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Associate Professor Samantha Franklin

Telephone +61 8 8521 2931
Position Assoc Professor in Equine Physiology
Fax +61 8 8313 7956
Building Equine Health and Performance Centre
Campus Roseworthy
Org Unit School of Animal and Veterinary Science

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Biography/ Background

Sam graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Bristol in 1995 and after several years in mixed practice, returned to Bristol to complete a PhD relating to dynamic upper airway obstructions in equine athletes. Sam subsequently ran the Equine Sports Medicine Referral Service at the University of Bristol for 11 years before moving to the University of Adelaide in 2010.

Sam's clinical and research interests relate to poor performance in equine athletes, with a particular interest in cardiorespiratory disorders.  She is renowned internationally for her work relating to dynamic upper airway obstructions in horses and has published widely in this field. Whilst in the UK, Sam was instrumental in the development of the world's first overground endoscope, with the aid of funding from the Horserace Betting Levy Board. This technique has revolutionised the diagnosis of dynamic upper airway collapse in horses by enabling animals to be examined during exercise under normal riding conditions.

Sam is board certified in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation and is a member of the International Committee on Equine Exercise Physiology. She is the national committee chair for the 2018 conference which will be held in Australia.



BVSc, University of Bristol, UK (1995)

PhD, University of Bristol, Uk (2003)

Dip ACVSMR (Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation) (2015)



Book Chapter:

Remote Endoscopy. In: Equine Surgery, 4th edition. Eds Auer and Stick. (2011)

Selected Journal Articles:

Allen K.J., Christley R.M., Birchall M.A. and Franklin S.H. (2011) A systematic review of the efficacy of interventions for dynamic intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate. Equine Vet J. Pub online 26 Aug.

 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. EVE 23 (70): 361-368.

Kristopher J. Hughes, Lesley Nicolson, Nuno Da Costa, Samantha H. Franklin, Katherine J. Allen, Stephen P. Dunham (2011) Evaluation of cytokine mRNA expression in bronchoalveolar lavage cells from horses with inflammatory airway disease. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 140: 82–89.

 Allen KJ and Franklin SH (2010) Comparisons of overground endoscopy and treadmill endoscopy in U.K. Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J 42 (3): 186-191.

Franklin, S., Barakzia, S, Courouce-Malblanc, A., Dixon, P. Nankervis., K., Perkins, J., Roberts, C. Van Erck, E. and Allen, K. (2010) Assessment of the prevalence and types of injuries associated with high-speed treadmill exercise testing. Equine Vet J. 42(Suppl. 38) 70-75.

Allen, KJ., Terron-Canedo, N and Franklin, SH. (2010). Assessment of the exercise tests used during overground endoscopy in UK thoroughbred racehorses and how this affects the diagnosis of dynamic upper respiratory tract obstructions. Equine Vet J 42 (Suppl. 38) 587 -591).

Franklin SH, Burn JF, Allen KJ. (2008) Clinical trials using a telemetric endoscope for use during over-ground exercise: a preliminary study. Equine Vet J. 40(7):712-5. 

McCluskie LK, Franklin SH, Lane JG, Tremaine WH, Allen KJ. (2008) Effect of head position on radiographic assessment of laryngeal tie-forward procedure in horses. Vet Surg. 37(7):608-12.

Franklin, S.H. (2008) Dynamic collapse of the upper respiratory tract: A review. Equine Vet Educ. 20 (4): 212-22424.

Franklin, S.H. Brazil, T. J. and Allen, K.J. (2008) Case report - Poor performance associated with Equine Gastric Ulceration Syndrome in four Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet. Educ.  20 (3): 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 horses and ponies. Equine Vet. J. 39 (6): 562-6 

Allen, K.A. and Franklin, S.H.  (2007) RAO and IAD: Equine respiratory disease revisited. In Practice 29 (2): 76-82 

Lane, J.G., Bladon, B., Little, D.R.M., Naylor, J.R.J. and Franklin, S.H. (2006) Dynamic obstructions of the equine upper respiratory tract 1: observations during high-speed treadmill endoscopy of 600 Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J. 38 (5): 393 -399. 

Lane, J.G., Bladon, B., Little, D.R.M., Naylor, J.R.J. and Franklin, S.H. (2006) Dynamic obstructions of the equine upper respiratory tract 2: a comparison between endoscopic findings at rest and those recorded during high- speed treadmill exercise of 600 Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J. 38 (5): 401 – 407. 

J. F. Burn and S. H. Franklin. (2006) Measurement of abnormal respiratory sounds during over-ground exercise. Equine Vet J. 38 (4): 319 – 323. 

Franklin, S.H., Naylor, J.R.J. and Lane, J.G.  (2006) Videoendoscopic evaluation of the upper respiratory tract in 93 sport horses during exercise testing on a high-speed treadmill. Equine Vet J suppl. 36: 540 – 545. 

Allen, K., Tremaine, H. and Franklin S. (2006) Prevalence of inflammatory airway disease in National Hunt horses referred for investigation of poor athletic performance. Equine Vet J suppl. 36: 529 – 534. 

Richardson, L., Wakley, G. and Franklin S.H. (2006) Quantitative evaluation of the equine soft palate using histomorphometry. The Veterinary Journal. 172 (1): 78 – 85. 

Franklin, S.H., Price, C. and Burn, J.F. (2004). The displaced equine soft palate as a source of abnormal respiratory noise during expiration. Equine Vet J. 36 (7): 590 – 594. 

Franklin, S.H. Usmar, S.G., Lane, J.G. Shuttleworth, J. and Burn, J.F. (2003). Spectral analysis of respiratory noise in horses with upper airway disorders. Equine Vet J. 35 (3): 264 -268. 

Franklin, S.H., Naylor, J.R.J. and Lane, J.G. (2002). Effect of dorsal displacement of the soft palate on ventilation and airflow during high-intensity exercise. Equine Exercise Physiology 6. Equine Vet. J. Suppl. 34: 379-384. 

Franklin, S.H., Naylor, J.R.J. and Lane J.G. (2002). The effect of a tongue-tie in horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate. Equine Exercise Physiology 6. Equine Vet J. Suppl. 34: 430 – 433. 



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