Professor, Queensland University. Laminits and anatomy expert.
Chris Pollitt graduated BVSc from Massey University, New Zealand in 1968 and was a practicing veterinary surgeon in New Zealand, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland until commencing PhD studies in the Physiology Department of The University of Queensland. His PhD on the Genetic Variation of Equine Plasma Proteins was awarded in 1984 the year that Chris joined the School of Veterinary Science as the lecturer in equine medicine.
He has developed an international reputation in the field of equine foot biology and disease pathogenesis principally because of his work on ‘laminitis’ the most important disease of the horse’s foot. To generate a critical mass of research personnel Dr Pollitt, in 1996, created the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit, which has become internationally competitive having attracted, in the last 8 years, over $3 million in research funding including a current $110,000 Australia Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation grant entitled “Laminitis treatment by regional drug delivery to the horse’s foot".
With the mission of "Elucidating the mechanism of laminitis to make laminitis a preventable disease" the unit has become an international focus of laminitis and equine foot biology research. Five post doctorate research fellows have worked in the unit since 1996. At present, Dr Pollitt is supervising/co-supervising 4 PhD MPhil students and has previously successfully supervised 12 post graduate students.
Prof Pollitt has 73 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and over 100 conference proceedings. On invitation he has written chapters on equine laminitis in modern textbooks of equine medicine and lameness including Ross and Dyson’s 2010 ‘The diagnosis and Management of lameness in the Horse 2nd Ed.. His own textbook Colour Atlas of the Horse’s Foot has been reprinted four times and has been published in German, Japanese and Spanish editions. He is under contract to produce a second edition, in text book format, entitled “The illustrated horse foot”. In 2009 he revised the RIRDC publication “Equine laminitis – current concepts” https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/08-062; and has subsequently co-authored with Katie Watts “Equine Laminitis - Managing pasture to reduce the risk” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/10-063; co-authored with Brian Hampson “Improving the Foot Health of the Domestic Horse: The relevance of the feral horse foot model” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/11-140; co-authored with Longbin Huang “Transfer of Weeds to Queensland Native Forests by Horse Faeces” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/11-109; and co-authored with Melody de Laat “Insulin induced laminitis – an investigation into the disease mechanism” - https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/11-116
In 2001, he was invited to give a prestigious 4 hour master class on Equine Laminitis at the British Equine Veterinary Association annual scientific meeting and repeated this performance for the American Association of Equine Practitioners congress in 2003. As an invited speaker he has contributed to both Havemeyer Foundation workshops on Equine Laminitis in 2007 and 2012. He has enthusiastically promoted the name of The University of Queensland and its School of Veterinary Science in the 19 countries where, on invitation, he has presented his equine laminitis research findings.
He is a foundation member of the organizing committee of the biannual International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot. In 1997 Chris was inducted into American Farrier’s International Hall of Fame for his contributions to education on the horse’s foot. In 1997 he received the RIRDC-Vetsearch Equine Research Award as Equine Researcher of the Year for laminitis studies and in 2003 received the Pfizer Scientific Award. The Ian Clunies Ross Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary science in Australia and New Zealand was awarded in 2006 and in London, the same year, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers for services promoting scientific understanding of the horse foot.
Professor, Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit
Professor of Equine Medicine, The University of Queensland
Member, Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit, The University of Queensland
Director of the Australian Laminitis Research Unit, The University of Queensland
Lecturer In Equine Medicine, School of Veterinary Science
Equine Medicine, University of Queensland Veterinary School
Professor, Queensland University
Equine Lameness Researchers, Queensland University
U. of Queensland , Australia
Board Memberships and Affiliations
Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit - Founder
AELRU - Founder, Director
Foot - Foundation Member of the Organizing Committee
- commencing PhD studies, Physiology Department
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Massey University
An equine nutrition expert
Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed (Balanced Equine) is an independent equine nutritionist with a science and technology background with an interest in the optimal feeding of horses, in Australia and overseas. In 2008, Carol enrolled in equine nutrition courses provided by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD and has never stopped studying. In 2009, Dr Eleanor Kellon asked her to tutor students in the online nutrition course called NRCPlus and is still tutoring students today.
Carol is currently a lecturer in equine nutrition for the nationally recognised Certificate of Equine Hoof Care course in Tasmania. Carol is passionate about teaching and sharing her knowledge of equine nutrition, so far she has been invited to speak at Equitana (2013) and has been a speaker at a number of conferences, the Functional Hoof conferences in 2011 (Werribee) and 2014 (Daylesford) and in 2012 Carol was a keynote speaker at the World Hoof Care Conference in Prague. She explains the myths, fads and marketing ploys, and advocates simple, holistic and cost effective feeding plans for all horses including high performance horses, and growing, pregnant and lactating horses. Carol's expertise in equine nutrition is not simply about what to feed but also how to best support horses along the lines of timing of feeding, what to feed before and after work and electrolyting. Specialised feeding advice is provided for veterinary diagnosed issues such as tying up, EPSM/PSSM, ulcers, diarrhoea, Cushings/PPID, sugar sensitivity/insulin resistance and those predisposed to laminitis.
As an independent equine nutritionist, Carol is not employed by any feed or supplement company and therefore can recommend products that are in the best interests of the horse and owner, rather than a feed company.
"I can unreservedly recommend Carol Layton's feed and mineral balancing service to any horse owner who really wants to optimise their horses' health and performance.
I have seen an amazing improvement in the general health, athletic performance and hoof health of my endurance horses since following Carol’s balanced feed plan.
At the Toongabbie endurance ride in April 09, the head vet Vic Stockil stated that there were two ‘stand out horses’ entered and one of them was my mare Promise. She had been on the balanced program for only a few weeks by that stage but the change in her was amazing. She went on to win her division and was awarded BC for the 100 km event.
The other area I have noticed a huge improvement is in hoof health. During winter my horses would suffer terrible thrush in their feet, despite my best efforts with daily hoofcare and anti thrush treatments. Now that I am supplying copper and zinc in adequate balanced amounts, there is no thrush at all despite wet, muddy conditions! Without Carol's expertise I would have been struggling to find the correct amounts to feed – and probably spending way too much money on wasted supplements and expensive feeds.
Carol has simplified the feeding process and optimised the benefits to my horses – and saved me money as well."
Jenny Moncur, Gippsland Victoria
Mullungdung Endurance Arabians
Independent equine nutritionist at Balanced Equine
M.Ed, Science, Computing, University of NSW
Masters Melbourne University
Dr. Lee graduated from and worked in racing industry in Malaysia for a further year She has since completed a research Masters at Melbourne University, practiced in mix practice for about 4.5 years in Tasmania and South Australia, and an equine internship at University of Sydney. Celine is currently completing her residency in equine medicine at University of Sydney.
"As a trainer and educator, my focus is on the horses and people with whom I work and on helping them to achieve their full potential"
We are proud to announce a partnership with Carlos Tabernaberri - a world leader in training horses of all disciplines. Carlos maintains the ethos taught within the course of natural hoof care and lifestyle for the horse and will carry this through to his training with the students, giving them a strong foundation for successful careers. Carlos will be our principle instructor for horse handling. Carlos works by the principle of "Help ever, Hurt never".
Professional Horse Trainer
Vet and Barefoot trimmer from Tennessee
Dr Neal Valk, DVM, DACVS, is an equine veterinarian and board-certified large animal surgeon in Greeneville, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Tennessee he has been in private practice for most of his career. He established the Stonehill Veterinary Center in Greeneville in 1998.
Dr. Valk's interest in natural hoof care began in 2004 when a client asked him to host a natural hoof care seminar featuring Pete Ramey. An avid follower of natural hoof care since then, Dr. Valk has completed training and is now a certified practitioner with the Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices (AANHCP).
As a vet, he is in a unique position to teach. He lectures with Liberated Horsemanship in the US and is one of the lecturers at the Professional Trimmer’s course in Tasmania. He also delivers professional development to the GoBarefoot trimming network along with seminars for hoof care professionals and horse owners.
For more info on Dr Neal Valk see his website at Natural Equine Podiatry
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