Our study has its roots in research that was conducted by Claire Wylie, during a three-year PhD project on equine laminitis funded by World Horse Welfare. Claire worked with Kristien, Richard and Simon, to look at the frequency of, and risk factors associated with, laminitis in a group of animals that were registered with participating veterinary practices.
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We now have well over 900 horses & ponies enrolled. This is the distribution of our CARE members in February 2015.
The Study Team
Ms Danica (Dee) Pollard - email@example.com
Dee is a PhD student registered with the RVC and based full time at the AHT in Newmarket. She is the main point of contact for this study. Dee earned a BSc degree at Rhodes University, South Africa, after which she completed an Erasmus Mundus MSc in Animal Breeding and Genetics at both Wageningen University, The Netherlands and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. Dee has an interest in equine health and welfare and she has conducted research on the transmission of dwarfism in the Friesian horse and the management of inherited disorders in European sports horses. Dee has worked at Wageningen University as a researcher and at the RVC Distance Learning office before undertaking this project. She enjoys cycling and dabbling in the garden. She has a cheeky Haflinger called Canny (pictured) and two cats, Solna and Gamling.
Dr Claire Wylie
Claire currently works as a Resident in Equine Clinical Research at Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket, funded by the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust. She graduated as a vet in 2004 from the University of Edinburgh and went on to earn an MSc in Equine Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2007. Claire’s main areas of research have been Equine Grass Sickness (EGS) and laminitis. She was a member of the EGS Surveillance Scheme team at the AHT and in 2008 she commenced her PhD on the Epidemiology of Equine Laminitis in conjunction with the AHT and the RVC - earning her doctorate in 2012. Claire enjoys running and has signed up for the Great North Run in September 2014. Claire's pony, Shamrock (pictured here), is currently British Horse Society Scotland’s recipient of the Tarragon Trophy for Equine Personality of the Year!
Dr Kristien Verheyen
Kristien is currently Senior Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) where she combines her research interests in equine epidemiology with teaching evidence-based medicine, research skills, epidemiology and biostatistics at under- and post-graduate level. Current and recent research projects focus on racehorse injury epidemiology, early pregnancy loss in Thoroughbred mares, management of animals in natural disasters, welfare issues affecting working equids overseas and, of course, equine laminitis.
Kristien graduated as a vet from the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1995 and joined the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in 1997, providing veterinary care for the AHT’s pony herd and getting involved in equine infectious diseases research. She obtained an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2002 and completed her PhD degree on injuries in flat racehorses in 2005, funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the Horse Trust. Kristien joined the RVC as a lecturer in 2005. Outside of work, Kristien enjoys spending time with Mambo, her ex-racehorse, which she competes at local unaffiliated events (with varying degrees of success!). She also has two lurchers, Jack and Ellie, and a lovely old cottage in constant need of TLC.
Dr Richard Newton
Richard is currently Head of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance at the Animal Health Trust. The group at the AHT has programmes on infectious disease surveillance in the UK for which it prepares quarterly disease reports for Defra and regular updates on global equine disease occurrence through the International Collating Centre. He also oversees dedicated programmes on grass sickness surveillance and vaccination and epidemiological research of equine laminitis and advises the equine industry on matters of disease prevention and control. After graduating in Veterinary Science from Liverpool University in 1991 and working in mixed veterinary practice in Herefordshire and South Shropshire, Richard joined the Epidemiology Unit of the Animal Health Trust in 1994. Since completing a Masters in Communicable Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in November 1998 he has worked on the epidemiology of a variety of diseases of companion animals, including grass sickness, EIPH and strangles in horses and influenza, including cross-species transmission from horses to dogs. He completed his PhD on the epidemiology of equine infectious respiratory disease in 2002 and in 2003 was awarded the Diploma of Fellowship from the Royal College Veterinary Surgeons. Away from work Richard enjoys cycling and, along with his long-suffering wife, running an evening and weekend taxi service for his three sons, who manage to keep them busy with their various sporting and ‘cultural’ interests!