LOOK AT THE SCIENCE
DR CHRIS POLLITT
Bachelor of Science from Massey University, New Zealand in 1968, practising veterinary surgeon in New Zealand, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland until commencing PhD studies in the Physiology Department of The University of Queensland and 61 publications in international peer-reviewed journals along with 71 conference proceedings he knows his stuff!
Dr. Pollitt created the Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit in 1996. The unit has become internationally competitive, attracting over $2 million in research funding. With the mission of "Elucidating the mechanism of laminitis to make laminitis a preventable disease" the unit has become an international focus of laminitis and equine foot biology research.
In 2009 Professor Chris Pollitt's paper was published into the success of cryotherapy in treating laminitis. The results are conclusive and prove that cold water therapy effectively ameliorates the clinical signs and pathology of acute laminitis.
PROFESSOR EVAN HUNT
MVSc, PhD, G. Dip.Ed (Tert)
University of Sydney, Australia
After developing an interest in racehorses and their problems as a child, Evan completed his veterinary degree at Sydney University in 1996 and took positions in rural NSW. For four years he was located at Wagga Wagga Agricultural College, responsible for livestock health teaching and veterinary supervision of the large Arabian horse stud, during which time he completed his Masters degree leading to a return to Sydney to complete his Doctorate looking at the way nutrition influenced how liver reacts to drugs and poisons.
Missing the hands on veterinary aspect of horses Evan moved to Orange in 1973 to head up the livestock teaching team at the newly established Orange Agricultural College which later became a campus of the University of Sydney. He developed the horse management teaching program and facilities based around equestrian sports and racing where horses were bred on farm and taken through to the peformance product. Dealing with anything up to 200 horses on College at any one time he saw many types of the inevitable injuries that horses seem to enjoy creating to test the minds of their owners and attending veterinarians. His research base and enquiring mind meant he was prepared to look at old and new ways of injury treatment.
An early breakthrough was his research into the use of a new technology bandage called BIOBAND which was used to cover wounds and contained the antibacterial compound Triclosan, found in many hand washes and toothpaste. The rate of wound healing was found to increase markedly and more importantly bandages only needed to be changed every four days. BIOBAND is now used routinely in all equine practices in Australia and now available in the UK.
For the last four years of his career before retiring in 2001 as Associate Professor from University of Sydney Orange, Evan researched the development and effectiveness of spa bath hydrotherapy for horses. His research led to the commercialisation of spa baths and the incorporation of controlled temperature cold therapy for improved healing of lower leg injuries of horses.