Rich Bristow



Veterinary Surgeon


Rich qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2005, and began work in Sussex before moving to join Greenwood and Ellis (now the Newmarket Equine Hospital) in Newmarket, where he undertook a racing internship with Godolphin, with periods in both Newmarket and Dubai. After the completion of his internship he continued to work on both race yards and studs with Greenwood and Ellis.

Following Newmarket, Rich worked for both the Chiltern Equine Clinic in Buckinghamshire and subsequently for B&W Equine near Badminton, Gloucestershire.

During this period he had responsibility for care of the Metropolitan Horses within Greater London, worked with a wide population of sports and leisure horses and began to work at multiple British Eventing Competitions. He also worked as Team Vet for the Japanese Eventing Team during their successful bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.

After a spell in the Midlands, Rich settled in Wiltshire working for the Andre Buthe Equine Clinic alongside the British Dressage and New Zealand Eventing Team Vets treating an elite population of Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping horses competing at all levels up to Olympic and Grand Prix, and undertaking numerous pre-purchase examinations across the UK and mainland Europe.

Joining Pinkham Equine in 2018, Rich has assisted with the growth of the sports horse, pony and leisure horse side of the practice with a particular focus on orthopaedic and other performance related issues. He gained his certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Lameness, Diagnosis and Therapeutics) in 2021 and in 2022 undertook further training with the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractic to become qualified to perform Equine Chiropractic.

Rich is particularly interested in pre-purchase examinations, and the investigation and management of poor performance and lameness, and enjoys integrating conventional veterinary medicine and equine chiropractic in a holistic approach to the management of sports and leisure horses.

Away from work Rich and his wife Annabel juggle children, cats, dogs, sheep, chickens and ever increasing numbers of ponies in a constant bid to ensure that at least some of them are in the correct place, most of the time.