Equine Executive Committee

Chair: Paddy Dixon

The Equine SubSpeciality Executive committee is charged with running the Equine side of the EVDC.

Paddy Dixon

A graduate of University College Dublin, later obtaining a PhD in equine respiratory disorders at The University of Edinburgh, Professor Dixon has spent most of his professional life at the Dick Vet, where he has specialised in equine respiratory and dental disorders.
He is an internationally recognised expert in both these fields and our department is recognised as one of the foremost international centres for clinical work and clinical research in equine dental and respiratory medicine and surgey.
He is currently an editor of the standard international textbooks on equine respiratory and dental diseases and has over 150 publications on these areas. He also lectures and gives practical workshops extensively around the world in these areas.

Nicole du Toit    (Secretary)

Nicole du ToitNicole qualified at Onderstepoort in 2000. She then spent two years working in mixed private practice in the UK. Followed by 3yrs Equine residency at the Edinburgh University Equine hospital, gaining a CertEP qualification and an MSc in research on Equine cyathostomins. It was here that she specialised for another 3yrs to get her PHD in Equine teeth and dentistry.  In 2011 she returned to South Africa and offers an Equine dentistry service doing routine and advanced dentistry work. Nicole was involved in the Speciality Organising Committee in establishing a equine subspecialty in the EVDC (and AVDC), and in 2013 became one of the first 8 EVDC (equine) diplomats to be accepted.

Lieven Vlaminick

Lieven_VlaminickLieven graduated from Ghent University in Belgium and subsequently started working at the department of surgery and anaesthesiology of large animals at the same university. His initial focus was on large animal anaesthesia and bovine surgery. Since 1997, he further specialized in equine surgery with a special interest in URT surgery and equine dentistry. This resulted in completion of a PhD thesis on postextraction changes in the equine dentition and membership of ECVS following an alternate residency program. He currently is an associate lecturer in large animal soft tissue surgery and dentistry at Ghent University.

His ongoing research topics include several equine dentistry subjects including tooth implant development, orthodontics and mastication physiology.

Hubert Simhofer

Hubert_Simhofer-199x300Hubert Simhofer graduated in 1992 from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna. He then worked at the private veterinary clinic PEGASUS under the direction of Dr. Hladik in Austria. As assistant back at the Department of Surgery and Ophthalmology of the University of Vienna VetMed, he was awarded his doctorate in 1996. His specialization in dentistry was carried out in the years 1996-2000 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Karl Zetner, Dip EVDC . In 2010 he certified as an IGFP member and an Audited horse dental practitioner. As an organizer of numerous equine dental seminars in Austria, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic, he made a name for himself. Among other things, he was a guest speaker at conferences of BEVA , the SVPM and the veterinary University of Leipzig. He is the author of various textbook chapters and numerous publications.

Henry Tremaine

henry tremaineHenry Tremaine graduated from the RVC in 1989, and after a spell in mixed and equine practice undertook a residency in equine soft-tissue surgery at the R(D)SVS where he attained an MPhil and Cert ES(Soft tissue) .

He subsequently worked at Ohio State University and gained his Diploma of the ECVS. His research activities include equine upper respiratory tract disease and dentistry, and in addition his clinical interests also extend to wound management, and laparoscopic surgery.

He is an RCVS and European specialist in equine surgery, and has published and lectured widely internationally and in the UK.

Equine Credentials Committee (EqCC)

Henry Tremaine (Chair)

See above.

Lieven Vlaminck

See above

Nicole du Toit

See above

Chris Pearce

chris pearceChris has considerable experience in equine dentistry at all levels. He has post-graduate qualifications in internal medicine and surgery and was the first vet in the UK to also qualify as an equine dental technician (EDT) in 2001. Since then Chris has developed a wide referral client base for advanced and surgical equine dental conditions.

Chris teaches, lectures and examines widely on equine dentistry in the UK and worldwide. He is past chairman of the BEVA/BVDA examining committee for EDT exams, past BEVA Council representative for equine dentistry, chairman of the BEVA Dental Working Party for political aspects relating to dentistry – and winner of the coveted Pet Plan Vet of the Year Award for 2011, an achievement that the judges awarded in recognition of Chris’s work in equine dentistry and the beneficial effect on equine welfare. Chris is dedicated to advancing the science of equine dentistry and is particularly interested in novel restorative and preservative treatments.

Equine Training Support Committee (EqTSC)

Hubert Simhofer  (Chair)

See above

Astrid Bienert

Astrid_Bienert-ZeitMedical Director of the Surgical Department of the Clinic for Horses University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover

Astrid graduated from the Free University of Berlin. Since 2000 she has worked as a research assistant at the TiHo 2002 and wrote her dissertation in 2005  on the topic: “Digital radiographiccomputed tomographic and microbiological studies in molar diseases of the horse ” Dr. Bienert time is a highly regarded speaker at many training events including the IGFP and the BPT Congress and DVG meetings. As Medical Director of the Surgical Department of the Clinic for Horses TiHo she is responsible for training students in soft tissue surgery and dentistry in horses.

Carsten Vogt

carsten vogt– 1992-1997 Studied at the Veterinary
University of Hannover
– 1998-1999 assistant in the veterinary practice
Rosenbaum, Neheim-Hüsten
– 2000 PhD in Hannover at the Institute
Animal Husbandry
– From 2000 to 2002 in the equine Dr. Tilkorn / Claus
Römberg, Gelsenkirchen
– Since 2002 Veterinary Medicine in practice Otter Mountain
– Since 2005 Certified Equine Dentist
– 1st Chairman of the IGFP 2006-2009
– Since 2007, additional designation
‘Dentistry horse’
– Since 2008 for Weiterbildungsermächtigter
Dentistry in the horse
– Since 2011 Chairman of the Board of Examiners
“Dentistry horse” of the Veterinary Association
Lower Saxony
– March 2013 examination for the Certificate of Proficiency
“Horse dentists of the Swiss Society
Veterinarians (GST) ”
– August 2014 “International Certification
Association of Veterinary Dentistry (NAED) ”
– October 2014 “Diplomate of the European College
Veterinary Dentistry (Equine), EVDC (Eq) –
European Veterinary Specialist in Equine
Dentistry ”

Chris Pearce

See above

Equine Examination Committee (EqEC)

Lieven Vlaminck  (Chair)

See above

Hubert Simhofer

See above

Astrid Bienert

See above

Neil Townsend

Neil_TownsendNeil graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004, completing an intercalated degree in Equine Science in 2000. He spent time in mixed practice before joining the PLEH as an intern in 2006. He subsequently joined the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh as a Resident in Equine Surgery. During his residency he attained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery and a Master of Science by research. He re-joined the PLEH as a lecturer in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in January 2010 and became an ECVS Diplomate and European Specialist in Equine Surgery in 2012. He is enrolled for the RCVS Diploma in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery.

Neil likes spending time with his young family and is an avid rugby supporter (and occasional player). He follows all aspects of equestrian sport, particularly eventing where he represented Ireland at pony level.