Andy is the clinical brains behind The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic. He is an internationally recognised expert in small animal orthopaedics. He was part of the infamous ‘Vet School’ year at Bristol University, as filmed for the hit BBC series… remember Trude anyone? Even back then he had a love of surgery and a fascination with orthopaedics. After graduation, Andy spent five years in general practice working towards and obtaining the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Surgery Certificate, before returning to Bristol University for three years of specialist surgical training.

In 2004, Andy was awarded the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics), and a year later the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) Diploma, meaning Andy is one of a very small number of vets with two Specialist-level surgical qualifications. He has been recognised by the RCVS as a Specialist in Small Animal Surgery since 2006.

From 2004-2007 Andy was a lecturer and orthopaedic surgeon at The Royal Veterinary College, where another hit BBC series, ‘SuperVets’ was filmed. During the show, the cameras followed Andy performing one of the first canine elbow replacements in the UK.

In 2007 Andy moved to Winchester to join a nascent referral hospital, later to become Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists. Here he continued to specialise in orthopaedic surgery while also starting and growing an ECVS programme to train the next generation of surgeons. Over the past 20+ years, Andy has published over 50 clinical research and review articles. He has been invited to teach vets in the US, Europe and Asia as well as in the UK. In 2017 Andy was awarded Fellowship of the RCVS for outstanding contributions to the veterinary profession. He became Vice-Chair of the British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association in 2022.

Outside of work, Andy is a keen cyclist and runner. The Moores family includes two teenage boys, a rescued Bengal cat, a crazy German Short-Haired Pointer and a couple of guinea pigs. The family share their home with a Ukrainian family from Kharkiv.

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