Equine Research


Pat Harris MA, VetMB, PhD, DipECVCN MRCVS

Pat is the only RCVS recognised UK specialist in Veterinary Clinical Nutrition (equine) and is a European Specialist in Veterinary Clinical and Comparative Nutrition. A past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, she is also a member of the board of American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and the US based equine Science Society. She is the current president of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition (unitl 2019), and is the author or co-author of over 500 scientific papers, abstracts and book chapters. Most recently she was the co-editor of, and an author in, the 2013 book: Equine Applied and Clinical Nutrition: Health, Welfare and Nutrition.

After qualifying from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 1983, Pat completed her PhD at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome. She joined the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition in 1995 and is responsible for the research carried out by the Equine Studies group in collaboration with experts at institutes and universities around the world. This research provides the science behind the SPILLERS®, BUCKEYE® NUTRITION and WINERGY® brands. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Equine Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool, an Honorary Professor in Equine Nutrition, University of Nottingham, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, and an Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland Australia. She is also a rider and horse owner herself.


The WALTHAM Equine Studies Group is active in three key research areas

Obesity in horses and ponies can pose a number of health problems. The WALTHAM-initiated International Obesity Research Consortium seeks to improved understanding of the causes and management of this condition. Another area of continuing research, channelled predominantly through the WALTHAM–initiated International Laminitis Research Consortium, is enhancing our understanding of laminitis and in particular how to identify those animals at increased risk of suffering from this very painful and debilitating condition. More recently, the WALTHAM Equine Studies Group has initiated a programme of research into the nutritional and management needs of the senior horse and pony. 

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