Steve Butterworth MA; VetMB; CertVR; DSAO; MRCVS;
RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics)
Steve Butterworth graduated from Cambridge Vet school in 1986. Before establishing Weighbridge Referral Centre Steve worked as a house surgeon, in general practice and then as a lecturer in surgery at Bristol Vet School for six years.
During this time he gained Royal College Certificates in Veterinary Radiology & Small Animal Orthopaedics. He then went on to gain the RCVS diploma in small Animal Orthopaedics in 1992. This taken together with publication of several peer-reviewed scientific papers and innumerable presentations at veterinary conferences, allowed him to become an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 1995. He is currently one of only 40 (taken from the RCVS Register, December 2016) to hold this recognised status in the whole of the United Kingdom.
Steve has served on BSAVA Committees, as an examiner for both the RCVS & Bristol University & has chaired the BVOA. Over more than 20 years he has gained extensive experience in orthopaedic and spinal surgery and has become an internationally recognised speaker in the field.
Outside of work and family (with 4 very active children) Steve spends a lot of his time as a volunteer with the Scout Association and also enjoys running/keep fit, mountain biking and badminton
(Photo shows Steve in the Brecon Beacons)
Abbreviations – What do all those letters mean?
(BSAVA) – British Small Animal Veterinary Association
(RCVS) – Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
(BVOA) – British Veterinary Orthopaedic Association
MA – whilst studying at Cambridge University, Steve took a year out of the Veterinary programme to study Pathology in more depth. This resulted in him gaining a degree in Natural Sciences (Pathology). Since Cambridge do not award science degrees as such, for achieving this degree Steve was awarded a Bachelor of Arts. With continued studying in any field this then matures to a Master of Arts, or MA.
VetMB – this is the Veterinary degree awarded by Cambridge University – Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (in Latin!)
CertVR – after graduating Steve spent two years undertaking post-graduate studies leading to him passing the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Radiology.
DSAO – For the next two years Steve undertook post-graduate studies leading to him passing the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Orthopaedics and then another two years continuing these studies leading to him passing the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Orthopaedics. This diploma is accepted internationally as one of the highest qualifications in this subject.
MRCVS – shows that Steve is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and, therefore, is licensed to practice Veterinary Surgery in the UK (and some other parts of the world).
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics) – The RCVS keeps a register of Specialists in a number of fields. Small Animal Surgery is one and Small Animal Orthopaedics is a subdivision of this group. According to the RCVS’s website the status of Recognised Specialist is not easily achieved. To be included on the List, an individual must have achieved a postgraduate qualification at least at Diploma level, and must additionally satisfy the RCVS that they make an active contribution to their specialty, have national and international acclaim and publish widely in their field. Recognised Specialist status is time-bound and the individual must reapply for recognition every 5 years to maintain their name on the List. Hence, amongst the entire UK Veterinary Profession (at this time) they are the only members of the RCVS that are audited by their regulatory body with regard to their current clinical involvement and knowledge about the field in which they practice Veterinary Surgery.
What publications have Steve Butterworth’s name on them?
Apart from having spoken at several Veterinary meetings both at home and abroad, and teaching on innumerable courses for practising Veterinary Surgeons, Steve has contributed to the following publications over the past 20 years:
Papers in Scientific Journals:
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. and DENNY, H.R., (1991) Follow-up study of 100 cases with thoracolumbar disc protrusions treated by lateral fenestration. Journal of Small Animal Practice 32 443-447.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J., (1991) Open antebrachiocarpal luxation in a greyhound. Journal of Small Animal Practice 32 474-476.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. and GIBBS, C., (1992) A review of the usefulness of myelography in 50 dogs. Veterinary Record 130 461-465.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J., (1993) Congenital medial luxation of the patella in the dog. In: The Veterinary Annual 33 193-200.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J., (1993) Use of external fixators for fracture treatment in small animals. In Practice 15 183-192.
LASCELLES, B.D.X., BUTTERWORTH, S.J. and WATERMAN, A.E., (1994) The post-operative analgesic and sedative effects of carprofen and pethidine in the dog: A clinical trial. Veterinary Record 134 187-191.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J., GRIBBEN, S., SKERRY, T.M., DENNY, H.R., BARR, A.R.S. and GREGORY, S.P., (1994) Conservative and surgical treatment of canine acetabular fractures: A review of 34 cases. Journal of Small Animal Practice 35 139-143.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J., BARR, F.J., PEARSON, G.R. and DAY, M.J., (1995) Multiple discospondylitis associated with Aspergillus spp. infection in a dog. Veterinary Record 136 38-41.
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (1995) Cervical Spondylopathy in the Dobermann pinscher. Veterinary Annual 35107-117.
INNES, J.F., BUTTERWORTH, S.J., BARR, A.R.S. & DIEPPE, P.A. (1996) Bilateral, Chronic Cranial Cruciate Ligament Avulsion in a Six-Year-Old Dog. Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 9 84-87.
INNES, J.F.& BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (1996) Decision making in the treatment of pelvic fractures in small animals. In Practice 18 215-221.
DAY, M.J., BUTTERWORTH, S.J., PALMER, M.R. & CASE, C.P. (1998) Characterization of Wear Debris Associated with Aseptic Loosening of a Canine Hip Prosthesis. Journal of Comparative Pathology 119, 89-93
McKEE, W.M., BUTTERWORTH, S.J. & SCOTT, H. (1999) Management of cervical spondylopathy-associated intervertebral disc protrusions using 7.5mm and 6.0mm intervertebral metal washers in 78 dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice 40 465-472
LI, A., BENNETT, D., GIBBS, C., CARMICHAEL, S., GIBSON, N., OWEN, M., BUTTERWORTH, S.J. & DENNY, H.R. (2000) Radial carpal bone fractures in 15 dogs. Journal of Small Animal Practice 41, 74-79
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. & INNES, J.F. (2001) Incomplete Humeral Condylar Fractures in the Dog. Journal of Small Animal Practice 42, 394-398
CLEMENTS, D.N., SHORT, A.D., BARNES, A., KENNEDY, L.J., FERGUSON, J.F., BUTTERWORTH, S.J., FITZPATRICK, N., PEAD, M., BENNETT, D., INNES, J.F., CARTER, S.D. & OLLIER, W.E.R. (2009) A candidate gene study of canine joint diseases. Journal of Heredity 101, 54-60
BOUND, N., ZAKAI, D., BUTTERWORTH, S.J. & PEAD, M. (2009) The prevalence of canine patellar luxation in three centres. Veterinary Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology 22 32-37
PETTIT, R.A., TATTERSALL, J., GEMMILL, T., BUTTERWORTH, S.J., O’NEILL, T.J., LANGLEY-HOBBS, S.J., COMERFORD, E.J. & INNES, J.F. (2009) Effect of surgical technique on radiographic fusion of the anconeus in the treatment of ununited anconeal process. Journal of Small Animal Practice 50, 545-548
HARRIS, K.P., MOORES, A.P., BUTTERWORTH, S.J. & BUSH, M.A. (2011) Three cases of accessorioulnar arthrodesis to address accessory carpal bone subluxation or fracture. Veterinary Record 169181
Books / Book Chapters :-
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (1994) The Shoulder. In “Manual of Small Animal Arthrology”. Ed. J.E.F.Houlton and R.W.Collinson. British Small Animal Veterinary Association (ISBN 0 905 214 234).
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (1997) Fractures of the Tibia and Fibula. In “Manual of Fracture Management”. Ed. A. Millar and A. Coughlan. British Small Animal Veterinary Association (ISBN 0-905214-37-4 ).
DENNY, H.R. & BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (2000) A Guide to Canine and Feline Orthopaedics. 4th Edition. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford.(ISBN 0-632-05103-5)
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (2006) Long Bone – Fractures. In “Manual of Canine and Feline Musculoskeletal Imaging”. Ed. Frances J Barr and Robert M Kirberger. British Small Animal Veterinary Association (ISBN 978-0-905214-37-4 ).
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. (2006 – revised first edition) Fractures of the Tibia and Fibula. In “Manual of Fracture Management”. Ed. A. Millar and A. Coughlan. British Small Animal Veterinary Association (ISBN 0-905214-37-4 ).
BUTTERWORTH, S.J. & COOK, J.L. (2006) The Shoulder. In “Manual of Canine and Feline Musculoskeletal Disorders”. Ed. John E F Houlton, James L Cook, John F Innes and Sorrel J Langley-Hobbs. British Small Animal Veterinary Association (ISBN 978-0-905214-80-1 ).