Professor Chris Proudman

Professor and Head of School of Veterinary Medicine
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Chris Proudman graduated from Cambridge University Vet School in 1988 and was awarded a PhD in Equine Epidemiology from University of Liverpool in 1996. His academic career has embraced teaching equine medicine and surgery, equine intestinal disease research and various leadership roles at the University of Liverpool.

He has a long-standing involvement with the horseracing industry, including veterinary work on racecourses in Northwest England and membership of the Horserace Betting Levy Board's veterinary advisory committee.

Appointed as Head of the University of Surrey's new Vet School in 2013, he leads the development and delivery of a 21st century curriculum focussed on graduate confidence and competence, and on innovation in animal health. His current research work focusses on the role of the horse's gut bacteria in intestinal health and disease.

Research interests

Chris's overarching research interest has been equine intestinal health. He was the principle investigator on a nine-year post-operative survival study of horses undergoing intestinal surgery and has published widely on different types of equine intestinal disease, including intestinal parasitism and equine grass sickness (dysautonomia).

His current research focus is understanding the intestinal microbiome of the horse in health and disease. Metabolomic and metagenomic approaches are being used to establish the profile and variability of the healthy gut microbial communities and to characterise the equine metabonome. Benchmarking the healthy gut microbiome and metabonome will provide essential platforms for the exploration of equine intestinal health and disease.

University roles and responsibilities

  • Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

My qualifications

University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
Cert EO
RCVS Diploma of Fellowship (Equine Gastroenterology)
University of Liverpool

Affiliations and memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
BEVA member
Membership of the British Equine Veterinary Association


Research interests

Research projects

My teaching

Courses I teach on


My publications


Turner, C., Batty, C., Escolana, E., Hunter, J. and Proudman C. (2013) The use of SIFT-MS in profiling the faecal volatile metabolome in horses with colic: a pilot study. Curr. Anal. Chem. (in press)

De Bont, MP, Proudman, CJ and Archer, DC (2013) Surgical lesions of the small colon and post-operative survival in a UK hospital population. Eq vet J. 45, 460-464.

Suthers JM, Pinchbeck, GL, Proudman, CJ and Archer DC (2013) Survival of horses following large colon volvulus. Eq. vet. J. 45, 219-223.

Daly K, Al-Rammahi M, Arora DK, Proudman CJ and Shirazi-Beechey SP (2012) Expression of sweet receptor components in equine small intestine; relevance to intestinal glucose transport. Am J. Physiol. 303, R199-208.

Packer MJ, German AJ, Hunter L, Treyhurn P, Proudman CJ (2011) Adipose-tissue derived adiponectin expression is significantly associated with post-operative mortality in horses undergoing emergency abdominal surgery. Equine Veterinary Journal 43 (Suppl. 39) 26-33.

Scantlebury, C.E., Archer, D.C., Proudman, C.J. and Pinchbeck, G.L. (2011) Recurrent colic in the horse: Incidence and risk factors for recurrence in the general practice population. Equine Veterinary Journal 43 (Suppl. 39) 81-88.

Daly K, Proudman CJ, Duncan SH, Flint HJ, Dyer J and Shirazi-Beechey SP (2011) Alterations in microbiota and fermentation products in equine large intestine in response to dietary variation and intestinal disease. British Journal of Nutrition,5, 1-7.

Dyer J, Al-Rammahi M, Waterfall L, Salmon KS, Geor RJ, Bouré L, Edwards GB, Proudman CJ, Shirazi-Beechey SP (2009). Adaptive response of equine intestinal Na+/glucose co-transporter (SGLT1) to an increase in dietary soluble carbohydrate. Pflugers Arch. 458, 419-30.

Gorvy DA, Barrie Edwards G, Proudman CJ. (2008) Intra-abdominal adhesions in horses: A retrospective evaluation of repeat laparotomy in 99 horses with acute gastrointestinal disease. The Veterinary Journal 175, 194-201.

Proudman, C.J., Edwards, G.B. and Barnes, J. (2007). Differential survival in horses requiring end-to-end jejunojejunal anastomosis compared to those requiring side-to-side jejunocaecal anastomosis. Equine Veterinary Journal 39, 181-185.

Proudman, C.J, Edwards, G.B., Barnes, J. and French, N.P. (2005) Factors affecting long-term survival of horses recovering from surgery of the small intestine. Equine Veterinary Journal, 37, 360-365.

McCarthy, H.E., French, N.P., Edwards, G.B., Poxton, I.R., Kelly, D.F., Payne-Johnson, C.E., Miller, K. and Proudman, C.J. (2004) Equine grass sickness is associated with low antibody levels to Clostridium botulinum. Findings from a matched case-control study. Eq. Vet. J.36, 123-129.

Hillyer, M.H., Taylor, F.G.R., Proudman, C.J., Edwards, G.B., Smith, J.E., and French, N.P. (2002) Case control study to identify risk factors for simple colonic obstruction and distension colic in horses. Equine Veterinary Journal 34, 455-463.

Proudman, C.J, Smith, J., Edwards, G.B. and French, N.P. (2002) Long-term survival of equine surgical colic cases I: Patterns of mortality and morbidity. Equine veterinary Journal 34, 432-437.