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Adelle Bowden


Adelle graduated from the University of Nottingham Veterinary School in June 2013. She began her PhD in October 2013 researching evidence based medicine and knowledge transfer in equine veterinary medicine. In addition, Adelle spends some of her time as an equine practitioner at a local private practice. Following some preliminary results, Adelle’s work has identified colic as a particular focus of her research. Adelle’s most recent study aims to assess the baseline knowledge of typical horse owners and identify the aspects of colic that horse owners find challenging. From this, she can then develop guidance and educational tools to assist in these areas. Adelle has been surrounded by horses her entire life, and prior to university trained as a riding instructor at her family’s equestrian centre. Adelle’s main ridden interest are showjumping and eventing.

Izzy Wild


Izzy is a veterinary student at the University of Nottingham. Following fourth year she is undertaking research as part of the Nottingham Colic Project. This started with an Undergraduate Bursary from the World Horse Welfare supporting an 8 week project and is now a Masters of Research for a year. Izzy is looking at methods of disseminating the information from the Nottingham Colic Project into practice. This research aims to overcome some of the barriers which prevent the use of Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine in practice, and improve early recognition and diagnosis of critical colic cases. Izzy intends to work as an equine vet when she graduates, with an interest in sports horse and internal medicine. She has ridden all her life and has competed up to CCI* level 3 day eventing and worked at professional event and horseback.

Prof. Sarah Freeman


Sarah Freeman graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London in 1994. Following a year working in mixed practice in Suffolk, she returned to the Royal Veterinary College in 1995 as a postgraduate student in the Equine Hospital. She obtained a PhD in equine anaesthesia, the RCVS Certificates in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Veterinary Radiology and Equine Soft Tissue Surgery. She became a lecturer in Equine Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in 1999, and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. She joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham in 2005, and was involved in much of the early planning and delivery of the new curriculum. Sarah was promoted to Professor of Veterinary Surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in 2014. Her research reflects her clinical and teaching activities, and she has an active research programme focused on colic and lameness in the horse, reproductive biology in dogs, veterinary education and the role and impact of assistance dogs.

Her current role at Nottingham includes teaching, research and clinical work. Recent and ongoing research centres on veterinary education and non-invasive studies of equine disease. Published research includes the use of abdominal ultrasonography for assessing normal gastrointestinal function, and its role in the diagnosis of colic in the horse.

Dr. John Burford


John obtained his veterinary degree from Cambridge University in 2001, and was subsequently awarded an MA in biological anthropology in 2002. His first position was as an intern at the Royal Veterinary College which was completed in 2003. He then took up a PhD scholarship in orthopaedic biology at the same institution, although latterly this work was completed at the University of Sheffield. Following his PhD he was awarded a residency position in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and Medical Statistics at the University of Liverpool which was completed in 2009 followed by a short period working in the equine hospital and first-opinion practice as a staff clinician. John took up the post of Lecturer in Equine Surgery at the University of Nottingham in January 2010.

Prof. Gary England


Professor England is the Foundation Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and is Professor of Comparative Veterinary Reproduction. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and is recognised as a Specialist in Veterinary Reproduction by the Royal College and the European College of Animal Reproduction. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists and a Visiting Professor at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. Professor England was instrumental in developing a new veterinary curriculum at the University of Nottingham and is an advocate of innovation in teaching, learning and assessment.

Professor England’s research interests are reproductive biology (particularly the interaction between sperm and the female reproductive tract, and the effect of environmental chemicals on fertility) and canine behaviour (predominantly epidemiological modelling of behavioural tests). Professor England uses psychosocial research methods to study evidence behind clinical decision making; he established the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nottingham with Professor Malcolm Cobb and Professor Sir Peter Rubin.

Laila Curtis

Laila has now completed her PhD at Nottingham Vet School carrying out research into equine colic. She has been an outstanding student and the success of this project and its outcomes will be a testament to her hardwork, dedication and passion.

Before starting her PhD, Laila graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science from Hartpury College and an MSc in Applied Equine Science from the Royal Agricultural College. Following her studies Laila was a Lecturer in equine science at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. She has spent most of her life working with horses having taught Western riding in the US, groomed for elite riders (dressage and eventing), set up and run a horseball team and worked at various equine establishments including a therapy centre, thoroughbred stud, National Hunt yard and a riding school. Laila has a keen interest in riding and particularly horseball.