Dr  Alex Leander

BVSc, MPhil

Alex has been with the HVS Equine Team since 2015. She graduated from Massey end of 2009 before spending a couple of years in small animal practice in Wellington. She moved to the Waikato in 2011 and did a one year equine medicine and anaesthesia internship program at Matamata Vets Equine. Then she worked with Dr Lee Morris at EquiBreed NZ Ltd, assisting on several research projects and learning advanced reproductive technologies. One of the highlights during this time was to help organising the International Symposium of Equine Reproduction in 2014, where 300 of the worlds’ leading researchers in equine reproduction attended.

Alex main interest are; reproduction, nutrition, research and regenerative medicine. She’s currently working part time as well as doing an MPhil degree, where she’s investigating different sources of stem cells as treatment for lameness conditions in horses. This project is a collaboration between The University of Waikato, EquiBreed NZ Ltd and The New Zealand Equine Research Foundation.

In her spare time Alex also runs her own business Platinum Performance NZ. She’s a keen member of the Waikato Hunt and is very excited about starting a small scale (N=1) warmblood breeding operation this season. Originally from Sweden she loves snow skiing and most winter weekends she can be found teaching her children ski on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu.