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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience



I am an equine veterinarian with an interest in equine sports medicine and equine welfare. My research is clinically-oriented and centres on factors affecting health, performance and welfare in competition horses, and exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage in racehorses.


Key publications: 

Roberts C, Harris P, Murray R, Cnockaert R, Roberts C, (2014), The relationship between blood lactate, serum muscle enzymes, jumping performance and muscle soreness in show‐jumping horses, Equine vet. J, 46, Issue Suppl. S46, Proceedings of the 9th International conference on Equine Exercise Physiology, (abstract) p 9

Roberts CA, Loines L, Tillett K, (2012), Medicines and their management, In: The Equine Veterinary Nursing Manual (2nd edition). Ed. K. Coumbe. Blackwell Science Ltd., Oxford, pp. 191-200

Roberts CA, (2010), Equine exercise physiology: a challenge for the twenty first century, Keynote presentation, Advances in Animal Biosciences, Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science and the Agricultural Research Forum, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. (abstract) p353.

Franklin SH, Barakzai SZ, Courouce-Malblanc A, Dixon P, Nankervis K, Perkins JD, Roberts CA, van Erck-Westergren E, Allen KJ, (2010), Assessment of the prevalence and types of injuries associated with high-speed treadmill exercise testing, Equine vet. J. Suppl, 38, 70-75

Roberts CA, (2009), The impact of long-term clenbuterol on athletic performance in horses, Veterinary Journal, 182, 377

Deaton CM, Brown-Feltner H, Henley WE, Roberts CA, Lekeux P, Schroter RC, Marlin DJ, (2006), The effect of inspired gas density on pulmonary artery transmural pressure and exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage, Equine vet. J. Suppl. 36, 490-4

Deaton CM, Marlin DJ, Smith NC, Roberts CA, Harris PA, Schroter RC, Kelly FJ, (2005), Antioxidant and inflammatory responses of healthy horses and horses affected by recurrent airway obstruction to inhaled ozone, Equine vet. J. 37, 243-9

Marlin DJ, Fenn K, Smith N, Deaton CD, Roberts CA, Harris PA, Dunster C, Kelly J, (2002), Changes in circulatory antioxidant status in horses during prolonged exercise, J. Nutr, 132 (6 Suppl 2) 1622S-7S

Kirschvink N, Art T, de Moffarts B, Smith N, Marlin D, Roberts C, Lekeux P, (2002), Relationship between markers of blood oxidant status and physiological variables in healthy and heaves-affected horses after exercise, Equine vet. J. Suppl. 34, 59-64

Roberts CA, Erickson HH, (1999), Exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage workshop, Equine vet. J. Suppl. 30, 642-4

Roberts CA, Marlin DJ, Lekeux P, (1999), The effects of training on ventilation and blood gases in exercising thoroughbreds, Equine vet. J. Suppl. 30, 57-61

Mills PC, Roberts CA, Smith NC, (1996), Effects of ozone and airway inflammation on glutathione status and iron homeostasis in the lungs of horses, Am. J. vet. Res. 57, 1359-63

Teaching and Supervisions

Affiliated Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy
Dr Colin  Roberts

Contact Details

+44 (0) 1223 333750