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Dr Kevin Parsons

Dr Kevin Parsons

Dr Kevin Parsons
BVSc(Bristol), PhD(Lond.)

Honorary Clinical Teacher

Area of research

Locomotor Biomechanics / Orthopaedics / Chronic Pain

Langford House,
Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU
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I undertook a PhD in the Structure and Motion Laboratory, supervised by Professor Alan Wilson, where I studied the mechanics of high speed terrestrial locomotion in cursorial animals. The focus of the PhD was on the development of novel methods of assessing locomotion and the utilisation of these methods in increasing our understanding of how animals locomote efficiently on different surfaces and terrains.

Following on from my PhD my scientific interests include innovative quantitative measurement techniques for studying animal movement and the application of these methods within a clinical environment. I am also interested in bone and cartilage biology in normal and pathological states and fracture healing biology. Other areas of collaborative research include nociceptive reflexes and assessment of pain and quality of life in dogs with chronic pain conditions such as osteoarthritis.

I also enjoy comparative aspects of locomotor biomechanics and have worked with a range of animals including dogs, horses, cows and camels.



2007 –2010


Royal Veterinary College, London

European College of Veterinary Surgeons Senior Clinical Training Scholarship


2004 – 2007


The Structure and Motion Laboratory, Royal Veterinary College, London

PhD – Locomotor biomechanics


2003 – 2004


The Royal Veterinary College, London

Junior Clinical Training Scholarship

2002 – 2003

The Castle Veterinary Group, Launceston, Cornwall. Veterinary assistant in 9 vet mixed practice.

2000 – 2002

The Veterinary Hospital Group, Estover, Plymouth, Devon.  Veterinary assistant in 12 vet small animal practice.


1995 – 2000     


University of Bristol – BVSc (Hons)

Activities / Findings

Skinner OT, Warren-Smith CM, Burton NJ, Parsons KJ. Computed tomographic evaluation of elbow congruity during arthroscopy in a canine cadaveric model. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2015 Jan 12;28(1):19-24. doi: 10.3415/VCOT-14-02-0017. Epub 2014 Dec 9.

Hamilton K, Langley-Hobbs S, Warren-Smith C, Parsons KJ. Caudal Elbow luxation in a dog managed by temporary Transarticular External Skeletal fixation. Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine. 2014 (2014) Article ID 498329.

Phillips A, Burton NJ, Warren-Smith CM, Kulendra ER, Parsons KJ. Topographic Bone Density of the Radius and Ulna in Greyhounds and Labrador Retrievers With and Without Medial Coronoid Process Disease. Vet Surg. 2014 Oct 16. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2014.12294.x.

Burton NJ, Wallace AM, Parsons KJ, Colborne GR. Total Knee replacement in a dog with a non-union type B3 tibial plateau fracture. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2014 27 2: 159-165 10.3415/VCOT-13-07-0085

Henderson ER, Friend EJ, Toscano MJ, Parsons KJ, Tarlton JF. Biomechanical comparison of canine fascia lata and thoracolumbar fascia: an in vitro evaluation of replacement tissues for body wall reconstruction.

Bristow PC, Meeson RL, Thorne RM, Butterworth SJ, Rutherford S, Renwick AI, Wustefeld-Janssens B, Witte PG, Woods S, Parsons KJ, Keeley BJ, Owen MR, Li A, Arthurs GI.C linical comparison of the hybrid dynamic compression plate and the castless plate for pancarpal arthrodesis in 219 dogs.

Burton NJ, Warren-Smith CM, Roper DP, Parsons KJ., CT assessment of the influence of dynamic loading on physiological incongruency of the canine elbow. J Small Anim Pract. 2013 Jun;54(6):291-8. doi: 10.1111/jsap.12093.

Delisser PJ, Sinnett DE, Parsons KJ, Friend EJ. A survey of surgical draping practices in small-animal practice in the UK.Vet Rec. 2012 Sep 29;171(13):326. Epub 2012 Aug 14.
Parsons KJ, Owen LJ, Lee K, Tivers MS, Gregory SP. A retrospective study of surgically treated cases of septic peritonitis in the cat (2000-2007). J Small Anim Pract. 2009 Oct;50(10):518-24. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2009.00790.x.
Parsons KJ, Pfau T, Ferrari M, Wilson AM. High-speed gallop locomotion in the Thoroughbred racehorse. II. The effect of incline on centre of mass movement and mechanical energy fluctuation. J Exp Biol. 2008 Mar;211(Pt 6):945-56. doi: 10.1242/jeb.006692.
Parsons KJ, Pfau T, Wilson AM. High-speed gallop locomotion in the thoroughbred racehorse. I. The effect of incline on stride parameters. J Exp Biol. 2008 Mar;211(Pt 6):935-44. doi: 10.1242/jeb.006650.
Parsons KJ, Wilson AM. The use of MP3 recorders to log data from equine hoof mounted accelerometers. Equine Vet J. 2006 Nov;38(7):675-80.
Parsons KJ, Beck AL. What is your diagnosis? Gastric disease/septic peritonitis. J Small Anim Pract. 2006 Jun;47(6):349-51.

Birch, S, Barberet, V, Bradley, K, Parsons, K & Warren-Smith, CMR 2014, ‘COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CISTERNA CHYLI IN DOGS’. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, vol 55., pp. 29-34      

Kortum, A, Costa, MT, Hill, M, Parsons, KJ & Papasouliotis, K 2014, ‘Comparison of 100-cell differential results generated from body cavity effusions: liquid based cytology (ClearVet) versus standard cytopsin preparations’. in:  BSAVA Congress Proceedings., pp. 550      

Kortum, A, Costa, MT, Hill, M, Parsons, KJ & Papasouliotis, K 2013, ‘Comparison of liquid based cytology (Clear Vet) with standard cytospin preparations in body cavity effusions.’. in:  Proceedings of the ECVIM Congress., pp. 294      

Delisser, PJ, Friend, EJ, Chanoit, GPA & Parsons, KJ 2012, ‘Static hydraulic urethral sphincter for treatment of urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence in 11 dogs’. The Journal of small animal practice, vol 53., pp. 338-43


  • Orthopaedics
  • Biomechanics
  • Bone


  • Osteoarthritis


  • Biomechanics
  • Forceplate
  • Accelerometers
  • GPS



Langford Clinical Veterinary Service

Research areas

Research: Infection and Immunity

Research: Comparative and Clinical

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