Professor Josh Slater
BVM&S PhD DipECEIM

Head of Veterinary Clinical Sciences


Professor Josh Slater is an equine infectious disease expert who began with the University of Melbourne in December 2018. He had joined us from the Royal Veterinary College, London, one of the world’s leading veterinary schools where he held the position of Professor of Equine Clinical Studies and Director of the Equine Referral Hospital.

Professor Slater completed his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1985. He worked for four years in private equine practice before undertaking a residency in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge, completing a PhD in equine infectious diseases in 1994. He served as lecturer and senior lecturer at Cambridge, and held a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellowship, before joining the Royal Veterinary College in 2005. 

Professor Slater has held biosecurity roles for a number of major equine sporting events, including the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 and 2018 World Equestrian Games. He is also a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations, and is currently secretary to the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation and Chairman of the Horse Trust.

Professor Slater’s research interests include infectious respiratory diseases of horses, especially herpesviruses, influenza and Streptococcus equi, the cause of strangles, a highly infectious disease and important biosecurity concern in the equine industry.

You can read more about Professor Josh Slater here.

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