Staff profile

Robin  Gill

Robin Gill


Head of Department, Senior Lecturer
Course Scheme Manager MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy
Veterinary Physiotherapist RAMP registered


I joined Writtle in 2003, following the sale of my business, a large equestrian centre situated in Epping Forest just north of London. The business acquired by MBO in 1999, catered to a wide variety of equestrian disciplines, but focused on dressage to Gran Prix and point to point training. Prior to the management role commencing in 1995, I had completed my HND in equine science at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire and spent many years training and competing, both in the UK and abroad. I had spells working with flat horses for Ray Hutchinson in Newmarket, National Hunt horses for David Nicholson and trained for Dressage at Vilhelmsborg, Denmark’s National Riding Centre under Nis Valdimar-Hansen. I also managed to have over 100 rides in point to points and under rules with a near 16% strike rate before weight issues finally took their toll.

In 2013 I qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist from Harper Adams University and completed research for my Masters in 2015 with a thesis titled ‘The Effect Over Time of 820nm GaAlAs Laser on Mechanical Nociceptive Thresholds in the Equine Gluteal Muscle in Ridden Horses’.

My research interests focus on veterinary physiotherapy in equines. In particular effects of photobiomodulation and prehabilitation on the performance equine. The racing industry and equitation psychology are other areas of specialist interest for me.


MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy, Harper Adams University
BHS Intermediate Instructor
HND Equine Science Hartpury College

2013 THOR Laser Therapy Course
2013 Kinesio Taping Course KT1 & KT2 Equine (Fundamental & Advanced Course)
2012 H&S First Aid at Work, WRITTLE COLLEGE
2005 Equine Law. HARPER ADAMS UC
2005 H&S For Student Placements. ASET, LEEDS MET U
2004 QAA Code of Practice for Placements. ASET, OU LONDON

Subject Areas

Anatomy & Physiology
Physiotherapeutic Techniques and Clinical Skills
Rehabilitation and Remedial Exercise
Clinical Practice for Veterinary Physiotherapists
Equitation Psychology and Philosophy
Equine Exercise Physiology
Veterinary Physiotherapy
Youngstock Production
MSc&BSc Dissertation Supervision


Papers and Conference Proceedings:-

McAteer A, Gill R, de Godoy RF. Impact of Forage Presentation

on the Equine Brachiocephalicus Mechanical Nociceptive

Threshold (MNT) and Forelimb Kinematics. Int J Equine Sci


Bailey, J., Gill, R. and Whitaker, T. C., (2008) Horse gender and fall rate for hurdlers during 2004/05 National Hunt season. British Society of Animal Science, Annual Conference, Scarborough, UK, 313t – 2nd April

Hunt,L.and Gill, R.L. (2018) Comparison of the effectiveness of Photobiomodulation (PBM) on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) between Class IIIb and IV Laser and at high and low doses. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica

Podium Presentation-International Association for Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy 2018 Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

Podium Presentation-International Association for Laser Therapy, Nice Oct 2018