“In the early 1980s, the world of equine veterinary practice was completely male-dominated, and I had little chance of entering it, ” says Sue Dyson. “My entire professional career was jump-started by the Thouron Award” – which enabled her to complete an internship at Penn’s New Bolton Center, one of the leading veterinary schools and hospitals in the world. Today Dyson, based in Suffolk, is an internationally renowned expert in equine orthopaedics – “I’m a sports medicine specialist for horses,” working with animals from all over the United Kingdom and Europe. She lectures and teaches extensively, and provides case management advice and image interpretation to colleagues around the world; she’s also continually involved in clinical research, supervises PhD students and guides two interns a year.