Skip to Content
Dr. McIlwraith obtained his veterinary degree from Massey University, New Zealand in 1971. He practiced in New Zealand and the UK, followed by an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada, a surgical residency at Purdue University and obtained MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. Since 1979 he has been a faculty member at Colorado State University. Currently he is a University Distinguished Professor, holds the Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics and is founding Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and the Musculoskeletal Research Program at Colorado State University. He also has a referral surgical practice in Southern California and consults elsewhere in the US and also in Ireland, England and France. He is a recognized leader in the fields of equine orthopaedic surgery and research. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK). He is a Past President of AAEP, ACVS and The Veterinary Orthopaedic Society.
Honors include doctoral degrees (honoris causa) from the University of Vienna, Purdue University, Massey University, the University of Turin and the University of London, the Tierklinik Hochmoor Prize for international contributions to equine orthopaedics 1993, the Schering-Plough Award for outstanding research in equine locomotor disorders from the World Equine Veterinary Association in 1995, Jacques Jenny Lecturer at the Veterinary Orthopaedic Society 1997, John Hickman Award for equine orthopaedics from the British Equine Veterinary Association 1997, induction into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame 2005, Frank Milne Lecturer Lifetime Contribution Award from the American Association of Equine Practitioners 2005, Founders Award for Lifetime Achievement from American College Veterinary Surgeons 2006, Scholarship Impact Award from Colorado State University 2007, Distinguished Life Member AAEP 2009, Life Member New Zealand Equine Veterinary Association 2011, Markowitz Award from the Academy of Surgical Research 2013, the Marshall R. Urist MD Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research from the Orthopaedic Research Society 2014, as well as, AAEP Distinguished Service Award 2014.
His research interests focus on equine orthopaedic surgery and joint disease research including novel treatments for osteoarthritis and articular cartilage repair, mesenchymal stem cell therapies, and early diagnosis of osteoarthritis in pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.
Page authorised by Director, Massey University Foundation
Last updated on Friday 19 January 2018