Dr Marc Walton is a practicing private Veterinarian who qualified with a BSc (Animal Science) 1996 and BVSc in 2001. Dr Walton has a special interest in equine exercise physiology and medicine, and has completed post graduate subjects in Equine Medicine (2008) and Equine Radiology (2015). Dr Walton achieved international recognition as an endurance veterinarian including highest level 4 Star FEI International Endurance Riding accreditation; for both treatment and as a line veterinarian. He was regularly Head Treatment Vet at Southern Africa’s most prestigious endurance rides including Walvis Bay, Fauresmith 200 km and Tri Nations Championships for the last 16 years. Marc regularly attends international rides including the Russian National Endurance Championships 2017. Dr Walton also has Provincial and National colours with the Western Province Endurance and South African National team, where he was the Veterinarian and coach of the national team at the World Junior Championships, Hungary 2010. Dr Walton was the national team vet at the World Equestrian Games, North Carolina (USA), 2018.
His achievements include being awarded SA Young Veterinarian of the year award 2010 and was the first South African Veterinarian to be invited to present a lecture at the International Veterinary Endurance Congress (IVEC), Tryon (USA) 2019. Dr Walton is currently an associate at the prestigious Summerveld Equine Hospital, Natal.
Marc regularly lectures both horse owners and Vets in aspects of equine endurance medicine, and has published equine articles in Vet News, Horse Quarterly, Equine Vet Journal and the SA Endurance Magazine amongst others.
Dr Walton has been involved with horses as an owner and rider since the age of 5. Marc is a proud husband to Julie (an accomplished horse rider and instructor) and they have three boys (11, 9 and 7 years old). On the rare occasion that he isn’t working, he can be found water skiing, trail running, or playing really really bad golf.