Nick was Managing Partner of Rossdales between 2004 and 2012 and stood down as Senior Partner in April 2014. He has continued to act as a consultant to the practice.
Nick graduated in 1972 from Bristol University Veterinary School. He then worked in the Department of Veterinary Surgery at Bristol before undertaking a year’s clinical research funded by a Horserace Betting Levy Board Scholarship. Working with subfertile Thoroughbred mares and pony mare controls, a lifelong interest in equine reproduction developed resulting in publications on endometrial cytology and bacteriology.
In 1973 he joined Rossdale and Partners. Released in 1975/76 to work for the Imperial Stables in Iran and then Sykes and Partners in Sydney, Australia, he returned to Newmarket and became a partner in 1979.
His workload has covered the full range of horse practice. Areas of particular involvement include gynaecology, assessment of youngstock and growth problems in foals and yearlings, auction sales work and acting as an adviser to the insurance industry. He is Chairman of the Trustees of Beaufort Cottage Educational Trust and a member of the scientific sub committee of the Horse Trust and has been a member of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association/ Animal Health Trust Course of Instruction Committee for 28 years. In 2013 he joined the National Stud Training Review Group.
Caveat vendor: technology and prepurchase examinations of horses
1998, Equine Vet J, 30, 4, 274-6, PubMed: 9705106
Failure of passive transfer of colostral immunity in the foal: incidence, and the effect of stud management and plasma transfusions
1991, Vet Rec, 128, 18, 416-9, PubMed: 1853533
Prevalence of gastric lesions in foals without signs of gastric disease: an endoscopic survey
Murray MJ, Murray CM, Sweeney HJ, Weld J, Digby NJW, Stoneham SJ
1990, Equine Vet J, 22, 1, 06-Aug, PubMed: 2298194
A new insurance form
Gerring EL, Digby NJW
1989, Vet Rec, 124, 3, 71, PubMed: 2919498
Epidemiological study of wastage among racehorses 1982 and 1983
1985, Vet Rec, 116, 3, 66-9, PubMed: 3976145
A method for clitoral sinusectomy in mares
1982, In Pract, 4, 5, 145-7, PubMed: 7186893
Clitoral sinusectomy--a transatlantic farce?
1982, Vet Rec, 110, 14, 322, PubMed: 7200674
Traumatic oesophageal rupture in the horse
Digby NJW, Burguez PN
1982, Equine Vet J, 14, 2, 169-70, PubMed: 7084205
Results of concurrent bacteriological and cytological examinations of the endometrium of mares in routine stud farm practice 1978-1981
1982, J Reprod Fertil Suppl, 32, 181-5, PubMed: 6962852
Insurance of horses and the role of the veterinary surgeon
Digby NJW, Simons MA, Stockman MJ
1980, Equine Vet J, 12, 4, 171-4, PubMed: 7439140
Preliminary studies on the use of an oral progestogen to induce oestrus and ovulation in seasonally anoestrous Thoroughbred mares
1980, Equine Vet J, 12, 3, 141-5, PubMed: 7190896
The technique and clinical application of endometrial cytology in mares
1978, Equine Vet J, 10, 3, 167-70, PubMed: 567580
Genital infection in mares
1977, Vet Rec, 101, 3, 65, PubMed: 888326
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