Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts
Veronica Roberts

Veronica Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Equine Medicine MA Cantab) VetMB MA(Oxon) PGCert(HE) DipECEIM MRCVS

RCVS and European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

Veronica qualified from the University of Cambridge in 2003 having previously graduated from the University of Oxford. She has experience of working in a number of referral and university hospitals in the UK and Europe. Her clinical interests are in all aspects of equine medicine, and in particular headshaking. Her research in headshaking, funded by the British Neuropathological Society, The Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare and BOVA UK Ltd, working in conjunction with Algotec Research and Development UK Ltd, has led to the use of EquiPENS™ treatment for trigeminally-mediated headshakers.

Veronica’s headshaking research is world leading, she has published ten peer-reviewed papers as well as numerous book chapters and magazine articles. Veronica continues her work to develop safe and effective treatment for trigeminally-mediated headshakers. Veronica’s passion for horses goes beyond her veterinary work. She has also competed at Advanced Medium in dressage and trained her own horses. 

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Scientific Publications


Roberts VLH, Bailey M, The EquiPENS™ Group, Patel N.K. (2019) Safety and efficacy of EquiPENS™ neuromodulation for the management of trigeminal mediated headshaking in 168 horses. Equine Veterinary Journal. Aug 28. Epub ahead of print.  

Roberts VLH (2018) Trigeminal-mediated headshaking in horses: prevalence, impact and management strategies. (2019) Veterinary Medicine; Research and Reports (Auckl). Jan 9;10 1-8  

Roberts VLHFews D, McNamara J, Love S. (2017) ‘Trigeminal nerve root demyelination not seen in six horses diagnosed with trigeminal-mediated headshaking’ Frontiers in Veterinary Science, section Veterinary Neurology and Neurosurgery. Original research article.  

Ross SE, Murray JK, Roberts VLH (2017) ‘Prevalence of headshaking within the equine population in the UK’ Equine Veterinary Journal. Original research article.  

Wilmink S, Warren-Smith CM, Roberts VL.H (2015) Validation of the accuracy of needle placement as used in diagnostic local analgesia of the maxillary nerve for investigation of trigeminally mediated headshaking in horses. Vet Rec. Feb 7;176(6):148.  

Roberts V.L.H., Patel N.K., Tremaine W.H. (2016) Neuromodulation using percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for the management of trigeminal-mediated headshaking: A safe procedure resulting in medium-term remission in five of seven horses. Equine Vet J. 2016 Mar;48(2):201-4.  

Roberts V.L.H. (2014) Idiopathic headshaking: is it still idiopathic? (Guest editorial). Vet J. Jul;201(1):7-8.  

Roberts V.L.H., Perkins J.D., Skärlina E., Gorvy D.A., Tremaine W.H., Williams A., McKane S.A., White I. And Knottenbelt D.C. (2013) Caudal anaesthesia of the infraorbital nerve for diagnosis of idiopathic headshaking and caudal compression of the infraorbital nerve for its treatment, in 58 horses. Equine Veterinary Journal:45(1):107-10  

Roberts V.L.H. (2011) Idiopathic headshaking: understanding the pathophysiology. (Guest editorial). Vet Rec 17(8).  

Roberts V.L.H., McKane S.A., Williams A. and Knottenbelt D.C. (2009) Caudal compression of the infraorbital nerve: a novel surgical technique for treatment of idiopathic headshaking and assessment of its efficacy in 24 horses. Equine Vet J. 41(2): 165-7  


Roberts V.L.H., Knottenbelt D.C., Williams A. and McKane S.A. (2008) Suspected primary lactose intolerance in neonatal foals. Equine vet. Educ. 20, 249-251.  

Roberts V.L.H., Knottenbelt D.C., Hetzel U., McKane S.A. (2007) Abstract: ‘Dense bilateral congenital cataracts in the horse: is there a latent period for their surgical treatment?’ J Vet Int Med 21,4:884.  

Skarlina E.M., Tvedten H.W., Roberts V.L.H., Gorvy D.A. (2015) Resection of a ceruminous adenocarcinoma in a horse by a modified vertical ear canal ablation. Equine Vet Educ. 27(9) 462-466.  

Williams A., Christley R., McKane S.A., Roberts V.L.H., Clegg P.D., Williams N. (2013) ‘Antimicrobial resistance changes in equine enteric Escherichia Coli during hospitalisation: resistance profiling of isolates’ Vet J. Jan;195(1):121-6.  

Compostella F., Roberts V.L.H. and Tremaine W.H. (2012) Haemoabdomen and colitis following a colon displacement in a 9 year old Thoroughbred mare. Equine Vet. Educ. 24(11)563-568.  

Knottenbelt D.C., Roberts V.L.H., Hetzel U. (2007) Case report: ‘Primary intraocular primitive neuroectodermal tumour (retinoblastoma) causing unilateral blindness in a mare.’ J Vet Ophth. Nov-Dec;10(6):348-56  

Articles for Referring Vets

Smith S., Roberts V. (2018) Neurological diseases: current threats and diagnostic options. Vet Times 

Donoho E. (2019) Headshaking - H&H busts the myths. Horse and hound.