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Polly Bonnor

Polly Bonnor

Polly has been with Saracen for 23 years, specialising in Thoroughbred Nutrition, and she is dedicated to offering the finest nutritional solutions with a very personal level of customer service. Saracen take an active, ‘hands on’ approach with clients and their horses, working as part of their team by putting constructive nutrition and management programmes together. She is involved with some of the most successful breeding farms and racing yards in the UK and Northern France, having overseen the feeding programmes of numerous ‘Sales Toppers’ and Classic winners during that time.

In 2000, Saracen Horse Feeds developed two very important and exclusive partnerships with Hallway Feeds and with Kentucky Equine Research (KER), both based in Lexington, Kentucky. Saracen is the exclusive KER Team Member in the UK, joining an international network of horse feed manufacturers devoted to the advancement of equine nutrition. KER provides Saracen with a comprehensive consultation programme tailored to fit its individual needs and the scientific knowledge and credibility necessary to provide unique and progressive formulations and feeding recommendations. The volume of published work completed by KER rivals that of leading universities. No other private research facility has contributed more original research to the proceedings of the Equine Science Society in the past 30 years.

Sarah Boys Smith

Sarah Boys Smith MA VetMB CertES(Orth) DipECVS MRCVS

RCVS specialist in Equine Surgery

Sarah qualified as a veterinary surgeon from St John’s College, Cambridge in 2001 and then worked as an equine junior scholar at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket gaining a wide experience in orthopaedics, radiography, ultrasonography, cardiology and respiratory medicine, particularly in the sports horse.

In 2002 Sarah undertook an equine orthopaedic and surgical scholarship at the University of Liverpool and gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics) in 2005. In early 2006 Sarah worked as a temporary lecturer in equine orthopaedics and surgery and gained the ECVS Diploma in Large Animal Surgery in 2006.

In October 2006 Sarah joined Rossdales, Newmarket and is now a partner and senior equine orthopaedic clinician, with a primary role in assessing and treating lame and poorly performing horses. She has a wide clinical experience in radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography working with a variety of different types of horses, including high level sport horses. Sarah is also an active member of the hospital out-of-hours surgical rota and regularly lectures internationally.

Jill Bryan

Jill Bryan BSc(Hons), MVB, DipECEIM, FRCPath, MRCVS

Jill qualified from University College Dublin in 2003, having also completed a BSc in Veterinary Pathology as part of her undergraduate training. After three years in first opinion practice she undertook a residency in Equine Internal Medicine at the University Veterinary Hospital in Dublin and became a diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2011. She subsequently completed a residency in Veterinary Pathology and obtained her fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2016.

Following her pathology residency Jill worked as a Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology at University College Dublin and joined Rossdales Laboratories as a Veterinary Pathologist in May 2017.

She enjoys all areas of equine diagnostic pathology and has a particular interest in infectious diseases.

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.

James Crabtree

James Crabtree BVM&S CertEM(StudMed) MRCVS

James graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh in 2001 and then spent four years in mixed practice before leaving for a stud season in Victoria, Australia with Dr John Hyland, specialist in Equine Reproduction. On his return to the United Kingdom he joined Dr Jonathan Pycock at Equine Reproductive Services, a first opinion and referral private equine practice based in Yorkshire.

During the Southern Hemisphere stud seasons he has worked for Hamilton Veterinary Services, New Zealand and as a consultant stud veterinarian with Dr Lee Morris at EquibreedNZ and Dr Erick Klaui at The Flying Dutchman Australia. In 2009 in association with Balinmore Stud and AI Centre he set up a stallion semen freezing unit.

In 2010 James was awarded the RCVS certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2011 was made an associate lecturer at Liverpool University involved in teaching certificate candidates. He has lectured on the international stage and has published peer reviewed material on the breeding soundness examination of the stallion, peripartum problems in mares, granulosa cell tumours and persistent endometrial cups. James also contributes widely to the popular press with articles on many subjects from bent legs in foals to embryo transfer and embryo freezing.

In 2013 James purchased Dr Jonathan Pycock’s Equine Reproductive Services business and is now a director of Equine Reproductive Services (UK) Limited, a busy first opinion and referral equine practice based in Yorkshire.

Amanda de Mestre

Amanda de Mestre BVSc(Hons) PhD FHEA MRCVS

Mandi completed her clinical veterinary training (BVSc Hons) at the University of Sydney, Australia in 1998 after which she worked as a veterinary surgeon in the field of equine reproductive and neonatal medicine. Her clinical work included two seasons at Scone Veterinary Hospital Australia, under the leadership of Dr Jane Axon, and a breeding season at Newmarket Equine Hospital. In 2006 she received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University for which she was the recipient of the universities Frank Fenner Medal and Dewar Prize. Mandi's postdoctoral training was in the USA under the mentorship of Professor Douglas Antczak at Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University where she consolidated her current research interests in equine reproductive biology and pregnancy biology.

In 2008, she was appointed to faculty at the Royal Veterinary College where she is currently a Reader in Reproductive Immunology and heads up the Equine Pregnancy Laboratory. Mandi’s laboratory, which is currently funded by the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Horserace Betting Levy Board and Alborada Trust primarily focuses on the key mechanisms that regulate normal physiological events of pregnancy in the mare and the pathology that underlies pregnancy failure. Although she no longer practices herself, she collaborates closely with a number of equine veterinarians working in specialist reproduction practices across the UK who all make significant contributions to the projects, including Rossdales LLP, Newmarket Equine Hospital and Equine Reproductive Services amongst others. She is currently a member of the International Equine Reproduction Symposium Committee, on Council for the Society of Reproduction and Fertility and is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Reproduction.

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.

Abigail Fowden

Abigail Fowden PhD ScD

Abby is Professor of Perinatal Physiology in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. She was an undergraduate at Girton College and graduated with a first class degree in Physiology in 1975. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and immediately joined the staff of the Department of Physiology as a demonstrator. Since then, she has held positions as a University lecturer and Reader before being promoted to a personal chair in 2002. She obtained the ScD degree in 2001 and was awarded the Joan Mott Prize of the Physiological Society for her research in 2008.

Abby's research interests are in the factors controlling feto-placental growth and development during late pregnancy. The aims of her research are two fold: first, to determine how hormones regulate fetal development and prepare the fetus for birth and, secondly, to establish how our experiences during early life alter the risk of degenerative diseases in adulthood. She is Professorial Fellow and Lecturer in the Biological Sciences at Girton College and currently Head of the School of the Biological Sciences.

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).

Margo Macpherson

Margo Macpherson BS DVM MS DiplACT

Margo Macpherson received her DVM degree in 1990 from Michigan State University. She completed a residency and Master's degree in Equine Theriogenology at Texas A&M University. Margo spent time at the University of Pennsylvania and in private practice in central Kentucky after leaving Texas.

Margo is presently an Associate Professor and Service Chief in the section of Reproduction at the University of Florida and is interested in all aspects of equine reproduction, but has a special interest in problems affecting late pregnancy in the mare. For the past decade, Margo has been unraveling strategies for treating mares with bacterial placentitis.

Margo Macpherson is a Diplomate and past president of the American College of Theriogenologists and is currently is President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

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.

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore BVetMed CertAVP(ESM) MRCVS

Sarah qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2009 and joined Rossdales Hertfordshire in 2013 after spending time in farm and equine practice in Norfolk and Northamptonshire.

Since joining Rossdales she has developed a keen interest in stud farm work and in 2016 she was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Stud Medicine. Sarah is currently enrolled on an alternative route residency with the American College of Theriogenology, studying towards the diploma. She sees a large number of Thoroughbred and sports horse breeding clients in the Hertfordshire area and also has an interest in youngstock and bloodstock sales work.

Jenny Ousey

Jenny Ousey BSc(Hons) MSc PhD

Jenny graduated in 1981 (Biology, BScHon). She started work in 1982 as research assistant to Dr Peter Rossdale (Rossdale & Partners, Newmarket) and studied perinatal endocrinology and the physiology of fetal maturation. She developed the milk electrolyte strip test system for assessing the time of delivery in mares which is now used commercially. She gained an MSc in 1986 on lactation in mares, and a PhD in 1992 on thermoregulation and energy metabolism in foals. In 1999 Jenny worked with Professor Abby Fowden at the University of Cambridge, studying progestagen metabolism in pregnant mares.

In 2003 she moved to the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket with Professor Twink Allen, studying fetal and placental health in ageing mares by Doppler ultrasounography. Since the closure of the EFU in 2007, she spent one year at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket and then returned to Rossdale & Partners to work in the laboratory diagnosing equine infectious diseases using PCR.

Jenny recently completed an HBLB funded project with Andrew McGladdery investigating blood flow in the equine umbilical cord artery using Doppler ultrasonography.

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).

Camilla Scott

Camilla Scott BVetMed CertAVP(ESM) DACT MRCVS

Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists

Following graduation from the Royal Veterinary college in 2006, Camilla has undertaken a number of appointments including a hospital internship in the UK, an internal medicine fellowship in Kentucky and multiple stud seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.

In 2013 Camilla started a Theriogenology residency at the University of Davis, California specialising in Equine Reproduction. In 2014 she was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine and in 2015 became a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists.

Camilla has previously been a BEVA scientific committee member, is currently an active member of the SFT annual conference committee and is mentoring two candidates through the ACT alternate route residency program.

Camilla works as a reproductive specialist at Rossdales LLP, based at The Royal Studs, Sandringham, she has a particular clinical interest in problem mares, high-risk pregnancies, stallion fertility and embryo transfer.

Jutta Sielhorst (Klewitz)

Jutta Sielhorst (Klewitz)

Jutta graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany in 2006. She performed her doctoral thesis on 'Flowcytometrical analysis of acrosome reaction, capacitation and sperm chromatin structure with regard to stallion fertility‘ at the National State Stud Celle and University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover under supervision of Prof. Harald Sieme. Jutta completed her residency in Hanover and New Zealand and worked as a clinician and lecturer in equine reproduction at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover.

Since 2012 Jutta has been at the Veterinary Clinic Karthaus in Duelmen, Germany. as Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction and German Veterinary Association specialist in Equine Reproduction at the Veterinary Clinic Karthaus in Duelmen, Germany. Besides clinical work in equine reproduction, she organizes conferences and continuing education in the Altano Group GmbH and is involved in teaching and research in cooperation with the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover. Her current research interests are focussed on monitoring and treatment of high risk and twin pregnancies.

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.

Tom Stout


Royal Dutch Veterinary Association specialist in Equine Reproduction

Tom qualified from Cambridge University's School of Veterinary Medicine. He performed his PhD (also via University of Cambridge) on 'Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy in the Mare' under the supervision of Professor W.R. 'Twink' Allen at the Equine Fertility Unit in Newmarket funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board and the Dorothy Russel Havemayer Foundation of New York. After a short period as Lecturer in Animal Reproduction at Cambridge University Veterinary School (1997-1999) he moved to Utrecht to become a lecturer in equine reproduction. In 2007, he was appointed to the Chair of Equine Medicine and Reproduction at the Department of Equine Sciences and also to an extraordinary Chair in Reproduction at the University of Pretoria, Department of Production Animal Sciences.

Tom is also a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Reproduction and a Royal Dutch Veterinary Association specialist in Equine Reproduction. He runs a busy clinic dealing with all aspects of equine reproduction, with increasing emphasis on assisted reproduction and diagnosis and treatment of infertility. His research interests are focussed on fertilization, early embryonic development and early pregnancy loss in mares and in the relationships between semen quality and fertility in stallions. He is also involved in studies into semen quality and early embryonic development in farm animal and wildlife species, and contraceptive techniques for the management of wild animal populations.

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