Katie J. Smith, BVetMed, MSc, Dipl ACVS, MRCVS

University Equine Surgeon

Kate graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001, prior to moving to the USA where she spent 10 years working exclusively in equine surgery. During that time, she completed a residency in equine surgery and Master’s thesis at The Ohio State University. Following her residency, she joined the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center as a staff surgeon where she remained for 2 years, completing the examinations necessary to qualify as a board-certified Diplomate of Equine Surgery. After Penn, she moved to a private surgical referral practice, specialising in orthopaedic and upper respiratory surgical disorders in racehorses. A years’ sabbatical cover at University of Edinburgh solidified Kate’s decision to return to the UK permanently, and she moved to Cambridge University in 2011.

Main professional interests include minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopy, arthroscopy and sinoscopy. Please visit Kate’s research profile for further information.

Fran Henson
, MA, VetMB, PhD, CertES (Orth), Cert EM (Int. Med.), MRCVS

Senior Lecturer in Equine Studies (Surgery)

Fran Henson graduated from Cambridge Vet School in 1992. Following a PhD, she returned to the Cambridge Vet School where she completed a Residency in Equine Surgery. She gained her Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics in 2000.

She has a particular clinical interest in the equine back, hindlimb lameness and orthopaedic causes of poor performance. She is a member of the Board of Management of the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and Chairperson of the BEVA CPD committee.

Please visit Fran’s research profile for further information.

Vikki H.L. Scott, BVetMed, MSc, Dipl ACVIM, MRCVS

Equine Internal Medicine Clinician

Vikki graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2006 and then remained with the RVC for 6 months working in the basic sciences department as an anatomy demonstrator,before undertaking a neonatal intensive care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. In July of 2007, she returned to the UK and completed an 18-month rotating internship at Rossdale and Partners in Newmarket. She remained with Rossdales as a studfarm veterinarian for two further breeding seasons and also completed a southern hemisphere stud season in the Hunter Valley, Australia. In 2010, Vikki returned to the U.S.A andundertook a residency in equine internal medicine at The Ohio State University,while simultaneously obtaining a Master’s degree. She has completed the exams necessary to become a board certified Diplomat in Large Animal Internal Medicine with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Dip ACVIM). On completion of her residency in July 2013, Vikki returned to the UK and has joined Cambridge Equine Hospital.

Vikki’s professional interests include gastrointestinal disease, neonatology and neurology.

Avice O’Connor, MVB, GpCertEqP, CertAvp (EM), MRCVS

Equine Clinician

Avice graduated from University College Dublin in 2001. She undertook an internship in large animal medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada.

Following several years in equine practice in the UK, Avice came to the University of Cambridge as an ambulatory clinician.

Avice’s main clinical interests are dentistry and internal medicine. Avice was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary practice in internal medicine in 2012.

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