About Us

  • Dr. Florent David
  • DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS & ECVS, Dipl. ACVSMR, ECVDI Assoc.
  • Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Florent David is a Specialist in Equine Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Diagnostic Imaging. He graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon, France in 2001 and subsequently completed an Internship and a Residency program in Equine Surgery at the University of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada. During his Residency, he completed a master’s degree on cartilage cytokine expression and osteoarthritis in Dr. Sheila Laverty's laboratory. He then took up a one-year position as a Clinical Instructor in Equine Surgery and Lameness in the same institution.

Dr. David became a board-certified specialist with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007. He was then appointed Lecturer and Chief of Service of the Large Animal Surgery Unit (2007-2014) at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland. He was granted recognition by the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging as Associate Member (Large Animals) and became board certified with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2012.

In 2014, Dr. David joined Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey, USA where he worked as an Equine Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist for 2 years. In 2017, he returned to Europe as a senior Equine Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist at Bjerke Dyrehospital, in Oslo.

Since November 2017, Dr. David has joined EVMC as Senior Equine Surgeon. He has put his energy in establishing the hospital policies and services, and particularly the Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Imaging departments.

Dr. David's clinical interest are minimally-invasive surgery (arthroscopy/tenoscopy and laparoscopy), fracture repair, emergency surgery, poor performance and lameness investigation, tendon and ligament repair, regenerative medicine, new therapeutic approach in joint disease, diagnostic ultrasonography, ultrasound-guided injections procedures and CT/MRI.

  • Ultrasonography
  • Tomographic imaging
  • Lameness investigation
  • Minimal invasive surgery

Nov. 2017 – To date

Senior Equine Surgeon

Equine Veterinary Medical Center, Doha, Qatar


Apr. 2016 - Sept. 2017

Chief Equine Surgeon

Bjerke Dyrehospital- En Rikstotoklinikk, Oslo, Norway


Apr. 2014 - Apr. 2016

Senior Equine Surgeon

Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, Ringoes, NJ, USA


April 2010

Visitor at the Equine Diagnostic Imaging Unit (contrast-CT, MRI)

New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center, Dover, New Hampshire, USA


Oct. 2009

Invited Professor in Equine Surgery

Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe (QC), Canada


Aug. 2007- Apr. 2014

Senior Clinician in Equine Surgery (combined soft tissue and orthopedic services) Lecturer in Large Animal Surgery (tenure since Jan 2012)

UCD Veterinary Hospital School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland


Aug. 2007

Private Consultancy in Equine Surgery Sports Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging

Referral work for various national and international equine practices


Aug. 2007

Veterinary Surgery Consultant

Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland


Aug. 2007

Veterinary Surgery Consultant

Irish Seal Sanctuary, Garristown, Co. Dublin, Ireland


2006 – 2007

Clinical Instructor in Equine Surgery, Emergency and Lameness

Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe (QC), Canada


March & April 2001

Clerkship in equine surgery, intensive care and medical imaging (six weeks)

Clinique chirurgicale équine des Yvelines, Paris, France Centre national du trotteur français, Grosbois, Frances


May 2012

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Fort Collins, Co, USA


Sept 2011

Associate member of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

London, United Kingdom


May 2010

Instructional Symposium on Equine Laparoscopic Surgery

East Lansing, MI, USA


June 2009

Diagnostic Ultrasonography Course

CIRALE, Dozulé, France


March 2007

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

San Diego, CA, USA


July 2007

Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dublin, Ireland


2002-2007

Master of Veterinary Sciences

Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Canada


2003-2006

Equine Surgery Residency

Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Canada


May 2004 -May 2005

North American Veterinary Licensing Examination, AO-ASIF Advanced course in Equine Osteosynthesis Principles in Equine Osteosynthesis

Columbus, OH, USA


2003-2006

Equine Surgery Residency

Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Canada


October 2002

Doctor in Veterinary Medicine

Faculté de Médecine et Pharmacie, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France


2001-2002

Rotating Internship in equine medicine surgery and anesthesiology

Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, Canada


1996-2000

Veterinary Medicine

École Nationale Vétérinaire de Lyon, Marcy l’Étoile, France


1994-1996

Veterinary Medicine

Preparatory studies to National Veterinary School admission Lycée Cours Pascal, Lyon, France


A retrospective report (2003-2013) of the complications associated with the use of a one-man (head and tail) rope recovery system in horses following general anaesthesia 
M. NiiMura del Barrio, F. David, L. Hugues, D. Clifford, H. Wilderjans, R. Bennett, Irish Veterinary Journal 2018 Feb;13:71-77.


Effect of arthroscopic lavage and repeated intra-articular administration of antibiotic on synovial nucleated cell count, total protein and percentage of neutrophils in adult horses and foals with septic arthritis
M. Cousty, C. Tricaud, J.D. Stack, F. David,, Veterinary Surgery 2017 Oct;46(7):1008-1016


Comparison of thoracic radiography and ultrasonography for detection of small-volume pneumothorax in the horse
J. Partlow, F. David,, L. Hunt, F. Relave, L. Blond, M. Pinilla, J-P. Lavoie, Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 2017 May;58(3):354-360


Intra- and interobserver reliability estimates for identification and grading of upper respiratory tract abnormalities recorded in horses at rest and during overground endoscop
C.L. McGivney, J. Sweeney, F. David,, JM O’Leary, E.W. Hill, L.M. Katz, Equine Veterinary Journal 2017, Jul; 49(4):433-437


Techniques and Indications for Intraoperative Ultrasound in Horses.
J.D. Stack, M. Cousty, R. Sanders, F. David,, Veterinary Surgery 2016 Oct;45(7):936-942


Comparison of two ultrasound-guided injection techniques targeting the sacroiliac joint region in equine cadavers.
J.D. Stack, C. Bergamino, R. Sanders, U. Fogarty, A. Puggioni, C. Kearney, F. David,, Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2016 Sep 20;29(5):386-93