Ian graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and spent five years in private practice before returning to the University as Lecturer in Equine Surgery. After five years in this position, he moved to the Animal Health Trust where he spent six years as Senior Equine Surgeon, and Head of the Equine Clinical Unit. He joined Greenwood Ellis & Partners in 1996 and is now a partner in the practice, where he runs the surgical referral service.
Ian obtained the Diploma in Equine Orthopaedics from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1991 and became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgery in 1993. To date he has made over 150 national/international scientific presentations and taught post-graduate courses in surgery, arthroscopy, internal fixation, stud medicine and diagnostic techniques.
He has published over 50 papers on equine surgery and orthopaedics, written five book chapters and edited two text books including the 2005 third edition of Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse. He has been recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a specialist in equine surgery since 1992 and was awarded the Equine Veterinary Journal Richard Hartley Clinical Prize in 1994 and 1999.