Dr. Debbie Archer Dr. Debra Archer: Debbie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and worked in mixed and equine practice before undertaking an equine surgical residency at the University of Liverpool  in 2000. During this time Debbie gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (soft tissue). Debbie also gained the ECVS Diploma in Equine Surgery in 2004. She completed a PhD between 2003-2006 investigating the epidemiology of colic at the University of Liverpool before returning to work at the Equine Hospital as a Senior Lecturer in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 2006.

Debbie is a keen rider and has been a treating vet at Bramham and Hartpury 3 day events for the last 5 years.


Dr. Pat Harris Dr. Pat Harris: After qualifying from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1983 and working there as a House Physician, Pat completed her PhD at the AHT, Newmarket into 'Some aspects of the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome'. She joined the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition in 1995 and is responsible for the research carried out by the Equine Studies group, which provides the science behind the SPILLERS®, BUCKEYE® and WINERGY® brands. Pat is currently Director of Science at MARS HorseCare, as well as Adjunct Professor of Equine Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, an Honorary Professor in Equine Nutrition, University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and an European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition. She is a Past President of the British Equine Veterinary Association, has been on the editorial board of several journals, was a reviewer for the NRC Nutrient requirements of Horses (2007) and recently was a NRC committee member on the Safety of dietary supplements for horses, dogs and cats (2009). Pat lectures all over the world on nutrition as it affects the health, welfare, behaviour and performance of the horse. She is the author or co-author of numerous lay as well as over 350 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters.


Professor Ken Hinchcliff Professor Ken Hinchcliff: A graduate of the Melbourne Veterinary School, Kenneth is Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Melbourne. After several years in practice in Victoria, Australia, he completed an advanced training program in large animal internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD at the Ohio State University. Kenneth was a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine at OSU, rising to professor, before joining the University of Melbourne in 2007. He is a registered specialist in equine medicine and the author of over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, several scholarly books including the 9th and 10th (2006) editions of "Veterinary Medicine", the first edition of the textbook "Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery", the 2nd edition of "Five Minute Veterinary Consult - Equine" (2009) numerous book chapters, and other scholarly works. Professor Hinchcliff's research has focused on exercise science, and in particular the use of drugs in performance horses and metabolic changes during exercise.


Dr. David Marlin Dr. David Marlin: David Marlin studied physiology and computing at Stirling University and obtained his PhD from Loughborough University in 1989 after studying the responses of Thoroughbred racehorses to exercise and training at the Animal Health Trust. He then worked for 3 years in Newmarket as an exercise physiologist for racehorse trainer Luca Cumani. From 1993-1996 he undertook studies on thermoregulation and transport of horses in the build-up to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. From 1990 until 2005 he worked as Senior Scientist and Head of Physiology at the Animal Health Trust. His main areas of professional interest are respiratory physiology in man and animals in health and disease with special focus on asthma and thermoregulation and general exercise physiology.
David currently works as an independent scientific consultant, runs a supplement company and is Chief Scientific Officer in a human medical device company. He holds the academic position of Adjunct Professor in Physiology at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of over 150 scientific papers and book chapters. David's other affiliations and positions include past Chair of the International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) and editor of Comparative Exercise Physiology. He is also co-author of Equine Exercise Physiology (Blackwell).
David worked with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the British Equestrian teams in the build up to the 2008 Olympic Games. He has worked as a consultant to the British Equestrian Teams since 1994 and has been a member of the World Class Performance Scientific Advisory Group chaired by John McEwen since its inception in 2006. David's recent projects have included a review of the effects of temperature on horses during transport for DEFRA, investigation of welfare in Endurance racing for the FEI, development of testing methods for equine boots and a study of the health and welfare impact of long distance transport to slaughter in Europe for World Horse Welfare and epidemiological investigations into factors associated with elite equine performance.


Dr. Cathy McGowan Dr. Cathy McGowan: Cathy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 where she then went on to complete an Equine Internship followed by a PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology. After 3 years working in predominantly equine practice in Australia, Cathy was appointed a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. She then worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Clinical Teacher at the University of Helsinki before joining the University of Liverpool in 2008. Cathy is now Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine and holds her RCVS and European Diplomas in Equine Internal Medicine and is an RCVS Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine. Cathy's research interests in performance horse medicine have focussed on muscle diseases and muscle function (functional biomechanics) and equine physiotherapy and rehabilitation.  


Dr. Chris Proudman Dr. Chris Proudman: Chris Proudman graduated from the University of Cambridge and worked for 2 years in mixed practice. He undertook a three-year residency training in Equine Gastroenterology and Soft-Tissue Surgery at the University of Liverpool followed by a PhD in equine intestinal disease and appointment to a lectureship. In 2005 he was appointed to the Chair in Equine Studies at Liverpool. He holds the RCVS Diploma of Fellowship in Equine Gastroenterology, and is an RCVS Specialist in Equine Gastroenterology. Chris has published widely on intestinal health and disease in the horse and currently supervises several intestinal health-related research projects. He has research and clinical interests in racehorses and is part of the veterinary team at Haydock Park racecourse and for Aintree's Grand National meeting.


Nicole Rombach \ Nicole Rombach - Nicole attained the ITEC human massage qualification in 1997, the Equinology Equine Body Worker ® certification in 1998 and the Equinology Master Equine Body Worker ® certification in 1999. She completed the Masters degree programme in Animal Manipulation from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and University of Wales in the United Kingdom. Her MSc research focused on thermographic imaging in conjunction with equine veterinarians to aid their diagnostic procedures. Nicole is the President of Equinenergy Ltd. and Caninenergy Ltd., the United Kingdom divisions of Equinology,Inc. and Caninology,Inc. From 2003 to 2009 she was based in São Paulo, Brazil, working in direct liaison with veterinary clinics, focusing on complementary therapies for sports performance horses from novice to Olympic level. Nicole is currently undertaking a PhD at the McPhail Equine Performance Center/College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, investigating equine neck pain, pathology and dysfunction. Nicole regularly lectures at various universities and for professional associations including the South American Veterinary Conference in Rio de Janeiro in 2003 and 2004 and CESMAS (Norway) 2004. She travels to Europe and Brazil on a regular basis to teach some of the Equinology course modules and to work on her established clientele of sport horses. In her spare time she produces her own horses for dressage and showjumping competitions and she currently holds Brazilian state and national titles.


Dr. Narelle Stubbs Dr. Narelle Stubbs - B.AppSc (PT), M.AnimSt (Animal Physiotherapy), PhD (submitted). Narelle is a Physiotherapist, University of Sydney Australia graduate (1993), gaining Chartered society of Animal Physiotherapy title while practicing in the UK 1995-2003 with a focus on animal physiotherapy both small and large. She returned to Australia (2003-2008) to teach and complete the Post Graduate Masters in Animal Physiotherapy program at the University of Queensland (UQ). Her PhD research (UQ) focused on the epaxial musculature and its relationship with back pain in the horse. Narelle is the Official Australian Equestrian Team Physiotherapist (1998-current) across disciplines: World Equestrian Games (1998, 2002, 2006, 2010), Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). Narelle is currently a research associate and clinician at the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University which is internationally renowned for expertise and the facilities that enable her research and clinical interests to be fulfilled: biomechanics, back and neck dysfunction, rehabilitation techniques, the horse - rider unit and athletic performance.


Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck Dr. Emmanuelle van Erck graduated in 1996 from the French Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort. She obtained a PhD on respiratory function testing in horses at the University of Liège (Belgium). After working two years at the equine clinic at the veterinary school of Lyon (France), she returned to the Equine Sports Medicine Centre in Liège in 2000. She specialized in the investigation of performance and poor performance in equine athletes of all disciplines, from racing Thouroughbreds to elite endurance horses. From 2006, she contributed to developing the equine sports medicine unit in the CIRALE in Normandy (France) where she consulted as senior clinician.
Emmanuelle was appointed « de facto » diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) in 2008. She is author or co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly lectures at international conferences.
In January 2010, she developed her own ambulatory referral practice in equine internal and sports medicine, based in Belgium. She is preparing the French national show jumping team for the next London Olympics.


Professor René van Weeren Dr. Professor René van Weeren: René graduated in 1983 from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and stayed there at the Department of General and Large Animal Surgery. In 1989 he defended his PhD-thesis entitled "Skin displacement in equine kinematic gait analysis".
From 1991 until 1993 he worked at the Veterinary School of the "Universidad Nacional" in Heredia, Costa Rica. After returning to Utrecht, he qualified as a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994 and became an associate professor in 1996. He was appointed as full professor in Equine Musculoskeletal Biology in 2007.
Currently he is mainly involved in research and was the manager of a large project focusing on the influence of exercise on the development of the equine musculoskeletal system and osteochondrosis. His areas of interest are articular cartilage, tendons and biomechanics. He has been a supervisor of 18 PhD students, and is currently supervising 8 others. He is an associate editor of Equine Veterinary Journal and has been external examiner for PhD students in the UK, France, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Norway and Finland. He is author of over 175 peer-reviewed scientific publications or book chapters. He is currently Head of Department of the Utrecht Department of Equine Sciences.


Dr. Lesley Young Dr. Lesley Young: Lesley Young graduated from the university of Liverpool in 1987. After a short spell at Glasgow, she attained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1990 and worked as a lecturer in anaesthesia at Liverpool vet school until 1991 whereupon she moved north to gain a PhD in the effects of general anaesthesia on the equine heart. Her interest in equine cardiovascular physiology then shifted slightly to the clinical cardiology of athletic horses and she ran a referral cardiology and sports medicine service at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, making significant contributions to applied clinical research in both equine cardiovascular function under general anaesthesia and sports horse cardiology during that period. She obtained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2000, was awarded a European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine in 2005 and RCVS recognised specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology in 2006. Since December 2005, she has provided an ambulatory equine cardiology referral service to general practitioners throughout the UK and Europe.