Department: Clinical Science and Services
Research Groups: Host-Pathogen Interactions and Vaccinology
Clinical Groups: Equine Medicine
Josh Slater is Professor of Equine Clinical Studies and is clinical director of the Equine Referral Hospital at the Royal Veterinary College. He is part of the equine medicine team and has particular interests in respiratory medicine, especially infectious respiratory disease, and in ophthalmology.
Josh Slater graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985 and spent 4 years in equine practice before moving to a residency in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge. He completed a PhD in equine infectious diseases in 1994 and was a lecturer, then senior lecturer in equine medicine at the University of Cambridge during which he held a Wellcome Trust research fellowship. He moved to the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2005 where he is professor of equine clinical studies and clinical director of the Equine Referral Hospital. His research is in equine infectious diseases, in particular strangles, equine herpesviruses and equine influenza. He is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations. He was biosecurity advisor to the Hong Kong Government for the 2008 Equestrian Olympic Games, was the National Technical Official responsible for biosecurity at the London 2012 Equestrian Olympic Games and was a biosecurity advisor for the World Equestrian Games 2014.
He has active research interests (Pathogen Biology Research Group) in infectious respiratory diseases, especially the equine herpesviruses and Streptococcus equi, the cause of strangles.
He is interested in all aspects of equine medicine and has special clinical interests in respiratory and ocular disease
Vet Compass Project Type: Horse
Funded by the RVC’s Mellon Fund for Equine Research and RCVS Knowledge, this project aims to estimate the prevalence of, and determine risk factors for, the most common disorders affecting horses attended to by veterinary practitioners in the UK.
The 'EXotic disease Prevention: Learning from horse Owners to inform Research & Education' (EXPLORE) project aims to improve exotic disease awareness and preparedness within the non-racing horse population.
Veterinary Companion Animal Surveillance System: VetCompass is the RVC's companion animal disease surveillance initiative which analyses clinical data from first-opinion small animal and equine veterinary practices, in order to better understand the conditions affecting the nation’s pets. VetCompass studies are specifically designed to contribute towards long-term improvements in companion animal health and welfare.