Dean Richardson DVM, DACVS

Dr. Richardson is the Charles W. Raker Chair in Equine Surgery and Chief of Large Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center. His research and clinical interests have focused on improving fracture repair and joint surgery.

Dr. Richardson received his veterinary degree from The Ohio State University in 1979 and completed his internship at New Bolton Center, where he has been ever since. He is perhaps best known as leader of the New Bolton Center veterinary team that treated 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro following serious hind leg injuries sustained in the Preakness Stakes. Despite his administrative load, Dr. Richardson maintains a busy clinical practice, oversees a research laboratory and still greatly enjoys teaching veterinary students, interns and residents.

His accolades include numerous teaching awards as well as the 1997 Pfizer Award for Excellence in Research, the 2006 Special Eclipse Award from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (as part of “Team Barbaro”), and a Special Commendation from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007.