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Sarah Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Equine Orthopaedics

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Phone: 0131 650 6252Fax: 0131 650 8824

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Liverpool
Master of Research, University of Edinburgh
Master of Equine Science
Bachelors in Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, University of Edinburgh

Professional Qualifications

2019Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, DiplECVSMR
2012RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery
2007Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (European College of Veterinary Surgeons)
2004Certificate in Equine Orthopaedics (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons)
2001Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Biography

Sarah graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 following which she spent a year in mixed practice in North Wales before returning to the Dick vet to undertake a residency in Equine Surgery. During her residency Sarah completed a Masters degree assessing synovial fluid markers in horses with bone spavin and was also awarded the RCVS Certificate in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery in 2004. Sarah became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2007. She was award a Horserace Betting Levy Board Research Training Scholarship in 2009 to undertake a PhD investigating the use of mesenchymal stem cells for equine tendon disease at the University of Liverpool under the supervision of Professor Clegg.

On completion of her PhD in 2010 she returned to the Dick Vet for the second time to accept the post of Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery. Subsequently Sarah spent a sabbatical during 2011 working as a surgeon at the Liphook Equine Hospital, Surrey. Sarah became RCVS Specialist in Equine Surgery in 2012. She has a keen clinical interest in equine sports medicine and surgery, while her research interests continue to focus on stem cells and MRI.

Teaching

BVM&S Year 4

Equine Orthopaedics

BVM&S Year 5

Final Year Rotations

All Years

MSc Equine Science

Clinical Expertise and Specialisation

Royal College Specialist in Equine Surgery

European Specialist in Equine Surgery

Equine Orthopaedics

Equine Surgery

Equine advanced diagnostic imaging

Current Research Interests

Molecular pathogenesis of equine osteoarthritis and novel biological treatments using regenerative medicine (stem cells and autologous conditioned serum).

Research Interests

Current project grants

• HBLB 2019-23 Clinical Scholar funding Magnetic resonance spectroscopy of the distal metacarpus in horses with and without catastrophic fractures. 
• HBLB 2019-22 PI Major grant Profiling microRNA for the prediction of orthopaedic disease in the Thoroughbred racehorse 
• Horse Trust 2019-22 PhD Research training scholarship MicroRNA biomarkers of equine chronic osteoarthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint. 
• Horse Trust 2019-22 PhD Research training scholarship Small non-coding RNAs to stratify acute osteoarthritis of the metacarpophalangeal joint in the horse. 

Past project grants

• HBLB Clinical Scholar funding 2015 Metabolomics as a predictor of metacarp(tarso)phalangeal subchondral bone disease in the Thoroughbred racehorse 
• Fiona and Ian Russell Seed Corn grant 2014 Do platelet or white blood cell numbers affect cytokine or miRNA gene expression of autologous conditioned serum in two different commercially available products? 
• Nupsala Do platelet or white blood cell numbers affect cytokine or miRNA gene expression of autologous conditioned serum in two different commercially available products? 
• HBLB Scientific Research Grant 2013: Collaborator Exploring new sources of MSCs in horses

• HBLB Travel grant 2009 The influence of aligned polycaprolactone nanofibre meshes on gene expression and cellular orientation of tendon fibroblasts (2009) ISL&T Congress, Las Vegas, USA. 
• Pfizer Travel grant 2008 Co-culture of tendon fibroblasts with mesenchymal stromal cells increases collagen type I expression (2008) BEVA Congress, Liverpool, UK 
• HBLB Travel grant 2008 Recapitulating a tendon phenotype RT-PCR markers in vivo comparison to in vitro culture systems (2008) ISL&T Congress, San Francisco, USA. 
• Pfizer Travel grant 2007. Application of strain to co-cultures of tendon fibroblasts and mesenchymal stromal cells decreases tenascin-C and collagen type V expression (2008) BSMB, York, UK 
• HBLB Travel grant 2007 Recapitulating a tendon phenotype RT-PCR markers in vivo comparison to in vitro culture systems (2008) ISL&T Congress, San Francisco, USA. 
• HBLB PhD Research Training Scholarship 2006-2009. Establishing key component of tendon repair in vitro (at this time awarded to the candidate not the establishment) 
• Dame Uvarov RCVS Trust Scholarship 2004 
• BEVA Trust Travel Scholarship 2004. . Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein in synovial fluid from horses with a clinical diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the distal tarsal joints (bone spavin) compared to normal horses. (2005) ECVS Congress, Lyon, France. 

Administrative Roles

Equine Orthopaedics

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