Speaker Spotlight – Professor Josh Slater


Josh has been an equine practitioner for almost 40 years and has extensive experience in Europe, having worked in private veterinary practice and in referral hospitals at the University of Cambridge and Royal Veterinary College, London.

He is a past president of the British Equine Veterinary Association, the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations and the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and was secretary of the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation.

He is chairman of the Horse Trust, one of the UK’s major equine welfare charities, and has served on the boards of several international animal charities. His awards include the Pilkington Prize for Undergraduate Education, the Blue Cross Award for Animal Welfare and the ECEIM Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Postgraduate Education.

He was a co-founder of the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Association (BARTA) and has been a veterinary lead in the large animal rescue initiative in the UK from the start. Working with Jim Green, he has been instrumental in promoting joint training and working between the veterinary profession and the Fire and Rescue Service and is a veterinary representative on the National Fire Chiefs Council – Animal Rescue Practitioner Forum. 

Josh is a current board member. He was the veterinary lead for animal emergency incident management in the UK, working closely with emergency responders and other agencies, and was a significant contributor to the establishment of emergency services and veterinary training in animal incident management and was an advisor for the FRS during the writing of the UK’s National Occupational Guidance for incidents involving animals.

He is currently the chair of the Animal Emergency Incident Management Network (ANZ).

He is a practicing veterinarian, clinical researcher and educator, speaker and author of book chapters and scientific articles on a wide range of equine veterinary topics.