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Albert Sole Guitart

After graduation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2007, Albert did an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada followed by a private practice internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Kentucky. Albert moved to the University of California, Davis for his surgical training where he stayed and worked as an Equine Surgical Specialist for a further two years. After that, Albert moved to Australia in 2014 and worked at Camden Equine Centre, University of Sydney for almost 3 years before joining the University of Queensland. Albert is a specialist in equine surgery, and he became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in February 2013.

Alex Young

Alex is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and registered specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging having trained for 6 years at the University of California, Davis. She completed a rigorous 2 year fellowship in Large Animal Ultrasound during this time and although she is trained as a veterinary radiologist for all species, Alex’s primary interest remains equine musculoskeletal imaging. Alex currently works part time as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Queensland and part time as a private consultant equine teleradiologist. She thoroughly enjoys training veterinary students and practitioners in various imaging techniques as well as the value of a multi-modality approach to the more challenging clinical cases.

Andres Diaz Mendez

Andrés is a lecturer at The University of Melbourne who earned his veterinary degree from the Universidad de La Salle in Bogotá, Colombia. After moving to Canada in 1999, he pursued his postgraduate education at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, where he earned his MSc in clinical studies in 2006 working on equine respiratory viruses and a PhD in veterinary virology in 2012 focused on the picornavirus equine rhinitis A virus. Andrés then continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the Firestone Equine Respiratory Research Laboratory at the University of Guelph until his relocation to Melbourne in 2014.

Angus McKinnon

Angus graduated from Melbourne University Veterinary School. After a short time in a mixed rural practice, he received an offer of a residency at the Ontario Veterinary College. As he was a slow learner, he was there for 5 years. That was followed by another 5 years at Colorado State University where he was fortunate enough to learn from the “the big three” in Equine Reproduction of Squires, Voss and Pickett. After returning to Australia, he established the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital with Jim Vasey. Recently the Hospital was sold to Melbourne University as part of their teaching program for students. Having the students present all the time and being responsible for their practical training has been a rewarding experience for all of the staff at GVEH.

 
Brian Anderson

*  BVSc with distinction 1986 (Massey University, New Zealand), MVSc in Equine Pharmacology and internship in equine medicine and surgery 1989-1991 (Massey University New Zealand).

*  Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons 1996 in Large Animal Surgery.

*  Specialist in Equine Surgery Victoria, Australia since 2009.

Brian has many years of experience in upper respiratory tract surgery of the horse. He co-authored the chapter on the Larynx in Auer and Stick: Equine Surgery 4th edition. He was the endoscopic consultant for New Zealand Bloodstock Ltd 1996-2000 and has researched, published and lectured on diseases and conditions of the upper respiratory tract nationally and internationally.

Chelsie Burden

Dr Burden graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She subsequently completed an internship at Oklahoma City Equine Clinic followed by a residency and master’s degree at the Colorado State University Equine Reproduction laboratory. Dr. Burden became board-certified with the American College of Theriogenologists in 2015. Dr Burden transitioned to Australia (Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital) following her residency. She continued transitioning between the southern and northern hemisphere breeding seasons working at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky, Haras Al Boraq in Morocco, and the University of Florida before settling in Australia in 2017. Dr Burden’s interests focus on the problem broodmare and assisted reproductive technology in the mare. 

Ed has fourteen years equine practice experience . He holds post-graduate qualifications in Stud-Medicine/ Reproduction, Equine Surgery and Veterinary Epidemiology. Since involvement in the first identification of Australian bat lyssavirus spillover to domestic mammalian species in 2013, he has led the ‘Horses as Sentinels’ research. The research hypothesised that some disease in horses consistent with HeV, but negative when tested, is due to infection with novel viruses that may similarly spill-over from flying-foxes posing potential zoonotic risk. This research recently identified a hitherto unrecognised, equally-pathogenic HeV variant.

James Gilkerson

James Gilkerson is an internationally recognised expert in veterinary virology and microbiology. Professor Gilkerson is a graduate of the University of Sydney and has been a faculty member at the Melbourne Veterinary School since 2002. Professor Gilkerson’s research is predominantly in the area of host-pathogen interaction and the epidemiology of infectious disease, with a focus on equine infectious diseases. In recent years this research has included the use of big data to describe antimicrobial use in veterinary practice and antimicrobial stewardship in the veterinary sector. James is an EVA past-President and is a Fellow of the Australian Veterinary Association.

Joan Carrick

Joan is Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal) and a registered specialist in Equine Medicine with a special interest in prevention of equine pregnancy loss. Joan graduated from the University of Queensland’s Veterinary School in 1981. Post graduate training includes first-class honours in Equine Medicine, a residency in Large Animal Medicine and a MVSc. at the WCVM, University Saskatchewan, Canada, a PhD from University of Georgia, and a critical care fellowship at University of Tennessee Medical School. Joan is currently a specialist consultant who manages high risk pregnant mares and investigates equine pregnancy loss.

Josh Slater

Josh Slater is Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the Melbourne Veterinary School where is Head of Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. He is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations and was secretary to the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. He was biosecurity advisor for the 2008 and 2012 Equestrian Olympic Games, and the 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games. He is a co-director of the British Animal Rescue Trauma Association and is chairman of the Horse Trust in the UK.

Kirsten Bailey

Kirsten completed her veterinary degree at the University of Queensland in 2000 and worked in mixed practices in Victoria and the United Kingdom before completing an equine internship at the University of Melbourne. Following her internship, Kirsten worked in equine practice in Victoria and became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in equine medicine. After 10 years in practice, Kirsten undertook a PhD at the University of Melbourne, investigating infectious causes of diarrhoea in Australian foals. Now, as a research fellow, Kirsten investigates patterns of antibiotic use and explores strategies to improve antimicrobial stewardship in veterinary practice.

Kirsten Neil

Dr Kirsten Neil graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1996. After 3 years in private practice, Kirsten completed an internship in the Scone Veterinary Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit followed by a residency in equine medicine at Michigan State University in 2004, where she completed a Masters degree in equine osteoarthritis. Kirsten is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a registered specialist in equine medicine. Kirsten has a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasonography and became a certified member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) in 2012. Kirsten became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013. Kirsten is currently the FEI National Head Veterinarian for Australia, was a member of the veterinary commission for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and is the vice chair of the FEI Veterinary Committee.

Kristopher Hughes

Kris graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 and undertook an equine medicine residency there between 1999 and 2004. He subsequently worked at the University of Glasgow, before returning to Australia in 2009. He is currently a professor of equine medicine and clinical director at Charles Sturt University. His research interests include disorders of the lower airways, gastrointestinal disease, equine cardiology, equine neurology and intensive care of horses. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists, a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and a proud supporter of the Collingwood football team.

Laura Nath is a registered specialist in Equine Medicine with a consulting practice based in Melbourne. She has worked on both first opinion and referral practice in Australia and the UK. Laura completed a residency at the University of Melbourne and attained a fellowship of the ANZCVS in 2010. She also has a certificate in equine medicine from the Royal Veterinary College in the UK and a masters in Veterinary medicine investigating the role of cardiac troponin in heart disease in horses. Laura is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Adelaide investigating exercise associated cardiac arrhythmias in Thoroughbread racehorses.

Leanne Begg

Leanne graduated from UQ in 1987. She completed an internship at the University of Sydney in 1988. She worked at Randwick Equine Centre (REC) from 1989 to 1991 and completed a residency in Equine Medicine at MSU from 1991 to 1994. In 1994 she received a Masters and become a Member of the ANZCVS in Equine Medicine. In 1995, Leanne became a Diplomate of the ACVIM and was registered as a Specialist in Equine Medicine. She has been Gai Waterhouse’s stable veterinarian for the last 19 years and consults on medical cases at the REC Specialist Equine Centre.

Massimo graduated in 2014 from Cientifica del Sur in Lima, Peru, with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a 1 year equine internship in Chino, California. He then moved to NZ, and did an equine internship at Massey University and afterwards worked as an equine field vet there for 6 months. Then he completed a large animal surgical residency and obtained a Doctorate of Veterinary Science (DVSc) from the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada in 2020, and then became a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in early 2021 allowing him to become a registered specialist in equine surgery in North America.

Meredith Flash

After graduating from the University of Melbourne (2006), Meredith Flash worked in equine racing and performance practice. She developed an interest in where horses went after retiring from racing through her work. This has shaped her research focus as the lead researcher for The Australian Thoroughbred Wellbeing Project, which investigates barriers to entering training and drivers of retirement for Thoroughbreds in Australia.

Natali completed her veterinary medicine degree and a Doctorate degree in equine clinical research at the Free University of Berlin. In 2002 Natali began a residency in the Section of Theriogenology at Cornell University, USA. She passed the board exam of the American College of Theriogenologists and remained at Cornell as a Clinical Instructor in Theriogenology and Postdoctoral Associate in Developmental Biology until 2006. In 2011 Natali completed her PhD degree at The University of Melbourne, where she is since employed, currently as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Reproduction.