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Prof Debra Archer

  • Head of Equine Surgery and Senior Lecturer in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery
  • BVMS PhD CertES(Soft Tissue) DipECVS MRCVS
  • 0151 794 6041


Debbie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and worked in mixed and equine practice before undertaking an equine surgical residency at the University of Liverpool in 2000. During this time Debbie gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (soft tissue) and subsequently gained the ECVS Diploma in Equine Surgery in 2004. She completed a PhD between 2003-2006 investigating the epidemiology of colic at the University of Liverpool. Debbie was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 2006. She divides her time between performing equine clinical work and teaching at the Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital and performing research within the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health (Institute of Global Health, University of Liverpool). She currently holds grants totaling £370,000 on projects that include research on colic and gastrointestinal physiology, African Horse Sickness and laminitis.

Debbie worked at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as head of the veterinary clinic team and works as a treating vet at Bramham and Hartpury international 3 day events. She has given presentations on colic nationally and internationally to veterinary surgeons and horse owners and has recently completed a textbook on equine emergencies for veterinary surgeons. She is also a regular contributor to veterinary articles in the equine press including Horse and Hound and Your Horse magazines.

Clinical Interests

  • Abdominal surgery - gastrointestinal & reproductive
  • Upper respiratory tract imaging and surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Critical care


  • Undergraduate teaching of equine respiratory, dental and abdominal disorders and equine welfare
  • Holds the Certificate in Professional Studies (distinction) in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Has taught veterinary students and veterinary surgeons in Ukraine and Romania and training of veterinary technicians in The Gambia (Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust)

Research interests

  • Epidemiology & evidence-based medicine
  • Equine infectious diseases, including research into African Horse Sickness
  • Gastrointestinal surgery, physiology and parasitology
  • Equine Welfare - developed & developing worldVeterinary sociology, including work on colic and laminitis
  • Imaging of the head