The equine hospital employs six residents whose job involves admission and evaluation of cases, their treatment and ongoing hospital care. The residents are a key part of the clinical team and are all qualified veterinary surgeons who have several years post-qualification experience working in practice. In addition, many of them have completed internships at various institutions in the UK and abroad.

Residency positions at the Equine Hospital are highly sought after and each of our residents are completing further training towards a European Diploma in either Equine Surgery or Equine Internal Medicine under the supervision of a team of senior clinicians. As well as working on clinics, our residents spend some time ‘off clinics’ completing speciality rotations at this and other institutions and conducting their clinical research projects.

If you are a veterinary surgeon wishing to apply for a residency position, view our opportunities.

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Matthew Cullen

After graduating from Bristol in 2012, Matthew completed an 18 month internship at Rainbow Equine Hospital in Yorkshire. He then spent 2 and a half years in ambulatory practice at Onley Equine Vets and, after a brief stint travelling, started his residency at Leahurst in 2017. Matthew is working towards surgical specialist status and the ECVS diploma, as well as carrying out research in colic epidemiology as part of an MPhil degree. 

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April Lawson

April graduated from the University of Bristol and also gained an intercalated degree in Pathology and Microbiology. She initially held an ambulatory position in an equine first opinion practice in Devon and later joined Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic in Kent as a hospital intern for 1 year. In 2017, April started a Residency in Equine Medicine at the University of Liverpool training towards specialising in this field. She is currently undertaking a Certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice in Equine Medicine and is also working towards a Master’s Degree. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her Labrador, Phoebe. 

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Amie Wilson

Amie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2014. She then moved to Alnorthumbria, an equine practice in beautiful Northumberland where she stayed for three years. She then spent a year travelling the world, and worked for a foal season in rural New South Wales, Australia. 

In 2018 she moved back to her homeland, Cheshire,  to work in a busy equine hospital. In May 2019 she started her residency in Equine Internal Medicine here at the University of Liverpool. 

She is currently working towards her ECEIM diploma in Equine Internal Medicine, and her RCVS Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in Equine Medicine. 

In her spare time, Amie enjoys running, walking her beautiful Labrador Rummy and exploring new places. 

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Shelly Hann

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Shelly graduated in 2011 from Massey University, New Zealand. She worked in mixed practice for 3 years before spending a year travelling the world. In 2015, Shelly moved to England and began an internship at Liphook Equine Hospital. Shelly joined us as a Resident in Equine Surgery in March 2017. She is currently studying towards a Master's degree and in her spare time she enjoys horse riding, skiing, hiking and outdoor pursuits. 

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Luis Filipe Louro

Luis completed his degree in Veterinary Medicine in June 2011 and visited hospitals in the USA, Belgium, Spain and the UK to complete his integrated Master's degree in Equine Osteochondrosis. He then worked in Portugal where he started to develop his interests in equine surgery and anaesthesia. He undertook an internship at the renowned Veterinair Centrum Someren in The Netherlands. After finishing his internship, Luis moved to the UK in 2013 and since then he has been responsible for the anaesthesia department in two renowned equine hospitals in Berkshire. In 2018, Luis was awarded the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice by the RCVS.

Luis' clinical interests include equine anaesthesia, pain management and critical care and his research interests include pre-anaesthetic examinations and loco-regional anaesthesia.