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James Crabtree

Dr. James R. Crabtree BVM&S CertEM(StudMed) FRCVS



James Crabtree graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001 being awarded the The McCaughey Prize at graduation. James spent four years in mixed practice in Yorkshire looking after horses, farm animals, dogs and cats. James always had a passion for horses and reproduction though so in 2004 he embarked on a journey that saw him perform multiple back to back breeding seasons in the Southern and Northern hemispheres working with specialists in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. During his time at home in Yorkshire he worked with Dr. Jonathan Pycock, registered specialist in equine reproduction. Although James spent a lot of time in New Zealand he has always called Yorkshire home. In 2010 James was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University.

James lectures regularly on the national and international stage and has published work on the breeding soundness examination of the stallion, peri-partum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours of mares’ ovaries, persistent endometrial cups and conditions in foals. He also contributes widely at international congresses and international CPD with practical material on many subjects from bent legs in foals to embryo transfer.

In 2013 he became director of Equine Reproductive Services (UK) Limited developing the busy Yorkshire equine practice started by Jonathan Pycock in 1997. The practice prides itself on dealing with horses from conception to competition and beyond. In 2014 James became an honorary lecturer at Liverpool University and and in 2017 he joined the Editorial Board of UK-Vet Equine and acts as an external consultant to the Rainbow Equine Hospital Laboratory. James amongst others has performed peer review of manuscripts for the Equine Veterinary Journal and Equine Veterinary Education. James continues to perform and publish practice based research utilising the most current techniques in equine reproduction; he has a particular interest in Doppler ultrasonography, stallion management, the pregnant mare, ovarian pathology and orthopaedic disorders of the foal. James is a fellow and founding member of the BCF Academy.


James is recognized as an Advanced Practitioner in Equine Stud Medicine and is a current member of the British Equine Veterinary Association, Association of Racecourse Veterinary Surgeons and an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian.


James doesn’t have time to ride yet alone look after a horse of his own so instead when he has a rare weekend off he finds himself satisfying his inner petrol head in motorsport, competing with his brother at a variety of speed related challenges whilst his mother looks after the horses at the family farm.

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