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Ian Cameron

Ian Cameron BVM&S CertEM(Stud Medicine) MRCVS

Ian graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh in 1999, and spent two years in mixed practice at Hampton Vet Centre in Malpas Cheshire. He joined Rossdale & Partners as an intern in 2001. Following the internship, Ian joined the practice’s stud team in 2003, and spent the southern hemisphere stud season of 2004 at Windsor Park Stud in New Zealand. He became a partner at Rossdales in 2008.

Ian gained a Cert EM(StudMed) in 2007 and completed a post graduate degree in Information Technology and Philosophy through the Open University in 2002. He has lectured around the country on stud medicine topics. He is currently enrolled in the RCVS Diploma in Equine Stud Medicine.

Ian works in all aspects of stud medicine, but has particular interests in assessment of the late term mare, management of Thoroughbred young stock and assessment of breeding stock, foals and yearlings at Thoroughbred sales.

Imogen Comyn

Imogen Comyn BVMS MRCVS

Imogen graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2010 and subsequently worked for an ambulatory equine veterinary practice in Lambourn that focused mainly on racehorses and sport horses.

Imogen joined the Rossdales hospital team as a Resident in Equine Internal Medicine in December 2014. Before joining Rossdales, she had completed an 18-month medicine fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Kentucky and a one year equine internship at the University of Illinois.

She is currently working towards the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice through the University of Liverpool.

Kevin Corley


RCVS Specialist in Equine Medicine (Internal Medicine)

Kevin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1993 and completed a PhD in immunology and an internship, before undertaking a residency in the USA. After 5 years in academia at the Royal Veterinary College, Kevin joined an equine hospital in Ireland where he was responsible for a large and varied internal medicine and critical care caseload, including approximately 90 critically ill foals per year. Kevin is now an independent specialist consultant in internal medicine and critical care in the main breeding and racing area of Ireland.

Kevin is also a director of Veterinary Advances Ltd, a company producing veterinary Apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Kevin is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and European College of Equine Internal Medicine. He is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. He is recognised as a veterinary specialist in Ireland, the UK and the USA. Kevin is well known for his work to advance the critical care of both adult horses and foals and he is a co-editor of the The Equine Hospital Manual.

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.

Alexandra Dugdale


Alex qualified from Cambridge University Veterinary School in 1990 and then spent the next 6 years in mixed practice in Lancashire where she developed a passion for anaesthesia and gained the RCVS CertVA in 1993. She completed a Residency in Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket between 1996 and 1999 and then moved to Liverpool University where she gained the RCVS and ECVAA Diplomas in Veterinary Anaesthesia in 2001; and where her passion for anaesthesia and teaching resulted in publication of a veterinary anaesthesia textbook. During her time at the university, she also completed a PhD in ‘Aspects of Adiposity in Ponies’ and she still maintains an interest in obesity and adipobiology.

Alex remained at Liverpool University until 2016 when she moved to a private referral practice in Cheshire. Her anaesthesia interests are wide-ranging, including all aspects of physiology and pathophysiology and their impact on anaesthesia and perioperative care. Pain recognition, both in its acute and chronic forms, and its relief are similarly important to her.

In her spare time, not that there is much of it, she enjoys classical music and spending time with her Labrador.

Alastair Foote

Alastair Foote VetMB MA PhD FRCPath MRCVS

Alastair qualified from Cambridge Veterinary School in 2000 and worked in mixed practice briefly prior to undertaking a pathology-based PhD within the neurosciences unit at Cambridge. Following on from this, he completed a residency in veterinary pathology at Cambridge, gaining additional experience as part of the residency within the VLA and at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket.

Alastair obtained his fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2009, and since 2008 has been working at Beaufort Cottage Laboratories, Newmarket. His interests are in all aspects of equine diagnostic pathology, comparative pathology and neuropathology. In 2012 Alastair became a partner in Rossdale & Partners.

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).

Celia Marr


Celia graduated from the Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1985 and then remained in Glasgow to complete both Masters and PhD degrees. She then held a Fulbright Scholarship studying equine cardiology and internal medicine at the New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Celia returned to the UK in 1993 and spent time at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School, Valley Equine Hospital, Lambourn and the Royal Veterinary College. Celia is now based at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket providing services in equine cardiology, internal medicine and adult and neonatal intensive care and is an Honorary Professor in the University of Glasgow Veterinary School.

She a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and has clinical interests in cardiology, medical imaging and internal medicine. She has published research papers and educational material relating to a range of medical disorders of the horse, concentrating on cardiovascular disease and diagnostic methods in medical disorders including editing a book on Cardiology of the Horse, the 2nd edition of which has recently been published. In January 2011 Celia became Editor of the Equine Veterinary Journal.

Areas of major professional interest: cardiovascular medicine, internal medicine, adult and neonatal intensive care & medical imaging.

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.

Richard Payne

Richard Payne BSc BVSc CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS

Richard graduated from the University of Bristol in 1995, having also obtained a degree in Pharmacology. After a year in mixed practice, he moved to Rossdales Equine Hospital in Newmarket, where he completed a three year residency in Equine Surgery.

His further qualifications include a RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) and a Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Richard has published papers on equine surgery in peer reviewed scientific journals, and authored several book chapters. He has acted as an examiner for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and lectured on equine surgery at national and international meetings.

He became a partner at Rossdales in 2002, where his chief responsibility is organising and managing the hospital. Most of his time is spent dealing with the large and varied caseload of elective and emergency surgery which comes to Rossdales from all over the country. This includes an equal proportion of orthopaedic and soft tissue procedures. He has a specialist interest in standing surgery and minimally invasive surgery, including arthroscopy, fracture repair, laparoscopy and laser surgery. He has carried out over five thousand surgical procedures on horses to date.

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).

Hattie Sparks

Hattie Sparks MA VetMB CertAVP(ESM) MRCVS

Hattie qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2012 after intercalating in Physiology, Development and Neuroscience in 2009. She joined Rossdales after graduation and completed an internship in imaging based in the hospital and diagnostic centre. Heading to the Southern Hemisphere for the 2013 stud season, Hattie returned from Australia to join the stud team in 2014 with another secondment to Newgate Farm, Australia the following autumn.

Hattie works in all aspects of stud medicine and has a particular interest in foal care and yearling management.

In 2017 she was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Stud Medicine).

Sandy Taylor

Sandy Taylor BS DVM PhD ACVIM

Sandy studied at the Washington State University and graduated with a DVM in 2001. She then completed an internship at an equine hospital in Tacoma, Washington State followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of California, Davis. She received her board certification in 2006 and returned to Washington State University where she gained her PhD in immunology in 2010.

In 2010 Sandy joined the staff Purdue University as a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences where she split her time between clinical duties, teaching and research.

Sandy is currently Associate Professor of Large Animal Medicine at Purdue University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University. Her main veterinary interests are equine infectious diseases, immunology, neonatology and virology.

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Before 10th October 2017
£950 + £190 VAT = £1,140

After 10th October 2017
£1025 + £205 VAT = £1,230

Included in course fee:

  • Course notes and coffee/lunch/tea
  • Supper and visit to National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art on 17th
  • Course dinner and tour of The Jockey Club Rooms on 18th


Accommodation is available at the British Racing School. There is a wide variety of hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area.



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