Dr Kate Allen

Dr Kate Allen
Dr Kate Allen

Dr Kate Allen

Senior Lecturer in Equine Sports Medicine BVSc PhD CertEM(IntMed) DipACVSMR HEA MRCVS

RCVS and American Specialist in Equine Sports Medicine

Dr Kate Allen was the UK’s first RCVS Equine Sports Medicine Specialist. Her clinical work is in the medicine aspects of sports medicine, and primarily investigates horses with poor performance, respiratory noise, cough, increased respiratory rate and prolonged respiratory recovery. Kate offers a wide range of diagnostic investigations for cardiorespiratory disease. These can be performed at veterinary clinics or in the yard.

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Sports Medicine/ Respiratory Publications

Marr C.M., Franklin S., Garrod G., Wylie C., Smith L., Dukes-McEwan J., Bright J., Allen K. (2020) Exercise-associated rhythm disturbances in poorly performing Thoroughbreds: risk factors and association with racing performance. Equine Vet. J.

Fitzharris L.E., Meehan L.J., Hezzell M.J. and Allen K.J. (2020) The equine diaphragm: A novel technique for repeatable ultrasound measurement. Vet Radiol Ultra doi:10.1111/vru.12903

Katz L., Stallard J., Holtby A., Hill E.W., Allen K.J. and Sweeney J. (2020) Inspiratory muscle training in young, race-fit Thoroughbred racehorses during a period of detraining. Plos One doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0225559

Allen K.J., Fitzharris L.E., and McConnell A.K. (2019) Inspiratory muscle training and testing: Rationale, development and feasibility. Equine Veterinary Journal doi:10.1111/evj.13217

Allen K.J., Tennant K.V. and Franklin S.H. (2019) Effect of inclusion or exclusion of epithelial cells in equine respiratory cytology analysis. Veterinary Journal doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2019.105405

Allen K.J. and Hull J.H. (2019) Active or passive laryngeal closure. Equine Veterinary Education doi.org/10.1111/eve.13209

Fitzharris L.E., Lane J.G. and Allen K.J. (2019) Outcomes of horses treated with removal of a laryngoplasty prosthesis. Veterinary Surgery 48, 465-472

Dodds L., Knight L., Allen K. and Murrell J. (2017) The effect of postsurgical pain on attentional processing in horses. Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia 44, 933-942

Allen K.J. and Procter T. (2016) Winning Margins in Thoroughbred Racehorses. Comparative Exercise Physiology 12, 63-66

Allen K.J., van Erck Westergren E. and Franklin S.H. (2016) Exercise testing in the equine athlete. Equine Veterinary Education 28, 89-98

Allen K.J., Young L.E. and Franklin S.H. (2016) Evaluation of heart rate and rhythm during exercise. Equine Veterinary Education 28, 99-112     

Allen K.J. (2015) Soft palate displacement in horses. In Practice 37, 415-421

Franklin S.H. and Allen K.J. (2017) Assessment of dynamic upper respiratory tract function in the equine athlete. Equine Veterinary Education. 29, 92-103

Fitzharris L.E., Franklin S.H. and Allen K.J. (2015) The prevalence of abnormal breathing patterns during exercise and associations with dynamic upper respiratory tract obstructions. Equine Veterinary Journal 47, 553-556

Offord S., Tulloch LK., Franklin SH, Tremaine WH., Woodford NS and Allen KJ. (2015) The effect of the laryngeal tie-forward procedure and soft palate cautery on nasopharyngeal diameter in horses. Veterinary Record 176, doi.org/10.1136/vr.102509

Allen K.J. and Franklin S.H. (2013) Characteristics of palatal instability in thoroughbred racehorses and their association with the development of dorsal displacement of the soft palate. Equine Veterinary Journal 45, 454-459

Allen K.J. and Franklin S.H. (2013) The effect of palatal dysfunction on measures of ventilation and gas exchange in thoroughbred racehorses during high intensity exercise. Equine Veterinary Journal 45, 350-354

 Allen K.J., Christley R.M., Birchall M.A. and Franklin S.H. (2012) A systematic review of the efficacy of interventions for dynamic intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate. Equine Veterinary Journal 44, 259-266

Hughes K.J., Nicolson L., Da Costa N., Franklin S.H., Allen K.J. and Dunham S.P. (2011) Evaluation of cytokine mRNA expression in bronchoalveolar lavage cells from horses with inflammatory airway disease. Veterinary Immunology Immunopathology 140, 82-89

Allen K.J. and Franklin S.H. (2010) Assessment of the exercise tests used during overground endoscopy in UK thoroughbred racehorses and how these may affect the diagnosis of dynamic upper respiratory tract obstructions. Equine Veterinary Journal Suppl. 38, 587-591

Franklin S.H, Barakzai S.Z, Courouce-Malblanc A., Dixon P., Nankervis K., Perkins J.D, Roberts C.A., van Erck-Westergren E. and Allen K.J. (2010) Investigation of the incidence and types of  injuries associated with high-speed treadmill exercise testing. Equine Veterinary Journal Suppl. 38, 70-75

Allen K.J., Hillyer M.H., Terron-Canedo N. and Franklin S.H. (2011) Equitation and exercise factors affecting dynamic upper respiratory tract function: a review illustrated by case reports. Equine Veterinary Education 23, 361-368

Allen K.J. and Franklin S.H. (2010) Comparisons of overground endoscopy and treadmill endoscopy in U.K. Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Veterinary Journal 42, 186-191

Allen K.J. (2010) Laryngeal paralysis secondary to lead toxicosis. Equine Veterinary Education 22, 182-186

Franklin S.H., Burn J.F. and Allen K.J. (2008) Clinical trials using a telemetric endoscope for use during over-ground exercise: A preliminary study. Equine Veterinary Journal 40, 712-715

McCluskie L.K., Franklin S.H., Lane J.G., Tremaine W.H. and Allen K.J. (2008) The effect of head position on the radiographic assessment of the laryngeal tie-forward procedure. Veterinary Surgery 37, 608-612

Franklin S.H., Brazil T.J. and Allen K.J. (2008) Poor performance associated with gastric ulceration syndrome in four Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Veterinary Education 20, 119-124

Allen K.J., Lane J.G., Woodford N.S. and Franklin S.H. (2007) Severe collapse of the rostral soft palate as a source of abnormal respiratory noise in six ponies and horses. Equine Veterinary Journal 39, 562-566

Allen K.J. and Franklin S.H. (2007) RAO and IAD: respiratory disease in horses revisited. In Practice 29, 76-82

Allen K.J., Tremaine W.H. and Franklin S.H. (2006) Prevalence of inflammatory airway disease in National Hunt horses referred for investigation of poor athletic performance. Equine Veterinary Journal Suppl. 36, 529-534.


Other Media

Haygain - Out of Breath

Boehringer Ingelheim - Environmental management of horses with equine asthma

Development of overground endoscopy

Britain's first formally recognised veterinary specialist in Equine Sports Medicine

Horse & Rider - Out of Breath - “Respiratory disease is common in the horse population, but optimal airway function is critical to achieving peak performance, Vet Kate Allen gives you an insight…”