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Simon Curtis

Simon Curtis FWCF BSc(Hons) PhD HonAssoc RCVS

Simon is based in Newmarket and has been a farrier since 1972. He is the 4th generation of his family to be a farrier. His family have been farriers and blacksmiths on the Cambridgeshire and Suffolk border for at least 150 years.

Simon has lectured and demonstrated farriery in 20 countries on 6 continents; including the USA, Australia, India, and South Africa. He has published 3 text books (Farriery – Foal to Racehorse, Corrective Farriery Vol. 1 and Corrective Farriery Vol. 2) and has had articles published in numerous veterinary and farriery journals.

Simon was awarded an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001. The RCVS describes the Honorary Associateship as 'the highest honour which it is possible for the College to award to anyone who is not a member'.

Simon gained a first degree BSc(Hons) for his thesis on the incidence of flexural deformities and club foot in Thoroughbred foals. Simon was awarded a PhD in Equine Biomechanics by the University of Central Lancashire in 2017 for his study on foal hoof growth.

Charlotte Easton-Jones

Charlotte Easton-Jones MA VetMB MRCVS DACVIM(LAIM)

Charlotte graduated from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School and then went to the University of California, Davis and became a Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine. She is currently covering maternity leave at Rossdales Equine Hospital.

Emily Haggett


Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Emily graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School in 2003. On graduation she completed a year as house vet in general practice at House and Jackson in Essex and then an 18 month internship at Liphook Equine Hospital in Hampshire.

Emily then completed a 3 year residency in large animal internal medicine at the University of California, Davis, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Internal Medicine

In 2009 she returned to the UK and has been working at Rossdales. Emily’s main interests are in neonatal intensive care and she is responsible for the day to day running of the foal unit. She also carrys out primary and referral adult medicine work and does some ambulatory practice.

In 2012 Emily became an RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine).

Jamie Kopper


Jamie is Assistant Professor of Equine Internal Medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, USA. She obtained her PhD from the College of Natural Science, Cellular and Molecular Biology Michigan State University in 2011. In 2013 she graduated from the Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.

After veterinary graduation Jamie undertook a rotating large animal internship at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center and a residency in large animal internal medicine and emergency and critical care at Michigan State University.

Jamie's clinical and research interests include improving survival of horses with gastrointestinal disease and emergency and critical care of large animal species.

Catriona Mackenzie

Catriona Mackenzie BVMS MS CertAVP(EM) DipECEIM MRCVS

RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Catriona BVMS CertAVP(EM) MRC(Cat) graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 2006 and in the same year passed the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. Following a short spell in mixed practice, she moved to Kentucky where she undertook an Internal Medicine Fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.

On returning to the UK in 2009, she joined Rossdales Equine Hospital to undertake a 2-year internship. She subsequently joined the Rossdales stud team in Newmarket, where she worked for three years and was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Medicine) in January 2014.

In March 2014, Cat went to Liverpool University to complete a 3 year residency in Equine Medicine, where she worked towards her European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) diplomate status and in 2016 she was awarded an MSc from the University of Liverpool. She rejoined Rossdales as a member of the hospital team in March 2017. In February 2018, she was awarded ECEIM diplomate status.

Andrew McGladdery

Andrew McGladdery BVMS, CertESM, MRCVS

Andrew graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 1985, then spent time in equine practice in Devon before joining Rossdale & Partners in 1988 as a Horserace Betting Levy Board resident in equine studies. At the end of his residency Andrew remained working on the stud farm side of the practice and became a partner in 1994.

Andrew's main areas of responsibility include stud farm medicine (thoroughbred and non-thoroughbred) and bloodstock sales, and also clinical referrals - especially those involving gastroscopy and hysteroscopy. His expertise also includes artificial insemination, embryo transfer and mare infertility investigations.

Additionally he holds the RCVS certificate in equine stud medicine. He has co-authored a number of publications, presented at conferences and lectured around the world on a number of stud farm medicine-related topics.

Peter Morresey

Peter Morresey BVSc MACVSc DiplACVIM DiplACT Associate

Peter graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1988. After 8 years mixed practice, he attended the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for a two year Theriogenology residency.

Developing an interest in internal medicine, he subsequently undertook a Large Animal internal medicine residency there before becoming faculty at New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, as a Field Service clinician. He is a Diplomate of both the American College of Theriogenologists and the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Large Animal). Currently he is in private practice at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

His clinical and research interests include general equine medicine, high risk pregnancy management, neonatal medicine, neurology and respiratory therapies.

Ollie Pynn

Ollie Pynn BVSc CertEP MRCVS

Ollie qualified from the University of Bristol Veterinary School in 2001 and subsequently worked in mixed practice in Malmesbury for 2 years.

In 2003 he joined Rossdale & Partners as an intern and, apart from a 6-month spell working a stud season in New Zealand, he has been part of the Rossdales team ever since. He became a partner in 2009.

Ollie now works as a stud vet, looking after the bloodstock of a number of local Thoroughbred farms.

Sidney Ricketts


RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Stud Medicine)

Sidney qualified as a veterinary surgeon at the University of Bristol in 1971 after intercalating an honours degree in biochemistry at the same university. He interned in equine medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, as a Thouron Fellow, before joining Rossdale & Partners, an internationally renowned large specialist equine practice in Newmarket, in 1972. He became a partner in the practice in 1975, retired his partnership in March 2012 and is now a consultant.

His particular clinical interest is equine stud medicine. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for his thesis on equine endometrial histology and histopathology in 1978, was awarded a foundation Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine by the RCVS in 1986 and RCVS specialist status in Equine Stud Medicine in 1991. Until his retirement, he was senior veterinary advisor to The Royal Studs and remains a veterinary advisor to Juddmonte Farms. The Queen awarded him the honour Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1998, for services to the Royal Studs.

He is also particularly interested in equine clinical pathology and was responsible for developing Beaufort Cottage Laboratories, an internationally acclaimed specialist equine clinical pathology laboratory, now servicing referrals from Rossdales clinicians and referrals from many other veterinary practices from all over the United Kingdom and other European Union countries. He was awarded a Diploma by the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2002 as a defacto specialist and a Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2004 by submission of published works. He was a member of Defra’s Science Audit team for their Veterinary Laboratories Agency in 2007.

He was a member of the RCVS’s Equine Board for continuing professional development until 1998 and has acted as an advisor and examiner for stud medicine Certificate and Diploma candidates. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the British Equine Veterinary Association in 1997 and has sat on the editorial boards of Equine Veterinary Journal and Equine Veterinary Education. He organised BEVA's continual professional development courses on equine stud medicine from 1980 to 2007. He has represented BEVA on medicines, clinical pathology laboratory and equine disease surveillance issues. He has been a member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board’s advisory committee for their Code of Practice on Equine Venereal Diseases since 1977 and is a member of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Veterinary Committee, the British Horseracing Authority's Veterinary Committee and is joint Veterinary Advisor to the TBA. He is joint author, with Dr Peter Rossdale, of the text book Equine Studfarm Medicine (two editions), has contributed to a number of multi-author text books, has published widely in international peer-reviewed veterinary journals and has lectured on equine stud medicine and equine clinical pathology at the UK University veterinary schools and at many other veterinary schools, institutions and veterinary conferences internationally.

He has lectured to veterinary students on equine stud medicine at the University of Bristol for more than twenty years and was appointed Visiting Professor in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science in 2001. In 2007 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Equine Pathology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. In 2012, the University of Bristol awarded him Honorary Doctorate of Science (honoris causa).

Lewis Smith

Lewis Smith BVetMed CertES(Orth) DESTS DipECVS FRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Surgery

Lewis qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and then completed an internship at a private equine hospital in Ocala, Florida, USA. On his return to the UK in 2007 he undertook a 3 year residency in Equine Surgery at Rossdales.

After finishing the residency Lewis left Newmarket and relocated to Queensland, Australia where he took up a position at the University of Queensland as a clinical instructor. Lewis's main responsibilities at University of Queensland were for CT diagnostic imaging and equine surgery.

Lewis holds an RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics), a Diploma from the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS diploma in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery. In 2018, Lewis was awarded an RCVS fellowship following submission of a thesis on equine orthopaedics.

Lewis runs the practice's overground endoscopy service and has extensive experience of horses in training. He works at Rossdales Equine Hospital as one of the surgeons.

Mathijs Theelen

Mathijs Theelen DVM DiplECEIM

Mathijs Theelen is a Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine (Dipl.ECEIM). He is currently working at Utrecht University Equine Hospital where he is also head of the Foal Intensive Care Unit. After his graduation from Utrecht University in 2008, Mathijs has worked in a large equine referral hospital in the Netherlands for two years before starting his residency in equine internal medicine at Utrecht University. He has authored several publications on the use of antimicrobial drugs in foal with sepsis.

Mathijs is currently working on his PhD which focuses on antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of bacteria isolated from foals and adult horses and the gut microbiome of horses (in collaboration with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology of Utrecht University). Part of his research is conducted at UC Davis, California, USA.

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Before 10th October 2019
£1000 + £200 VAT = £1200

After 10th October 2019
£1075 + £215 VAT = £1290

Included in course fee:

  • Course notes and coffee/lunch/tea
  • Supper and visit to National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art on 8th
  • Course dinner and tour of The Jockey Club Rooms on 9th


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