Education Awards

Since the 1960s, HBLB has supported post-graduate education for qualified veterinary surgeons to further their equine career through higher clinical or research qualifications. Over £10m has been invested to maintain a pool of highly skilled equine veterinary researchers and clinicians. 

The recipients of HBLB education awards have included a number of full professors and senior lecturers in veterinary schools, many senior posts in industry and government and numerous clinical veterinary surgeons in both university and private practice.

Equine research leaders and industry figures who are former HBLB Scholars include the Director of the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare at the University of Glasgow, Professor and Head of School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey and Head of the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Edinburgh.

In practice, former HBLB Scholars include the Managing Partner of Rossdale & Partners Veterinary Surgeons, Newmarket and leading veterinary surgeons at Sussex Equine Hospital and Three Counties Equine Hospital, as well as senior veterinarians at the university equine hospitals.

Shown below are the ongoing education awards. Applications for Scholarships to start in 2019 are now open.  The deadline is 2pm on Monday 18 June 2018.

Current Research Scholarships



Field of Scholarship and title of project


Alexandra Draper

Prof Richard Piercy 

Equine Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy 
Aetiology and pathogenesis of Equine Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy 

Royal Veterinary College

Zofia Lisowski

Dr Neil Hudson

Equine colic, intestinal inflammation and dysfunction
Targeting the macrophage and mast cell in equine postoperative ileus

University of Edinburgh

Robert Coultous

Dr William Weir

Equine piroplasmosis – detection and transmission risk
Equine piroplasmosis: evaluating the threat to the UK and Ireland

University of Glasgow

Rachel Jago Dr John Keen

Equine cardiovascular imaging and sports science 

Advanced echocardiographic evaluation of the equine athletic heart

University of Edinburgh
Current Clinical Scholarships



Field of Scholarship and title of project


Laura Fitzharris

Dr Kate Allen

Equine Sports Medicine
Evaluate the validity of respiratory muscle training as a non-surgical treatment for upper airway collapse

University of Bristol

Giulia Lipreri

Dr Luis Rubio Martinez

Equine Surgery and Orthopaedic Research
What adaptive changes occur in the subchondral and proximal trabecular bone of the proximal first phalanx with maturation and race-training?

University of Liverpool

Robyn Graham

Dr Sarah Taylor

Equine Orthopaedic Diagnostic Imaging and Surgery
Metabolomics as a predictor of metacarp(tarso)phalangeal subchondral bone disease in the Thoroughbred racehorse

University of Edinburgh

Alejandro Suarez Bonnet Dr Simon Priestnall

Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
The species and prevalance of mycoplasmas in the airways of Thoroughbred horses

Royal Veterinary College
Francesca Worsman Dr John Keen

Equine Internal Medicine
Real-time three-dimesional (4D) echocardiographic assessment of the equine left atrium

University of Edinburgh
Guido Rocchigiani Dr Ranieri Verin 

Equine Thoroughbred Racehorse Pathology

Pathogenesis of exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH) and exercise associated fatal pulmonary haemorrhage (EAFPH) in racing horses 

University of Liverpool
Last Updated: 26 April 2018