Veterinærdagene 2018


Dr Sigríður Björnsdóttir graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in 1992. She obtained her PhD in clinical radiology from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Radiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2002. Her thesis title was “Bone spavin in Icelandic horses – Aspects of predisposition, pathogenesis and prognosis”. Sigríður has more than 20 years of experience in research and diagnostic work on the Icelandic horse, including a wide range of disciplines; diagnostic imaging, joint diseases, gait analysis, infectious diseases, immunology, fertility, genetics and welfare. She is currently the Veterinary Officer for Health and Welfare of the Horse, Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authorities, Iceland.

Dr. Johan Bröjer graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in 1993. After an internship at the Equine Clinic at SLU, he completed a residency in large animal internal medicine at Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine as well as Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. John started his research career with a Master of Science at the University of Guelph, Canada and continued with a PhD at SLU. In 2012, he became an associate professor in equine internal medicine at the same university. His research has focused on endocrine disorders of the horse, and in particular the metabolism of glucose and insulin during exercise, in critical ill horses and in metabolic disorders such as the equine metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Anders Christiansen has been working in private practice since graduating from the Royal Veterinary- and Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 1998. Over the last 15 years, Anders has specialised in equine dentistry. Currently he works solely with equine dentistry, primarily advanced dentistry receiving a number of referral cases from all over Denmark. In 2008 he obtained the Danish certificate in equine diseases and after passing the entry exams became a member of the Internationale Gesellschaft zur Funktionsverbesserung der Pferdezähne (IGFP) in 2014. Anders is a well know speaker and tutor at congresses and courses mainly in his own country but also on occasions abroad.


Professor Padraic (Paddy) M Dixon is a graduate of University College Dublin, later obtaining a PhD on equine respiratory disease at the University of Edinburgh, where he has worked for most of his professional life, and where he is currently professor of equine surgery. His main clinical and research interests are equine dental disorders and upper respiratory tract surgery and he has published over 200 peer-reviewed on these topics. He has also lectured and tutored extensively on these subjects all over the world. Paddy is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons specialist in equine soft tissue surgery and a European Specialist in equine dentistry.


Dr Emmanuelle van Erck graduated from the Veterinary School of Maisons-Alfort (France) in 1996. She trained in sports medicine at the University of Liège (Belgium) where she obtained her PhD on respiratory function testing in horses. She developed the equine sports medicine unit and consulted as senior clinician in the CIRALE in Normandy (France). In January 2010, she started her own ambulatory referral practice, the ‘Equine Sports Medicine Practice’, based in Belgium. Her practice offers specialized service in equine internal and sports medicine throughout Europe, following national teams and international riders. Emmanuelle has authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and regularly lectures at international conferences. She is a member of the FEI expert committee on prohibited substances and doping.


Dr. Cathrine Fjordbakk graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, Norway in 2003. After completing an internship in equine medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada in 2005, she returned to Oslo for a 3-year ECVS residency and became a board certified equine surgeon in 2009. She has been an associate professor in Oslo since 2009. Having a keen interest in equine upper airway disorders, Cathrine submitted her doctoral thesis titled ‘Dynamic laryngeal collapse associated with poll flexion in harness racehorses - clinical and pathophysiological aspects' in 2014. Her research interests has recently extended to include neuroscience and bioelectronics, through a post doc position at the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.

Karin Holm Forsström, DVM, PhD, ass prof, Head of Equine clinic at the University Animal Hospital (UDS), SLU, Uppsala, SwedenGraduated in Uppsala in 1985, defended PhD on Diagnostics of Upper Airway Obstructions in horses in Uppsala 1995, research on the Equine back, ass prof in large animal surgery in 2006. Clinical work in orthopedics since 1997. Head of Equine Clinic at UDS since 2016.

Dr. Gittan Gröndahl graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala in 1992. She obtained her PhD from the same university in 2001 with her thesis titled: “Opsonisation and neutrophil phagocytosis in foals and adult horses.” Gittan has been working for the National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala since 2005 where she is Acting State Veterinarian. She has a broad research interest including neurology, respiratory and immunology.


Dr. Lena Malmgren graduated from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, in 1978 and spent 2 years in ambulatory practice before moving back to a teaching and research position at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the SLU. Lena completed her PhD in male reproduction in 1993 and became an associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology in 1999. After leaving SLU, she started working in the pharmaceutical industry, Schering-Plough Animal Health/Intervet/ MSD Animal Health as a Manager for Veterinary Medicine. For almost 20 years, Lena has been working as a stud veterinarian and she is the current president of the Swedish Equine Veterinary Association.

Dr Ben Mayes graduated from Cambridge University in 1992. He is founding director of Mayes and Scrine Equine Veterinary Practice, a six vet, RCVS-approved equine practice with purpose-built clinic facilities and a provider of Surrey University Vet School Intramural rotations. The practice has clients across the board, and Ben carries out some 150 pre-purchase examinations a year on sports and leisure horses. Ben joined the British Equine Veterinary Association Council in 2006 and was president in 2011/2012. He was a Gamesmaker vet at the equestrian events at London 2012, is a trustee of the BVA Animal Welfare Foundation, and was until recently vice-president of the Federation of European Veterinary Association (FEEVA). Here he helped found the FEEVA PPE Symposium and has chaired them all. He also chaired the main hall session on PPEs at BEVA Congress in September 2017. Ben also serves on RCVS Riding Establishment’ committee and the BVA CPD committee.
Dr. Malcolm Morley qualified from the University of Bristol in 1993. He started his career at the Liphook Equine Hospital and has also worked in Lambourn and Australia. He was a joint founder of Stable Close Equine Practice in 2003 in Hampshire, England. Malcolm’s main professional interest and passion are equine pre-purchase examinations and he has lectured widely on the subject. He has been a council member of the British Equine Veterinary Association, chairing their Pre-Purchase Examination Committee during the period when new certificate and guidance notes were introduced.

Dr. Rachel Murray graduated from the University of Cambridge before specialising in equine surgery. She spent 5 years working in the USA before returning to England to become the equine surgeon at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently completed a PhD investigating exercise-associated joint adaptation and injury in horses. She has been based at the Animal Health Trust since 1997 in a variety of roles including Head of the Centre for Equine Studies, and has been involved in development of MRI in horses where she has contributed to numerous books and edited the standard book on Equine MRI. Rachel is currently Senior Orthopaedic Advisor at the Animal Health Trust where she is in charge of the Equine Magnetic Resonance Imaging diagnostic service, runs the orthopaedic research group and provides a clinical service focussed on poor performance in sports horses. Her research and clinical work is centred around sport horse training, performance and injury development, and application of advanced imaging techniques in the diagnosis of orthopaedic injury. She also works for the British Equestrian Federation, providing scientific advice for the British Equestrian teams and as a veterinary surgeon and Assistant Team Vet with the World Class Dressage squads since 2009.

Marie Rhodin, DVM, Dipl. ACVSMR, associate Professor in equine clinical biomechanics at the department of Clinical Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She graduated 2003, PhD in 2008 where she studied horse and rider interaction with focus on the effect of different head and neck positions on the kinematics of the back in riding horses. She has experience in objective motion analysis for lameness detection with techniques as high-speed cameras and inertial measure units. To implement objective measurements in the lameness exams she has looked into the effect of circular movement on movement symmetry in both sound and lame horses.

Giorgio Ricardi qualified from the University of Turin in 1989. He completed an internship in equine surgery at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, UK in 1992. Following on from this Giorgio returned to Italy and worked in private practice from 1993-2014, with his main clinical areas of interest being equine lameness and surgery. He has been contract professor in equine surgery at the University of Pisa and visiting equine surgeon at the University of Milan. From 2014-2015 he was senior clinician at the W’rsan Stables, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Since 2015 Giorgio has been working as a predominantly equine orthopaedic clinician and surgeon at Donnington Grove Veterinary Group, Newbury, UK. He is past president of SIVE (Italian Association of Equine Practitioners) and FEEVA.

Miia Riihimäki, DVM, VMD VMD 1997, SLU Uppsala, (VMD, SLU, Uppsala).  Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, PhD 2008, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, SLU. Assistant professor/clinical veterinarian at Equine Internal Medicine since 1999 at Department of Clinical Sciences/University teaching hospital (UDS). During the PhD project (with focus on the inflammatory pathways in equine airways) and afterwards, research focus has been on respiratory diseases in horses. Current research activities focus on respiratory pathogens in the horse, including antibiotic sensitivity patterns of pleural anaerobes and pathobiology of Strangles.

Dr. Ernst-Otto Ropstad graduated from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, in 1993. He worked in general practice for ten years, including equine practice. In 2002 he became a European Eye Scheme examiner. In 2008 he successfully defended his thesis “Day blindness in the Standard Wire Haired Dachshund” at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. Ernst-Otto became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ECVO) in 2011. He is currently a board member of the ECVO examination committee. Ernst-Otto has been employed at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences since 2003, where he is working as an associate professor in charge of the Ophthalmology Department including the equine ophthalmological patients.


Professor Josh Slater graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and spent 4 years in ambulatory equine practice before moving to a residency in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge. He completed a PhD in virology in 1994 and was a lecturer, then senior lecturer in equine medicine at Cambridge. He moved to the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 where he is professor of equine clinical studies and clinical director of the Equine Referral Hospital. He has research interests in equine infectious diseases, in particular respiratory diseases, and in biosecurity. He is a past president of BEVA, ECEIM and FEEVA and is current chairman of the Horse Trust. He was biosecurity advisor for the 2008 Equestrian Olympic Games, was responsible for biosecurity at the London 2012 Equestrian Olympic Games and was a biosecurity advisor for the World Equestrian Games in 2014.

Dr. Filip Vandenberghe started working at the orthopaedics department at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University immediately after graduating from the same university in 2001. In 2004 Filip joined the Bosdreef Equine Referral Hospital where he became a partner in 2008. Filip was one of only a few others in the world who pioneered the clinical use of standing MRI in the horse. In 2011 he was awarded an associate membership of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Over the last few years, Filip has also focused on poor performance of the competition horse. Filip is a frequently invited speaker on national and international scientific congresses.


Dr. Monika Venner qualified from the university of Maisons-Alfort, Paris in 1990 and obtained her doctoral thesis at the equine clinic from the same university in 1992. From 1992-2007 she was employed as an assistant and later senior equine clinician at the Equine Clinic, School Veterinary Medicine in Hanover, Germany. During this time she completed not only her second doctoral thesis (1994) but also her PhD on “Acute interstitial pneumopathy in the horse -experimental induction with Perilla Ketone” in 2003. Furthermore, she became “Fachtierärztin für Pferde” (Specialist for Equine Medicine) in 1998 as well as diplomate of the ECEIM in 1998. From 2007-2008 she was employed on the Lewitz-Stud (Paul Schockemöhle) where she was responsible for foals health, nutrition and biosecurity. Since 2008 Monika has been partner in a private equine clinic in Destedt, Germany. She still lectures at the Equine Clinic, School of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover as well as being a consultant at Lewitz Stud. Her research has focused on diseases of the foal and EGUS.

Dr. Minna Viitanen graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine in Helsinki in 1991. After graduation she continued working at the Veterinary College before moving on to private equine practice in Orimattila. In 1997 she successfully passed her exams to become Finnish specialist in veterinary medicine, equine diseases. In the same year Minna moved to England to start working on her PhD on navicular disease at the RVC in London. She successfully defended her thesis at Helsinki University in 2003. Since moving back to Finland 2002, Minna has run a predominantly equine practice, Talliklinikka, in Espoo. Her main clinical interests are dental problems and lameness work (preferably dressage horses).


Professor Renate Weller is Professor for Comparative Biomechanics and Imaging at the Royal Veterinary College in London. After graduating from the University of Munich, Renate spend a year in the US before she returned to Germany to work in equine practice. She then became a senior clinical research scholar in large animal diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC). After this she joined the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy in Munich, where she completed her Dr Vet Med thesis on comparison of different imaging modalities in the diagnosis of head disorders in the horse. She then spent two years in California before returning to the RVC to do a PhD in the Structure and Motion Laboratory investigating the effect of conformation on locomotor biomechanics in the horse. She splits her time between clinical work, teaching and research. Renate is head of the equine diagnostic imaging unit at the RVC, has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has written ten book chapters in her field of expertise.