Tom Hughes qualified from Cambridge University in 2001, after which he spent 3 years working in ambulatory equine practice in Cambridgeshire. He then undertook a 3-year residency in equine surgery at the Royal Veterinary College, remaining there as a university equine surgeon until, in 2007, he joined the surgical and lameness referral service at Liphook Equine Hospital, where he is now a partner. He achieved the European Diploma in Equine Surgery, gaining European Specialist status, in 2008 and was recognised by the RCVS as a Specialist in equine surgery in 2010. Tom spends his days examining and treating lameness and surgical cases in a referral setting, with a particular interest in lameness diagnosis, poor performance, and all types of orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery. Outside work he enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.