Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Kris Hughes

BVSc (Hons 1) FANZCVS DipECEIM Associate member ACVIM

Dr Kris HughesKris graduated with a BVSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney (USyd) in 1995, and after 4 years in private veterinary practice, returned to USyd to undertake specialty training in equine medicine. Kris is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM), associate member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) (Large Animal Internal Medicine) and a registered specialist in equine internal medicine. Over the last 20 years, Kris has worked in academia and equine referral hospitals at USyd, University of Glasgow and now CSU, as associate professor in equine medicine.

Kris is involved in undergraduate and post-graduate student education, including research project supervision, clinical research and provision of the equine internal medicine service at the Veterinary Clinical Centre, CSU. He is the director of the veterinary enterprises at CSU. His research interests include lower airway diseases of horses, including immunological aspects; methods of non-invasive diagnosis of inflammatory airway diseases and pulmonary function testing; equine gastroenterology; pharmacological cardiac stress testing in horses, equine endocrinology and parasitology.

His clinical and research interests have resulted in over 80 peer-reviewed publication, over 40 conference presentations and 12 book chapters. Other professional contributions include examiner at specialty level for the ECEIM and ANZCVS, peer-reviewer for national and international journals and contributions to advisory panels on equine endocrinology and parasitology.

Professional links

  • Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Equine Medicine)
  • Diplomate, European College of Equine Internal Medicine
  • Associate member, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Specialist registration in Equine Medicine, Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW
  • Member of the British Equine Veterinary Association

Research Interests

  • Use of exhaled breath analysis for the assessment of lower respiratory tract health and disease in horses
  • Equine parasitology, including anthelmintic resistance
  • Diagnostic testing in equine neurological disease
  • Equine endocrinology
  • Pharmacological cardiac stress testing in horses
  • Epidemiological aspects of rhabdomyolysis in endurance horses
  • Equine gastroenterology
  • Studies of effects of certain pharmaceutical agents on renal physiology in horses