ICEEP 9 National Committee:



Dr. Jan Birch


Dr. Pat Harris Dr. Sam Franklin
(Australia, Chair)

Sam Franklin BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, DipACVSMR, RCVS recognized specialist in Equine Medicine (Sports Medicine) Sam graduated from the University of Bristol in the UK and, following a period in mixed practice, returned to Bristol to complete a PhD relating to dynamic upper airway obstructions in equine athletes. Whilst in the UK, Sam was instrumental in the development of the world's first overground endoscope, with the aid of funding from the Horserace Betting Levy Board. Her clinical and research interests relate to poor performance in equine athletes, with a particular interest in cardiorespiratory disorders. Sam moved to the University of Adelaide in 2010. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She joined the ICEEP international committee in 2014 and is the chair of the local committee for the 2018 conference, which will be held in Australia.


Dr. Pat Harris Dr. Pat Harris

After qualifying from Cambridge Veterinary School in 1983 and working there as a House Physician, Pat completed her PhD at the AHT, Newmarket into 'Some aspects of the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome'. She joined the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition in 1995 and is responsible for the research carried out by the Equine Studies group, which provides the science behind the SPILLERS®, BUCKEYE® and WINERGY® brands. Pat is currently Director of Science at MARS HorseCare, as well as Adjunct Professor of Equine Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, an Honorary Professor in Equine Nutrition, University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and an European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition. She is a Past President of the British Equine Veterinary Association, has been on the editorial board of several journals, was a reviewer for the NRC Nutrient requirements of Horses (2007) and recently was a NRC committee member on the Safety of dietary supplements for horses, dogs and cats (2009). Pat lectures all over the world on nutrition as it affects the health, welfare, behaviour and performance of the horse. She is the author or co-author of numerous lay as well as over 350 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters.


Dr. Cathy McGowan Dr. Cathy McGowan
(University of Liverpool, England)

Cathy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1991 where she then went on to complete an Equine Internship followed by a PhD in Equine Exercise Physiology. After 3 years working in predominantly equine racetrack practice in Australia, Cathy was appointed a Lecturer in Equine Medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. She then worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and Clinical Teacher at the University of Helsinki before joining the University of Liverpool in 2008 where she is now Professor of Equine Internal Medicine. She holds her RCVS and European Diplomas in Equine Internal Medicine. Cathy's research interests in performance horse medicine have focussed on muscle diseases and muscle function (functional biomechanics) and equine physiotherapy and rehabilitation. She is co-editor of the second editions of the textbooks "The Athletic Horse" and "Animal Physiotherapy".


Dr. Shaun McKane

Dr. Shaun McKane

Shaun got his veterinary degree from the University of Sydney, where he studied equine respiratory responses to exercise with Prof. Reuben Rose. Following a PhD on EIPH at the University of Melbourne, Shaun completed a residency at Oregon State University and became an ACVIM diplomate. In 2002 he moved to the University of Liverpool, where he worked as a senior lecturer in equine medicine and became a European College Specialist in Equine Medicine. Shaun is now at Cotts Equine Hospital in west Wales providing specialist medical and intensive care services to racing and pleasure horses.

AREAS OF MAJOR PROFESSIONAL INTEREST: Cardiorespiratory disease, poor performance and exercise –induced pulmonary haemorrhage


Dr. Chris Proudman Dr. Chris Proudman:

Chris Proudman graduated from the University of Cambridge and worked for 2 years in mixed practice. He undertook a three-year residency training in Equine Gastroenterology and Soft-Tissue Surgery at the University of Liverpool followed by a PhD in equine intestinal disease and appointment to a lectureship. In 2005 he was appointed to the Chair in Equine Studies at Liverpool. He holds the RCVS Diploma of Fellowship in Equine Gastroenterology, and is an RCVS Specialist in Equine Gastroenterology. Chris has published widely on intestinal health and disease in the horse and currently supervises several intestinal health-related research projects. He has research and clinical interests in racehorses and is part of the veterinary team at Haydock Park racecourse and for Aintree's Grand National meeting.


Dr. Ellen Singer


Dr. Lesley Young Dr. Lesley Young:

Lesley Young graduated from the university of Liverpool in 1987. After a short spell at Glasgow, she attained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 1990 and worked as a lecturer in anaesthesia at Liverpool vet school until 1991 whereupon she moved north to gain a PhD in the effects of general anaesthesia on the equine heart. Her interest in equine cardiovascular physiology then shifted slightly to the clinical cardiology of athletic horses and she ran a referral cardiology and sports medicine service at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, making significant contributions to applied clinical research in both equine cardiovascular function under general anaesthesia and sports horse cardiology during that period. She obtained her RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Cardiology in 2000, was awarded a European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine in 2005 and RCVS recognised specialist status in Veterinary Cardiology in 2006. Since December 2005, she has provided an ambulatory equine cardiology referral service to general practitioners throughout the UK and Europe.