Education Awards

Since the 1960s, HBLB has supported post-graduate education for qualified veterinary surgeons to further their equine career through higher clinical or research qualifications. Over £6m has been invested to maintain a pool of highly skilled equine veterinary researchers and clinicians. 

The recipients of HBLB education awards have included a number of full professors and senior lecturers in veterinary schools, many senior posts in industry and government and numerous clinical veterinary surgeons in both university and private practice.

Equine research leaders and industry figures who are former HBLB Scholars include the Director of the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare at the University of Glasgow, Professor and Head of School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey and Head of the Large Animal Hospital at the University of Edinburgh.

In practice, former HBLB Scholars include the Managing Partner of Rossdale & Partners Veterinary Surgeons, Newmarket and leading veterinary surgeons at Arundel Equine Hospital and Three Counties Equine Hospital, as well as senior veterinarians at the university equine hospitals.

Shown below are the ongoing education awards. The application round is now closed and will open again in Spring 2017.

Current Research Scholarships



Field of Scholarship and title of project


Cara Hallowell

Dr Jane Hodgkinson

Parasite control on Thoroughbred Studs

University of Liverpool

Rebekah Kennedy

Dr Marcello Riggio

Equine periodontal disease
Microbiological and immunological aspects of equine periodontal disease

University of Glasgow

Belinda Rose

Krisien Verheyen

Equine Reproduction
Risk factors and pathologies associated with early pregnancy loss in thoroughbreds

Royal Veterinary College

Alexandra Draper

Professor Richard Piercy

Equine Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy
Aetiology and pathogenesis of Equine Recurrent Laryngeal Neuropathy

Royal Veterinary College

Caroline Chauche

Dr Pablo Murcia

Virology: Equine Influenza
Molecular pathogenesis of equine influenza virus

University of Glasgow

Zofia Lisowski

Dr Neil Hudson

Equine colic, intestinal inflammation and dysfunction
Targeting the macrophage and mast cell in equine postoperative ileus

University of Edinburgh

Robert Coultous

Dr William Weir

Equine piroplasmosis – detection and transmission risk
Equine piroplasmosis: evaluating the threat to the UK and Ireland

University of Glasgow

Current Clinical Scholarships



Field of Scholarship and title of project


Laura Fitzharris

Dr Kate Allen

Equine Sports Medicine
Evaluate the validity of respiratory muscle training as a non-surgical treatment for upper airway collapse

University of Bristol

Giulia Lipreri

Dr Ellen Singer

Equine Surgery and Orthopaedic Research
What adaptive changes occur in the subchondral and proximal trabecular bone of the proximal first phalanx with maturation and race-training?

University of Liverpool

Robyn Graham

Dr Sarah Taylor

Equine Orthopaedic Diagnostic Imaging and Surgery
Metabolomics as a predictor of metacarp(tarso)phalangeal subchondral bone disease in the Thoroughbred racehorse

University of Edinburgh

Alejandro Suarez Bonnet Dr Simon Priestnall

Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
(The species and prevalance of mycoplasmas in the airways of Thoroughbred Horses)

Royal Veterinary College
Francesca Worsman Dr John Keen

Equine Internal Medicine
Real-time three-dimesional (4D) echocardiographic assessment of the equine left atrium

University of Edinburgh
Last Updated: 24 June 2016