Through our research, we develop new diagnostic tests, treatments and vaccines to help thousands of animals.

Meet the world-class scientists spearheading our research programmes.

Head of research

Dr Mark Vaudin

Dr Mark Vaudin

CEO

Mark is an experienced genome scientist and geneticist, whose expertise is recognised internationally. Mark has been CEO of the AHT since 2013.

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Bacteriology research

Dr Andrew Waller

Dr Andrew Waller

Head of Bacteriology Research

Andrew’s research is dedicated to improving the health of animals by reducing the incidence of streptococcal disease, such as Strangles.

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Cancer research in dogs

Dr Mike Starkey

Dr Mike Starkey

Head of Molecular Oncology

The primary aim of Mike’s research is to identify biomarkers of tumours and tumour behaviour.

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Cancer research in horses

Dr. Anna Hollis

Dr. Anna Hollis

Director of Equine Referral Clinic

Anna is pioneering new ways to treat difficult cancers in horses and is undertaking research to better understand why equines develop sarcoids, to help us understand this cancer further.

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Clinical research in cats and dogs

Dr Luisa De Risio

Dr Luisa De Risio

Head of Neurology/ Neurosurgery, Small Animal, and Head of Clinical Research

RCVS and EBVS® European Specialist in Veterinary Neurology, Luisa’s main areas of interest are epilepsy, hereditary neurological disorders, neurosurgery, and feline neurology.

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Clinical research in horses

Dr. Anna Hollis

Dr. Anna Hollis

Director of Equine Referral Clinic

Anna is pioneering new ways to treat difficult cancers in horses and is undertaking research to better understand why equines develop sarcoids, to help us understand this cancer further.

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Disease Surveillance and Epidemiology research

Dr Richard Newton

Dr Richard Newton

Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance

Richard advises the equine industry on matters of disease prevention and control and sits on the Veterinary Committees of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA).

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Immunology research

Dr María Rocío López-Álvarez

Dr María Rocío López-Álvarez

Postdoctoral Scientist, Immunology

Maria’s research focuses on the function of the innate immune system during strangles, primarily on the initial host/pathogen interactions and how this can lead to the initiation and definition of subsequent adaptive immune responses against S. equi.

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Genetics research

Dr Cathryn Mellersh

Dr Cathryn Mellersh

Head of Canine Genetics

Cathryn's research aims to understand the genetic basis of inherited conditions that affect specific breeds of dogs. Her team identify the mutation(s) that are associated with inherited diseases and develop DNA tests.

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Stem Cell research

Dr Debbie Guest

Dr Debbie Guest

Head of Stem Cell Research

Debbie’s research aims to utilise stem cells in veterinary medicine both for therapeutic applications and as a tool to study inherited diseases.

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Virology research

Dr Debra Elton

Dr Debra Elton

Head of Virology

Debra's teams are currently studying equine influenza virus (EIV) and equine herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1). Debra has over 30 year’s experience in virology, including influenza virus replication, assembly and transmission.

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