with age and response to disease.

Stoneham SJ, Palmer L, Cash R, Rossdale PD

2001, Equine Vet J33, 6, 599-603

·        Effects of 5α blockade on progestagen metabolism and parturition in mares.

Ousey JC, Rossdale PDPalmer L, Grainger L. Houghton E and Fowden AL

2001, Society for the study of fertility

·        Effects of maternally administered high and low dose Depot ACTH on fetal maturation and the timing of parturition in the late gestation mare

Ousey JC, Rossdale PDPalmer L

1999, J. Physiol517, 40

·        Caveat vendor: technology and prepurchase examinations of horses

McEvoy F, Rossdale PDDigby NJW, Lane JG

1998, Equine Vet J30, 4, 274-6, PubMed: 9705106

·        Investigation of association between alpha-1 proteinase inhibitor haplotype and endometritis in the thoroughbred mare

Pemberton AD, John HA, Ricketts SWRossdale PD, Scott AM

1994, Equine Vet J26, 2, 122-4, PubMed: 8575373

·        The placenta as a determinant of fetal well-being in normal and abnormal equine pregnancies

Cottrill CM, Jeffers-Lo J, Ousey JC, McGladdery AJRicketts SW, Silver M, Rossdale PD

1991, J Reprod Fertil Suppl44, 591-601, PubMed: 1795302

·        Changes in serum muscle enzyme levels associated with training schedules and stage of the oestrous cycle in Thoroughbred racehorses

Frauenfelder HC, Rossdale PDRicketts SW, Allen WR

1986, Equine Vet J18, 5, 371-4, PubMed: 3769882

·        Epidemiological study of wastage among racehorses 1982 and 1983

Rossdale PD, Hopes R, Digby NJW, Offord K

1985, Vet Rec116, 3, 66-9, PubMed: 3976145

·        Use of ultrasound echography for early diagnosis of single and twin pregnancy in the mare

Simpson DJ, Greenwood RE, Ricketts SWRossdale PD, Sanderson M, Allen WR

1982, J Reprod Fertil Suppl32, 431-9, PubMed: 6962878

·        Ultrastructural studies of the equine uterus and placenta following parturition

Steven DH, Jeffcott LB, Mallon KA, Ricketts SWRossdale PD, Samuel CA

1979, J Reprod Fertil Suppl27, 579-86, PubMed: 289839

·        Endometrial biopsy findings in mares with contagious equine metritis

Ricketts SWRossdale PD

1979, J Reprod Fertil Suppl27, 355-9, PubMed: 289810

·        Scanning electron microscope studies of the endometrium of the cyclic mare

Samuel CA, Ricketts SWRossdale PD, Steven DH, Thurley KW

1979, J Reprod Fertil Suppl27, 287-92, PubMed: 289802

·        Endometrial biopsy studies of mares with contagious equine metritis 1977

Ricketts SWRossdale PD, Samuel CA

1978, Equine Vet J10, 3, 160-6, PubMed: 688997

·        Genital infection in mares

Ricketts SWRossdale PDDigby NJW, NJ, Falk NM, Hopes R, Hunt MD, Peace CK

1977, Vet Rec101, 3, 65, PubMed: 888326

·        The equine practice laboratory

Ricketts SWRossdale PD

1975, Vet Rec97, 17, 320-4, PubMed: 1105951

·        Chromosome abnormalities as a cause of infertility in mares

Chandley AC, Fletcher J, Rossdale PD, Peace CK, Ricketts SW, McEnery RJ, Thorne JP, Short RV, Allen WR

1975, J Reprod Fertil Suppl23, 377-83, PubMed: 1060811

·        A case of equine infectious anaemia in Newmarket

Rossdale PD, Hunt MD, Peace CK, Hopes R, Ricketts SW

1975, Vet Rec97, 11, 207-8, PubMed: 1162873

·        Further studies on the use of synthetic prostaglandin analogues for inducing luteolysis in mares

Allen WR, Stewart F, Cooper MJ, Crowhurst RC, Simpson DJ, McEnery RJ, Greenwood RE, Rossdale PDRicketts SW

1974, Equine Vet J6, 1, 31-May, PubMed: 4856510

EVA has today sent the following condolences note to our friends at BEVA.

Best wishes, Jeffrey


Dear BEVA Friends,

On behalf of the President, Executive and the Membership of Equine Veterinarians Australia, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of our esteemed friend and colleague, Dr Peter Rossdale.

The great man leaves a positive legacy that will be everlasting. With leadership in equine veterinary science, that influenced the profession throughout the world.

His knowledge and skill will live on, through the generations of equine veterinarians that he inspired and influenced.

If you would us to share his obituary, we will gladly include this in the next EVA newsletter, scheduled for Friday week, 10 December. We extend our prayers of sympathy to all at BEVA.

With love and best wishes in this sad time,


Jeffrey Wilkinson  BSc(Oen) MBA SSc
Executive Officer – Equine Veterinarians Australia
National Manager – Special Interest Groups

The Australian Veterinary Association

Unit 40, 6 Herbert Street, St Leonards NSW 2065

T 0418 638 231  F 02 9437 9068  E jeffrey.wilkinson@ava.com.au W www.ava.com.au

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