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Dr Colin Roberts

Colin Roberts
  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Route to Fellowship: By examination

Field of work

Universities and colleges

Areas of special interest

  • Equine welfare
  • Equine sports medicine
  • Equine internal medicine

Areas of support

  • Collaborative research
  • Professional mentoring
  • Translating research into veterinary practice

Professional positions

  • Affiliated Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge.
  • Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
  • British Equestrian Federation Scientific Advisory Group.
  • Founding Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
  • Patient Governor, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Council of the British Equine Veterinary Association


After graduating from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, Colin went into equine practice in Kent; whilst there he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 1987, he joined the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket. In 1995, he was awarded a PhD for a thesis concerning equine respiratory function during exercise. At the AHT, he ran the clinical exercise testing programme and was engaged in research, primarily into equine respiratory disease.

Colin is an Affiliated Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience of the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow and Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Colin is a British Horseracing Authority Veterinary Officer and a member of the British Equestrian Federation’s Scientific Advisory Group. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and a Founding Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

He has been a treating veterinarian or an Official Veterinarian at many horseracing, show jumping and eventing competitions. Colin led the Equine Medication Control Team for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro; he has officiated at three World Equestrian Games, an Asian Games and numerous European Championships.

Colin’s professional areas of interest include equine internal medicine, equine sports medicine and equine welfare.

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