An integrative approach to studying the microbial contribution to equine IRCD
Professor Roberto La Ragione
Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Head of the School of Biosciences
Roberto graduated in 1995 and then went on to study for a post graduate degree in veterinary microbiology at the Royal Veterinary College (University of London). In 1996 he moved to the government's Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) to undertake a PhD on the pathogenesis of E. coli in poultry. On completion of his PhD studies, Roberto commenced a post-doctoral position at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying E. coli virulence factors and vaccine development.
Since 2001 his work has focused largely on the analysis of the colonisation, shedding and transmission of E. coli O157:H7 by all farmed animal species and he has led a number of commercial, Defra, research council (BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, AHRC, Innovate) and EU projects in this area. He has published extensively in the area of host-microbe interaction with a particular emphasis on E. coli and Salmonella.
His current research interests focus on the pathogenesis of food-borne pathogens with a particular interest on AMR and the development of intervention strategies including vaccination, pre and probiotics for the control of bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella, Brachyspira and E. coli in food producing animals.
In 2005, Roberto was appointed Head of Pathogenesis and Control at the AHVLA and in 2010 he was appointed Professor of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Surrey. He gained the FRCPath in 2010 and in 2012 was appointed the Associate Dean for Veterinary Strategy in the new School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. In 2014 he was appointed to the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and Director of the Veterinary Pathology Centre. In 2019 he was appointed Deputy Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey. In 2021 he was appointed Head of the School of Biosciences and Medicine
He is the past president of the Med-Vet-Net Association and the Veterinary Research Club, the current Chair of the Humanimal Trust, a Trustee of the Houghton Trust, a member of the APHA Science Advisory Board, a member of the FSA ACMSF AMR sub-committee and the Chair of the Royal College of Pathologists Veterinary Pathology SAC. Roberto is an Associate member of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology and in 2020 he was awarded Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr Teresa Hollands
Senior Lecturer (Veterinary Nutrition)
Teresa is an internationally renowned Clinical Equine Nutritionist, with over 30 years in practice. Originally a Multi-Species Animal Nutritionist, she provided Chudleys Dog Food with nutritional support, and worked as a General Nutritionist for a farming coop, co-ordinating with large dairy farms, and numerous feed manufactures who utilised the raw material (alfalfa) in their rations across all herbivores.
Working in the feed industry, Teresa was a member of the Agricultural Industries Confederation Legal and Scientific Advisory Committee, was a founding member of the British Equine Trade Association Feed Committee, developed the original Feed Law Code of Practice, sat on the Pet Food Manufacturers Association Veterinary and Nutrition Advisory Committee, was an external industry advisor for numerous equine college undergraduate courses, and wrote a BTEC in nutrition for retailers.
Previously worked as a Senior Marketing Manager & Nutritionist for Europe’s largest manufacture of horse feed, developing close working relationships with vets, resulting in vet referrals accounting for over 50% of helpline calls. Responsible for the training of the technical sales team and Nutritional Helpline, as well as instigating and managing the successful Internal Conferences on Feeding Horses from 1997-2002, which bought international nutrition researchers to the UK to provide up to date info to clients and vets. The trust in the advice was based on the research and development and evidence base that underpinned all the advice provided.
At Surrey, Teresa teaches animal nutrition to veterinary medicine and veterinary biosciences students, emphasising the importance of evidence-based practice, client communication, and nutrition as the fifth vital sign. The following experiences are used in the teaching of the students:
- 40 years of owning and competing with horses
- 25 years of client evenings, client yard visits and CPD provision to vets in practice
- 20 years of research
- 20 years of owning dogs
- 15 years marketing management.
Prior to Teresa's appointment at Surrey, she taught at nearly all the vet schools in the UK for over 20years, and was appointed a Visiting Lecturer in Equine Nutrition at Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
She also presented CPD and short courses across the world, providing training and support to vets and professional horse owners in the UK (Institute of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool, the USA (Western Seaboard and Kentucky Equine Research Conferences), and Europe (Czech Republic, Estonia, France and Germany).
Professor Christopher Proudman
Professor of Veterinary Clinical Science
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.