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Kathryn Nankervis set up the Equine Therapy Centre at Hartpury in 1999 and oversees all the commercial, teaching and research activity within the Equine Therapy Centre and the Margaret Giffen Centre for Rider Performance.

The Therapy Centre offers rehabilitation for horses recovering from limb lameness and/or back pain, with cases referred from equine practices within the South West region and beyond. The Centre also provides water treadmill exercise as part of the training programmes of dressage and event horses, including the London and Rio Olympic Gold medallist, Valegro. S

he is co-author, with Dr David Marlin of ‘Equine Exercise Physiology’ and she completed a DPhil on the subject of ‘Physiology and Biomechanics relating to Equine Physical Therapy’ in 2013.  She lectures on equine therapy and exercise physiology at Post Graduate level, and has contributed to M.Sc. Veterinary Physiotherapy programmes at the Royal Veterinary College, Liverpool University and Hartpury University.  Her recent research work has focused on water treadmill exercise in horses; particularly the effects on limb and back movement and she co-authored 'Guidelines for Water Treadmill Use' as part of the Equine Hydrotherapy Working Group.

Education/Academic qualification

Physiology and Biomechanics relating to Equine Physical Therapy, DPhil, University of the West of England (UWE)

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Physiology, BSc

Equine Studies, MSc

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Research Output

A scoping review of determinants of performance in dressage

Hobbs, S. J., St. George, L., Reed, J., Stockley, R., Thetford, C., Sinclair, J., Williams, J., Nankervis, K. & Clayton, H., 24 Apr 2020, In : PeerJ. 8, 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

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    The effect of strength training on dynamic postural stability in junior elite horse riders.

    Gaunt, A., Nankervis, K., Deckers, I. & Roberts, M., Feb 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

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    • 4 Publication peer-review
    • 3 Guest Lecturing
    • 3 Oral presentation at Conference
    • 2 Membership of learned societies or subject associations

    Equine Veterinary Journal (Journal)

    Kathryn Nankervis (Reviewer)

    3 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Rapid review of performance determinants in Para-Dressage

    Sarah J. Hobbs (Speaker), L. St. George (Speaker), J. Reed (Speaker), E. Littelfair (Speaker), R. Stockley (Speaker), C. Thetford (Speaker), J. Sinclair (Speaker), Jane Williams (Speaker), Kathryn Nankervis (Speaker) & H. Clayton (Speaker)

    Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation at Conference

    Comparative Exercise Physiology (Journal)

    Kathryn Nankervis (Reviewer)

    Feb 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Can saddle fitters reliably identify the last thoracic dorsal spinous process in horses

    Kathryn Nankervis (Speaker)

    23 Jul 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation at Conference

    International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy (External organisation)

    Kathryn Nankervis (Member)

    28 Feb 2018

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of learned societies or subject associations

    Press / Media

    Equine research into treadmills at hartpury making waves

    Kathryn Nankervis


    1 item of Media coverage

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