Chris Proudman graduated in 1988 from the University of Cambridge and worked for 2 years in mixed practice in Buckinghamshire. In 1990 he undertook a three-year clinical training in Equine Gastroenterology and Soft-Tissue Surgery at the University of Liverpool. This was followed by a PhD at Liverpool that explored the association between tapeworms and intestinal disease in the horse. In 1996 he was appointed Lecturer in Equine Soft-Tissue Surgery at the University of Liverpool’s Vet School and in 2005 he was appointed to the Chair in Equine Studies at Liverpool.
Chris’s overarching research interest has been equine intestinal health. He was the principle investigator on a nine year post-operative survival study of horses undergoing intestinal surgery and has published widely on different types of equine intestinal disease, including intestinal parasitism and equine grass sickness (dysautonomia).
His current research focus is understanding the intestinal microbiome of the horse in health and disease. Metabolomic and metagenomic approaches are being used to establish the profile and variability of the healthy gut microbial communities and to characterise the equine metabonome. Benchmarking the healthy gut microbiome and metabonome will provide essential platforms for the exploration of equine intestinal health and disease.