Bruce McGorum

University of Edinburgh

Prof Bruce McGorum, Head of Equine Section, Professor of Equine Internal Medicine, University of Edinburgh.

Bruce graduated from the University of Edinburgh as BSc (Veterinary Pathology) in 1983 and BVM&S with Distinction in 1985. After working for three years in mixed veterinary practice in England, he returned to Edinburgh as the Horserace Betting Levy Board Resident in Equine Respiratory Diseases. He was awarded a PhD on equine asthma in 1992, and has continued in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences ever since.

He was awarded the Animal Health Trust Veterinary Achievement Award in 2004. He provides specialist veterinary care for horses referred by practising veterinarians throughout Scotland and Northern England.

His research focuses on internal medicine, particularly equine pulmonary disease and equine grass sickness. He has 3 daughters and enjoys outdoor sports and adventure racing.

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer


Pascale Chavatte-Palmer graduated as DVM in 1989 from Maisons-Alfort, France. She worked as an intern in equine pregnancy and neonatology at Rossdale's & partners in Newmarket, UK, where she first got involved in research, focussing on early diagnosis and prognosis of prematurity and neonatal infection in foals. It is at that time that she first met with Prof. David Barker, who developed the initial concept of the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD). Subsequently, she completed a residency in animal reproduction at the Univ. of Florida. In her PhD work (Univ. of Cambridge, UK), she studied the role of foetal and placental steroids in late gestation in the mare. After a one-year post-doctoral study in Paris on steroid receptors in the equine placenta and mammary gland, she was recruited as head of Research and Development in equine pregnancy and neonatology at the French National Studs. In 1999, she became assistant professor in animal reproduction at the life science engineer school AgroParisTech in Paris and concomitantly studied foeto-placental and postnatal development of cloned cattle within the Biology of Development and Reproduction laboratory at INRA, where she was recruited as a full researcher in 2006.

She currently leads a group of 10-12 researchers, engineers and technicians entitled “Placenta, Environment and Programming of Phenotypes”, with both agricultural and biomedical objectives, within the same unit (http://www.jouy.inra.fr/bdr). The aim of her work is to evaluate and possibly modify the effects of the maternal environment on foeto-placental and post-natal development, using various animal species as models (rabbits, horses, sheep, cattle, mice). Alterations of maternal environment that are studied in her group include nutritional challenges, metabolic imbalance, embryo technologies and exposure to airborne and/or food pollutants. Her team develops multidisciplinary approaches to explore foeto-maternal effects, including fine-tuned in vivo physiological evaluations of the dam and offspring, as well as imaging of the feto-placental unit and histological, endocrinological, genomic and epigenetic analyses.

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer has authored or co-authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is currently vice-president of the International Society for Embryo Technologies (www.iets.org) and will hold the position of president in 2019. She is also the spokesperson for the European Placental Group (http://www.eupg.org.uk). She is an active member of the French Academy of Veterinary Surgeons.

Meriel Moore-Colyer

Royal Agricultural University

Professor Meriel Moore-Colyer graduated with a BSc hons in Agriculture in 1984 from University College of Wales Aberystwyth and completed her PhD in Equine Digestive Physiology at the University of Edinburgh in 2000. Meriel lectured in production animal and equine nutrition at Aberystwyth University from 1989 – 2004 during which time she won OECD and British Council scholarships for a sabbatical study period in France to continue her work on digestive physiology in the horse. Her research interests include fundamental digestive physiology and development of novel feeds for horses. More recently reducing dust in the stable environment has been a focus, concentrating on manipulation of forage to reduce the allergenic burden and improve the health and welfare of stabled horses. Meriel is a registered Animal Scientist with the Royal Society of Biology and a member of the scientific board for the European Workshop for Equine Nutrition.

Currently the Director of Research   and   Knowledge   Exchange   at   the   Royal    Agricultural University Meriel remains actively involved with teaching and supervising post-graduate research students in the Centre of Equine Management and Science. She is committed to the translation of equine research to the horse industry and regularly gives talks at international conferences and industry CPD days across the Globe.  A practical horsewoman Meriel has ridden from an early age, but recent retirement of her dressage horse has prompted a ‘hanging-up of the boots’ it remains to be seen how long she can live without a horse in her life !!

Véronique Julliand

Agrosup Dijon

Pr. Véronique Julliand is full Professor of Animal Science at Agrosup Dijon, engineering school of Agronomy, Food Science and Environment in France.

After receiving her DVM from Lyon University (1987), Pr Julliand worked for 5 years as a practitioner in private veterinary clinics. Then she became associate Professor at AgroSup Dijon. Today she is Director of the advanced Master of Equine Science and Business (MESB), a post-graduate degree she created ten years ago for training managers in the equine industry and which is a reference in its field today. This program is offered with School of Management in Normandie and University of Kentucky.

Pr Julliand has been Head of Dijon research teams until 2016 which expertise was in Equine digestion and nutrition with a special focus on the Athletic Horse.  Starting during her PhD work, Pr Julliand’s personal expertise was always oriented towards the microbial ecology of the equine digestive tract. To celebrate her first love a full day of the 8th edition of the European Workshop of Equine Nutrition in Dijon was named “no microbes, no horse” and dedicated to the gut microbiology and its relation to. Pr Julliand is continuing her research on the horse intestinal microbiota at Agrosup Dijon.

Pr. Julliand has contributed to the development of a novel software for equine rationing. This guided to the start of the first spin-off company at Agrosup Dijon named Lab-To-Field, which provides research and development in nutrition for the horse health, welfare and performance.

Cornélie M. Westermann

Utrecht University

Cornélie graduated in 1996 and has worked for 4 years as a veterinary practitioner in a mixed practice in the Netherlands. In 2000 she started working at the Department of Equine Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. In 2005 she became a Dutch Diplomate in Equine Internal Medicine, followed in 2007 by becoming Diplomate by exam of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM). In 2008 she obtained her PhD in “Assessment of (patho)physiological alterations in equine muscle metabolism”. Since 2014 she has been Team Leader of Equine Internal Medicine at the Faculty.

Her work has always involved clinical work, research and teaching, currently with “Equine Respiration” as favorite topic in all these areas. She obtained both basic- and senior qualifications for teaching and was elected for the course “Academic Leadership in Teaching” of the CEUT, Centre of Excellent University Teaching at Utrecht University. She was co-creator of the TAUU, the Teaching Academy Utrecht University.

She has joined groups, committees and Boards in many settings, and has organized many congresses and meetings. Currently she is Past President of the ECEIM, Board Member of the EBVS (European Board of Veterinary Specialists) and Director Life Long Learning at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Marta de Ruijter-Villani

Utrecht University

Dr. Marta de Ruijter-Villani, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECAR, KNMvD Specialist Equine Reproduction

Marta de Ruijter-Villani works as Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction at the Department of Equine Sciences of Utrecht University. She has a PhD and is a diplomate of both the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR, Equine) and of the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association (Equine Reproduction).

She works as Clinician and Reproductive Surgeon and since 2015 she is the head embryologist in the equine ICSI laboratory of Utrecht University. She is also senior researcher in the field of maternal aging, feto-maternal communication, assisted reproductive techniques. She has published several clinical articles in peer-reviewed veterinary journals and lectures regularly at national and international conferences on equine reproduction.

Wilbert Pellikaan

Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University & Research

Wilbert Pellikaan is assistant professor at the Animal Nutrition Group of Wageningen University & Research. In 2007 he obtained his current position within the Animal Nutrition Group with half of his time dedicated to lecturing subjects in general animal nutrition and animal nutrition physiology, and supervising undergraduate and graduate students. His main area of research is ruminant nutrition with a special interest in using novel tanniniferous fodder legumes in dairy cow nutrition to reduce enteric methane emissions. Since 2011 he conducts equine nutritional related studies within the Centre for Animal Nutrition, in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Utrecht University. 

In 2007 he participated as a workpackage leader in an EU funded research training network ‘HealthyHay’, focussing on the effect of sainfoin tannins on methane production. This project was successfully continued in a subsequent EU funded initial training network ‘LegumePlus’ (www.legumeplus.eu) in which he also participated as a workpackage leader of the animal nutrition section. Currently, he is involved in an FACCE ERA-GAS network ‘Methlab’, where lactic acid bacteria are being used as silage inoculants or direct fed microbials to reduce enteric methane emissions from dairy cows, and is a partner within the EU-funded project ‘Equianfun’. The latter program studies the functioning of anaerobic fungi in the equine hindgut, which are of key-importance to dietary fibre degradation.

Current research interests and projects include the use of alkanes combined with stable isotope technique to assess botanical composition in diets of free ranging ruminants and equids, the use of tanniniferous feeds in dairy cow and equid nutrition, and further developments of in vitro techniques to study fermentation processes and microbial responses in the gastro intestinal tract of ruminants and equids.

Joan Edwards

Wageningen University & Research

Joan Edwards is a herbivore gut microbiologist. In 2003, Joan completed her PhD at the Rowett Research Institute/University of Aberdeen in the UK, where she elucidated the mechanism by which flavomycin (a growth-promoting antibiotic) beneficially perturbed the rumen microbial ecosystem. She then worked at Wageningen University, where she explored a novel cultivation approach for rumen bacteria and assessed porcine Lactobacillus diversity.

Following this she moved back to the UK where she worked as a rumen microbial ecologist at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research in Aberystwyth– which then subsequently merged into Aberystwyth University in 2008. In 2011 she was promoted to a principal research investigator. During her time at Aberystwyth, she developed and applied molecular tools to characterise the microbial ecology and systems biology of the microbe-plant interactome, with a particular focus on rumen bacteria and anaerobic fungi. In 2015, Joan joined the Molecular Ecology group at the Laboratory of Microbiology in Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Her current research at WUR primarily focusses on the investigation of the equine hindgut microbiome, with a particular focus on anaerobic fungi. Joan also co-ordinates an anaerobic fungi research network (www.anaerobicfungi.org) which she initiated in 2011. To date she has (co-)authored over thirty papers, and acts as a peer-reviewer for numerous scientific journals within the fields of microbiology and animal sciences.

Morgane Robles


Morgane Robles completed a research masters’ degree from the Agrocampus Ouest school and the University of Rennes I in 2014, specialized in livestock physiology. She studied as a master’s and then a Ph.D. student the effects of mares’ nutrition and metabolism during pregnancy on placental function and health of foals at the National Institute of Agronomical Research (INRA) in Dr. Chavatte-Palmer’s team. Her Ph.D. work focused particularly on the effects of maternal parity, starch ingestion, and obesity on placental structure and function, and foals’ growth, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and osteoarticular status.

She graduated in 2017 and now works as a researcher in a French private company in equine nutrition (Reverdy).

Mathijs Theelen

Utrecht University

Mathijs Theelen is a Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine (Dipl. ECEIM) and assistant professor at the Department of Equine Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University. He is coordinator of the Foal Intensive Care Unit and in his clinical work he focusses mainly on neonatology, gastroenterology, hepatology and geriatrics. In collaboration with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology (Clinical Infectiology) of Utrecht University Mathijs is currently also working on his PhD project. His research focusses on the gut microbiome of horses in health and disease and in particular on the relation between the gut microbiome and antimicrobial resistance. Part of his research is conducted at the University of California, Davis, USA.

Louise Laustsen


Louise Laustsen (DVM) graduated from University of Copenhagen in 2008. She worked in equine practice at Højgård Hestehospital (Denmark) until 2014. From 2014 she has been employed in ScanVet Animal Health where she take part in research studies in equine health and nutrition. In 2018 she graduated from University of Liverpool with a Master in Advanced Equine Practice. She is currently involved in research studies in collaboration with University of Copenhagen and Wageningen University and Research.

Claudia Wolschrijn

Utrecht University

Claudia Wolschrijn graduated in 1991 as veterinarian from Utrecht University, and subsequently completed a residency in Surgery of Companion Animals, also in Utrecht. Since 1998 (since 2012 as associate professor)  she has worked at the Pathobiology department, division Anatomy and Physiology, where she is responsible for the teaching of Veterinary Anatomy. Her main focus fields are: reduction of the laboratory animal use in (veterinary) education and research on the growth and development of joint in relation to osteochondrosis.

Claudia was initiator and project leader for the refurbishment of the Study Collection area of the Veterinary Faculty which has officially been opened June 5, 2014.

Claudia is President of the European Association of Veterinary Anatomy (EAVA). She is also member of the exam committee for the Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine.  

Anneleen Decloedt

Ghent University

Anneleen Decloedt graduated in 2011 as M. Sc. Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Ghent University, Belgium. She has been a PhD student at the Laboratory of Chemical Analysis, Food Safety and Public Health Department (Ghent University) for three years where after she successfully defended her PhD on the natural presence of anabolic-androgenic steroids in horses in 2015. From January 2015 up to December 2017 she has been working as a research fellow and assistant at Ghent University and University College Ghent. She regularly presents her work in scientific papers and at international congresses. In 2017 she also completed a two month research internship at the Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility, Colorado State University (USA). Currently Anneleen is working as a scientific coordinator in the private sector (quality control for the food industry) and part-time postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University Laboratory of Chemical Analysis.

Faith Burden

The Donkey Sanctuary

Due to personal circumstances, Faith Burden will unfortunately not be able to attend the 9th EEHNC.

Faith's colleague Alex Thiemann, MA, VetMB, Cert EP, MSc, AFHEA, MRCVS, Senior Veterinary Surgeon- Education -  The Donkey Sanctuary will speak during the Congress warmup mini-symposium on Friday in her stead.


Faith graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc and PhD in infectious diseases and developed a particular interest in zoonotic diseases during her studies.  After a short time working in industry Faith began working with The Donkey Sanctuary, a UK based charity working in over 40 countries globally to improve the welfare of donkeys and mules.  Faith oversees their successful research and pathology teams and manages relationships and collaborative projects with over 25 institutions carrying out donkey related research that is funded or supported by The Donkey Sanctuary.  Faith is currently facilitating basic and applied research in to equine sarcoids, equine gut microbiota, ectoparasite control, human-animal relationships and the social and economic facets of working donkey ownership.  Faith’s personal research interests include the nutritional management of healthy and diseased donkeys and mules and the translation of research in to real life situations.  Faith oversees the nutritional management of The Donkey Sanctuary’s 5000 resident donkeys and mules and has worked with industry partners to develop donkey specific feed products, educational materials and awareness of the unique requirements of donkeys.  

Alex Thiemann

The Donkey Sanctuary

Alex Thiemann, MA, VetMB, Cert EP, MSc, AFHEA, MRCVS
Senior Veterinary Surgeon- Education
The Donkey Sanctuary

Alex qualified from Cambridge in 1989, and worked in mixed then equine practice where she gained the Certificate in Equine Practice, before moving to join the Donkey Sanctuary in 1998 where she is Senior Veterinary Surgeon responsible for Education. Alex has a Masters in International Animal Health from Edinburgh and a Post graduate certificate in Veterinary Education. The veterinary department cares from over 2, 500 donkeys from a purpose built donkey hospital , and our vets also travel to work and teach across the world wherever donkeys are used. Alex has numerous donkey publications in peer reviewed and popular journals.

Femke Schaafstra

HAS University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht University

Femke Schaafstra is senior lecturer at HAS University of Applied Sciences. In 2003 she graduated from Wageningen University & Research. After a short time working in the petfood industry Femke began working at HAS University of Applied Sciences. At the same time, she started her PhD at the chair of nutrition at the Department of Farm Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Utrecht University) on part-time basis. In 2018 she successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘The use of titaniumdioxide as digestibility marker in equine’. Femke provides education in the field of animal nutrition and animal nutrition physiology, and supervises undergraduate and graduate students during their research project.

Filipe Manuel Serra Bragança

Utrecht University

Filipe Manuel Serra Bragança was born in 1988 in Portugal. He graduated in 2013, from the Veterinary University of Lisbon. After graduation, he performed his internship at an equine practice in the UK (pool house equine clinic) followed by working as an equine vet. In late 2014 he started his PhD at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) performing research in biomechanics and equine locomotion, focusing on objective gait analisys.

The main goal of his PhD is the further development and clinical implementation of techniques of objective gait analysis and lameness assessment in the horse based on motion-capture and IMU-sensor technology. Current projects: further development of a sensor-based system for gait and performance analysis ‘EquiMoves’, objective assessment of horses with back pain, genetics of gait, development of gait analysis modalities for different gaits (inclining the gaits of the Icelandic horse).

Lieuwke Kranenburg

Utrecht University

Lieuwke graduated from Utrecht University in 2003. She worked in a mixed small animal/equine practice in Weesp for three years, after which she returned for an equine internship at the Department of Equine Sciences from Utrecht University followed by an equine medicine residency. After completing the residency and passing the board exam of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine in 2011 she worked at Dierenkliniek Emmeloord for three years.  In 2014 she returned to Utrecht University where she has worked since. She is currently working in the clinic where she keeps a practical pragmatic point of view. She is responsible for the theme “equine digestion” in the bachelor and master program.  She is also is involved in the “clinical reasoning” course in the bachelor program. She is involved in small research projects which mainly include equine digestive issues such as sand colic, inflammatory bowel disease and gastric ulcers. Lieuwke is a past member of the NEVA board and currently a FEEVA representative for the Netherlands.

At the EEHNC, Lieuwke Kranenburg, DVM, Dip ECEIM will participate in the tour through the Department of Equine Sciences. She will show the different sections of surgery, medicine and reproduction and present several gastroscopy images related to different equine gastro-intestinal issues.

Bart van der Hee

Wageningen University

Bart is a phd candidate at Wageningen University, employed by the Host-Microbe Interactomics and Laboratory of Microbiology groups. He graduated from applied university HAS with a project comparing several digestibility markers in horses, and Wageningen University studying immunomodulatory properties of probiotics. In his current work, he mainly focuses on development and functional application of intestinal models. One of the main areas of interest is the effects of microbe-produced metabolites on the intestinal epithelium, and uncovering their molecular mechamisms of interaction.


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