Welcome to our first blog from The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic!

We are excited to be gearing up to opening, and we will use this blog to discuss some of the common conditions we see as orthopaedic surgeons but for this, our first entry, we thought we should let you meet the team and introduce ourselves.

An established partnership

The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic is the brainchild of Andy Moores and Richard Hoile. Andy and Richard previously established and grew Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists, a successful referral hospital near Winchester. They had long-thought there was a gap in the referral market for a stand-alone orthopaedic clinic for cats and dogs which offered high quality treatment at a reasonable price. A change of ownership of Anderson Moores in 2021 was the impetus for Richard and Andy to start their journey towards setting up The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic. A beautiful purpose-built barn near Basingstoke will be home to the MOC where the established partnership of Andy and Richard will continue to provide exceptional clinical standards of affordably priced veterinary care to cats and dogs.

Andy Moores BVSc, DSAS (Ortho), DipECVS, FRCVS

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. You can follow Andy on Twitter via @OrthoVet.

Richard Hoile

Richard expertly looks after the operational side of The Moores Orthopaedic Clinic. He has a background in finance, and initially spent the first 10 years of his career in the Far East and North America before returning to London in 1996 to specialise in project finance. He has a wealth of knowledge in the veterinary industry, and he was the only “non-vet” founding shareholder of Anderson Moores, which he set up with his wife, Dr Davina Anderson, a soft tissue surgeon, in 2006. In 2014 Richard left finance and became the CEO of the company full time and steered it through a period of rapid expansion.

Richard has a black Labrador called Sita, runs coastal half-marathons very slowly, and has a continuing interest in politics having stood (and failed spectacularly) in the general election in 2001

The wider team

Stay tuned to hear more about our other members of the Moores Orthopaedic Clinic team. Andy will be joined by another Specialist surgeon and needless to say we have a fantastic nursing team to look after our patients. If you would like to join our team, then please let us know. We would love to hear from you.