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

Primary expertise: Musculoskeletal, imaging, oncology and physiology 

Chair of VAC

Dr Emma Adam BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS
Assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, leading on equine stakeholder outreach and liaison; research structure; and veterinary CPD

Primary expertise: Musculoskeletal Science and Infectious Disease


Dr Mark Bowen BVSc, PhD, MMS, FRCVS

Independent consultant Professor and Director of Education, European Board of Veterinary Specialisation

Primary expertise: Equine Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Education

Chair of the Codes of Practice Sub-Committee

Professor John Burford MA, VetMB, PhD, FRCVS 
Clinical and research specialist in equine surgery at the University of Nottingham vet school

Primary expertise: Equine Surgery 


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

Primary expertise: Immunology and Microbiology 

Member of the Education Sub-Committee

Ms Caroline George BVMS, MRCVS
Veterinary Practitioner, Lambourn Equine Vets

Primary expertise: Racehorse and Sports Horse Medicine

Member of the Education Sub-Committee and the Thoroughbred Research Consultation Group

Professor Lutz Goehring DVM, MS, PhD
Professor of Equine Infectious Diseases, the Gluck institute, University of Kentucky Edinburgh

Primary expertise: Internal Medicine and Virology


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

University of Glasgow 

Primary expertise: Internal medicine 


Dr Patrick Sells BVSc, BSc, MCVS

Director of Orbital Veterinary Services

Primary expertise: Reproduction, neonatology, stud medicine

Member of the Education Sub-Committee

Dr Ellen Singer BA, DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVS/ECVS FRCVS

Equine Surgeon, Sussex Equine Hospital

Primary expertise: Equine Surgery with Orthopaedic bias, Poor performance in the Equine Athlete, Veterinary Education

Research focus: Bone biology and biomechanics

Chair of the Education Sub Committee

Dr Katherine Staines BSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton

Primary expertise: Musculoskeletal Biology & orthopaedics 



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

Primary expertise: Reproduction and Stud Medicine

Member of the Education Sub-Committee

Last Updated: 09 January 2024