Keynote Speakers


Dr Tim Mair (UK)

Tim Mair graduated from the University of Bristol in 1980. He then worked for two years in mixed practice before returning to Bristol as a Horserace Betting Levy Board scholar undertaking research in equine immunology and respiratory disease. He obtained a PhD in 1986, and then stayed at Bristol as a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Equine Medicine. He returned to equine practice in 1989, joining Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in 1993. His main interests are equine internal medicine, soft tissue surgery (including colic surgery) and advanced imaging. He is a founding Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine, and is an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. He has been editor of Equine Veterinary Education since 1996. He currently works as Equine Veterinary Director of CVS Ltd, whilst still working as a clinician at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic. He is an Honorary Professor of the Royal Veterinary College and is the current President of the British Equine Veterinary Association.


Dr Tracy Turner (USA)

Dr Tracy Turner received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1978. He completed an internship at the University of Georgia and a surgical residency as well as a Master of Science degree at Purdue University in 1981. He served on the faculty of the Universities of Illinois, Florida and Minnesota. At Minnesota, he was Head of Large Animal Surgery and attained the rank of full Professor before leaving academics to join Anoka Equine Clinic. In 2016, he started his own practice dedicated to Sports Medicine and Surgery. Turner's primary research efforts have focused on equine lameness with particular interest in equine podiatry, back issues in horses, rehabilitation and thermography. He pioneered the use of thermography as a diagnostic aid in lameness evaluation, as well as its use in horse welfare regulation. Turner is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Thermology.


Dr Rachael Smith

Dr Rachael Smith is a Registered Specialist and Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the Equine Centre, The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University. After graduating from Massey University in 1998 Dr Smith spent three years in a busy large animal private practice in Waikato, NZ, during this time completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Science, the centrepiece being a thesis on arytenoid chondritis. Rachael then worked in equine practice in Newmarket and Essex for a year before completing a Residency in Equine Surgery at Murdoch University. Rachael is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in both Equine Medicine (2003) and Equine Surgery(2004), and in 2007 achieved Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS Equine Surgery). Rachael's principle interests include general and soft tissue surgery, and lameness and poor performance diagnostics and management in the equine athlete.


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