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New Dressage Team Vet

On behalf of British Dressage the British Equestrian Federation has appointed Dr Graham Munroe as World Class Performance Dressage Team Veterinary Surgeon.

Dr Munroe replaces John McEwen, who stepped down from his role as Team Vet after the European Championships in 2001, but remains Honorary Veterinary Advisor to British Dressage. Dr Munroe's appointment completes the World Class Performance Management team for dressage, alongside Ian Williams - Performance Manager and Ferdi Eilberg - Director of Coaching.

Dr Munroe qualified as a vet in 1979 and since then he has specialised in equine clinical practice, working at a number of well-known equine practices including Rossdale & Partners and Scott Dunn & Ward. He was a clinician at the Glasgow and Edinburgh Veterinary Schools for 10 years, and now has his own equine consultancy in Berwickshire, Scotland. He consults at various equine hospitals in Scotland and northern England in surgery, lameness and opthalmology.

Dr Munroe has been Honorary Team Veterinary Surgeon for the British Horse Driving Trials Association since 1994, and has accompanied them to two World Equestrian Games, five World Championships and two European Championships.

In his role as Dressage Team Vet Dr Munroe will attend major international events to provide veterinary care for the team and, most importantly, advise the riders on their horses health and welfare during training. Commenting on his new role Dr Munroe said: "I am particularly looking forward to working with the whole performance team to produce a structured and long-term approach to veterinary care for the dressage team horses."

Speaking about the appointment Performance Manager, Ian Williams, said: "I'm delighted to welcome someone of Dr Munroe's stature and experience on to the dressage management team. We will be working to give the British Dressage team the best possible preparation for the World Equestrian Games, the European Championships in 2003 and the Athens Olympics."

The position of Team Vet is supported by Lottery funds through UK Sport as part of their commitment to developing elite athletes and Great Britain's sporting success. Dr Munroe will take up this new role immediately and will attend the next two-day assessment, taking place at the Unicorn Trust in Gloucestershire at the end of February.

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