Mark Dugdale

Mr David Dugdale

vetmb ma, certep, certesm mrcvs

chairman of loc, Newmarket Equine Hospital, Newmarket, UK

Following an upbringing in South Yorkshire, David went to Cambridge University in 1980 to study Veterinary Medicine. It was here that his interest in all matters equine was stimulated. Following graduation in 1986, David practiced as a veterinary surgeon in a mixed agricultural practice in rural Hertfordshire for two years, dealing with cattle, sheep, horses, dogs and cats. He then moved to Malton, North Yorkshire where he worked mainly with racehorses. In 1989, he moved to Newmarket where he is now resident.

David is the Managing Partner in Newmarket Equine Hospital a large, 30 vet practice dealing with Thoroughbred racehorses and breeding stock. He is also involved in the Tattersalls sales where he acts as veterinary advisor to the sales company and he attends as official veterinary surgeon at Newmarket Racecourse. In 1999 he was elected to the Council of the British Equine Veterinary Association and was President in 2008. He holds the post graduate RCVS Certificates in Equine Practice and Equine Stud Medicine and for several years was Chief Examiner for the RCVS Certificate in Equine Stud Medicine. He also acts as Veterinary Advisor to the Racehorse Owners’ Association and is a member of the BHA Veterinary Committee.

David has lectured regularly at British Equine Veterinary Association courses for veterinary surgeons and also at the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stud Medicine Course each year. He is a lecturer at The National Stud Students Course and runs an annual course for veterinary surgeons in Newmarket Equine Hospital.

He has been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Cambridge Veterinary School Trust for several years. The aim of the Trust is to raise funds for the training and education of veterinary students. He is married with four children and his leisure activities include horse riding and gardening.

Professor Twink Allen

Prof. Twink Allen

cbe, scd, frcvs

The Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction, Newmarket, UK and Sharjah Equine Hospital, Sharjah, UAE.

Twink graduated from Sydney Veterinary School in 1965 and completed a PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Roger Short FRS at Cambridge Veterinary School in 1970. He then founded, and remained until its closure in December 2007, Scientific Director of The Equine Fertility Unit, initially at The Animal Research Station in Cambridge and from 1989 at Mertoun Paddocks in Newmarket. He was elected to the Jim Joel Professorship of Equine Reproduction and awarded an ScD degree by Cambridge University in 1995, elected to a Professorial Fellowship of Robinson College in 1996, achieved Diplomate and Fellowship status in The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1986 and 2004 respectively, was made a Fellow of The Institute of Biology and The Royal Agricultural Society of England in 2002 and created CBE in 2001. Twink has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by the Universities of Krakow, Gent and Helsinki. Following his retirement from the Cambridge Chair and closure of The Equine Fertility Unit in 2007 he has directed The Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction in Newmarket where he has continued experimental studies on archived pregnant mare placental interface samples. He also actively researches placental and gonadal structure and functions in large African game species and was recently appointed Scientific Director of the new Reproduction Laboratory at the very active and enterprising Sharjah Hospital in the United Arab Emirates.

Professor Twink Allen

mr james crowhurst

vetmb ba mrcvs

Newmarket Equine Hospital, Newmarket, UK

James graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 1978 before working in mixed practice in Queensland, Australia, Hagyard Davidson McGee, Lexington and reproductive practice in Scone, New South Wales, Australia. James joined Professor ‘Twink’ Allen at ARC, Cambridge for a year, helping him with his work including embryo transfer. He joined Greenwood Ellis and Partners in Newmarket in 1981 and became a partner in 1984 doing mixed work initially but concentrating on reproductive practice for the last 20 years.

He was Chairman of the Newmarket Stud Farmers Association for five years and is currently Joint Veterinary Advisor to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association. James has attended the last five ISER conferences and is the co-author of reproductive papers with Twink Allen and the EFU.


Amanda M de Mestre


Senior Lecturer Reproductive Immunology, The Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK

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. She then received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in 2006 from the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Australia for which she was the recipient of the universities Frank Fenner Medal and Dewar Prize. Her postdoctoral training that followed was 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 immunology. In 2008, she was appointed to faculty at the Royal Veterinary College where she established her current research program in equine reproduction. Mandi’s laboratory, which has been recently funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Royal Society and Wellcome Trust, primarily focuses on the key mechanisms that regulate normal physiological events of early pregnancy in the mare and the pathologies that underpin pregnancy failure. She has recently been appointed as a member of the International Equine Reproduction Symposium Committee and was the recipient of the 2015 Society of Reproduction and Fertility New Investigator Award for her research achievements in reproduction.


Louise Holder

Newmarket, UK

For over 20 years Louise worked for Newmarket based company, R&W Communications, owned by Jan Wade. During her time there, she was involved in the organisation of numerous international conferences. These included the International Society of Veterinary Perinatology Conference, World Congress of Veterinary Anaesthesia, Equine Infectious Diseases Conference and the International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians, to name a few.
She has been actively involved with the IERSC for over 20 years and, since 2008, has been the Secretariat for the Committee and continues in this role.


Andrew McGladdery


Rossdales Equine Hospital & Diagnostic Centre, Newmarket, UK

Andrew graduated from Glasgow University in 1985 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. After a brief period in equine practice in Devon and then Kent Andrew joined Rossdale & Partners in 1988 as a Horserace Betting Levy Board resident in equine studies. This was for a three year period until 1991 under the guidance of Peter Rossdale and with a special interest in perinatology and ultrasonography. At the end of his residency he remained working on the stud farm side of the practice and became a partner in the practice in 1994. He is a holder of 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. Andrew was an ISER committee member for the Caxambu symposium. Andrew’s main areas of responsibility include stud farm medicine (Thoroughbred and non-Thoroughbred) and bloodstock sales, and also clinical referrals - especially those involving mare infertility investigation and hysteroscopy.

Professor Twink Allen

Huw Neal


Newmarket Equine Hospital, Newmarket, UK

Huw graduated from Cambridge in 1983 and came to Newmarket after two years in Thirsk. Most of his time is spent working with stud farms and National Hunt racehorses. Huw’s special interests include fertility evaluations in mares and stallions, foetal sex determination, laparoscopic investigation/treatment of fertility disorders and surgery of the reproductive organs.

Jenny Ousey

Jenny Ousey

Rossdales Equine Hospital & Diagnostic Centre, Newmarket, UK

Jenny graduated in Biology in 1981and started working at Rossdale & Partners, Newmarket in 1982 as a research scientist. Working with Dr Peter Rossdale, she developed an expertise in equine perinatology, and performed clinical and experimental research in the areas of maternal and fetal endocrinology, fetal maturation and the physiology of prematurity and dysmaturity in newborn foals. She completed an MSc thesis (1986) on lactation in mares, and a PhD thesis (1992) on the thermoregulation and energy metabolism in foals. In 1999 Jenny moved to the Department of Physiology, University of Cambridge, with Professor Abby Fowden studying metabolism of progestagens in the pregnant mare. In 2003 she moved to the Equine Fertility Unit, Newmarket with Professor Twink Allen. Here she continued her research performing Doppler ultrasound monitoring of feto-placental health in ageing mares. 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. She currently is working with Andrew McGladdery on an HBLB funded project monitoring blood flow in the equine umbilical cord by Doppler ultrasonography.


Sandra Wilsher

The Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction, Newmarket and Sharjah Equine Hospital, Sharjah, UAE

Sandra spent a decade working in the British horse industry before undertaking a Biology degree, graduating 3 years later with First Class Honours and the Dean’s Prize. She joined Twink Allen’s Equine Fertility Unit (EFU) in Newmarket in 1999 where she worked until its closure in 2007. Afterwards, she became Senior Research Scientist in The Paul Mellon Laboratory of Equine Reproduction where she completed her PhD by Published Works and continued her research on equine reproduction and, more recently, placentation and other aspects of reproduction in African species including the giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. She has published over 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals on equine placentation, equine embryo transfer, reproductive efficiency and wastage in the Thoroughbred racing industry. She developed the widely acclaimed Wilsher Equine Embryo Transfer Forceps and she assists and advises veterinary practices with their embryo transfer programmes. Sandra has worked in New Zealand for Dr Lee Morris’s Equibreed NZ Ltd and, most recently, has joined Twink Allen as a Senior Research Scientist at Sharjah Equine Hospital in the UAE.

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