Veterinary Advisory Committee

HBLB has appointed the Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC) to advise it on HBLB’s veterinary investment. The ultimate aim of this veterinary investment is to improve the health and welfare of the racing or breeding Thoroughbred horse. The VAC supports this aim by recommending investment in priority areas identified in consultation with the racing and breeding industries.

Recommendations are made by the VAC across a range of activities including on-going research projects, education awards, and disease surveillance. It has also appointed the Education Sub-Committee to advise it on education awards; the Codes of Practice Sub-Committee to advise on the annual Codes of Practice on equine diseases; and the Thoroughbred Research and Consultation Group to advise on research scope and priorities.

The current members are listed below:

Professor Emeritus Sandy Love BVMS PhD MRCVS 
Former Deputy Head of School of Veterinary Medicine

University of Glasgow 

Primary expertise: Internal medicine 

Chairman of VAC

Professor Matthew Allen MA Vet MB PhD
Professor of Small Animal Surgery, Cambridge Veterinary School

Primary expertise: Musculoskeletal, imaging, oncology and physiology 


Professor Gary Entrican BSc PhD
Honorary Professor, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Primary expertise: Immunology and Microbiology 

Member of the Education Sub-Committee

Professor Colin Farquharson BSc PhD MB
Professor of Skeletal Biology, Roslin Institute, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh

Primary expertise: Musculoskeletal biology, Endocrinology and Orthopaedics 


Ms Caroline George BVMS MRCVS
Veterinary Practitioner, Lambourn Equine Vets

Primary expertise: Racehorse and Sports Horse Medicine

Member of the Education Sub-Committee

Dr Rob van Pelt BSc BVSC MRCVS
Veterinary practitioner, Sussex Equine Hospital

Primary expertise: Thoroughbred Medicine and Lameness

Chairman of Codes of Practice Sub-Committee

Professor Christopher Proudman MA Vet MB PhD Cert EO FRCVS RCVS Specialist in Equine Gastroenterology
Professor and Head of School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford

Primary expertise: General Surgery, Gastroenterology, Parasitology and Epidemiology

Chairman of the Thoroughbred Research Consultation Group

Professor Falko Steinbach PhD MRCVS
Head of Mammalian Virology, Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), Surrey

Primary expertise: Virology and Immunology


Professor Tom Stout MA Vet MB PhD MRCVS Dipl. ECAR KNMvD
Professor of Equine Medicine and Reproduction, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Primary expertise: Reproduction and Stud Medicine

Chairman of the Education Sub-Committee
Last Updated: 12 April 2021