Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences


BSc, PGDipl VCS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Information
Address:  Room 507, 5/F, Block 2, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 3442-5610
Fax: +852 3442-0589

Research profile: CityU Scholars


Dr Sarah Rosanowski joined City University of Hong Kong in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor in Evidence Based Veterinary Medicine. She contributes to the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine by teaching biostatistics for veterinarians, animal welfare and evidence-based veterinary medicine. She also conducts research in the area of veterinary epidemiology, mostly in horses and companion animals.

Sarah joined us from the Royal Veterinary College, London, UK, where she worked for three years as a Post-Doctoral Researcher on the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) funded project 'Nature versus nurture: modelling environmental and genetic contributions to risk of racehorse injury in UK Thoroughbreds'. Sarah is originally from New Zealand, where she was working as a lecturer at the EpiCentre, Massey University, teaching and coordinating papers for the undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary, equine and epidemiology programmes and supervising masters and PhD students. At the EpiCentre her research projects included an economic analysis for the control of equine influenza, disease outbreak description in Kiwifruit and investigating anthelmintic resistance in horses in the racing industry.

Sarah completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Studies (with Distinction) at the EpiCentre, Massey University in 2009, and completed a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology in 2012. Sarah's thesis was entitled "Epidemiological investigation of the New Zealand horse population and the control of equine influenza". In 2018, Sarah received her Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education from the Royal Veterinary College.

Sarah's research background is in human biomedical and agricultural research, in university and commercial research environments. She has been involved in the development of, and holds a patent for, a diagnostic test for host mediated parasite resistance and investigating biomarkers for parasite resistance in sheep.


Sarah's research background has been varied, from developing diagnostic tests for gastrointestinal parasitism in sheep, to identifying fear and anxiety in companion animals attending veterinary clinics and exotic disease outbreak investigation in kiwifruit. She is particularly interested in equine epidemiology and has worked for a number of years on racehorse-based research, including racehorse welfare and injury related projects, and she thrives on collaborative projects with veterinarians from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the Singapore Turf Club, and the British Horseracing Authority.

Sarah has also maintained her interest in infectious disease control and preparedness. She is currently a co-investigator on a £173,000 project funded by Alborada Trust entitled "How prepared is the racing industry for an exotic disease outbreak?” with Drs Kelsey Spence and Jackie Cardwell from the Royal Veterinary College and Prof. Josh Slater at Melbourne University. Previous projects have been funded by grants from the New Zealand Equine Trust, to investigate current parasite control practices and the economic impact of an exotic disease outbreak in New Zealand horses, and by Zespri to investigate the spatial and temporal description of the PSA outbreak in kiwifruit.

Selected Publications

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SM Rosanowski, TE Carpenter, D Adamson, CW Rogers, P Pearce, N Cogger (2019):
An economic analysis of a contingency model utilising vaccination for the control of equine influenza in a non-endemic country.
PloS one 14 (1)

ABS Sidhu, SM Rosanowski, AM Davis, JF Griffith, P Robinson (2019):
Comparison of Metzenbaum scissors and Y-shaped fasciotome for deep metatarsal fasciotomy for the treatment of proximal suspensory ligament desmopathy in horses.
Veterinary Surgery

SM Rosanowski, YM Chang, AJ Stirk, KLP Verheyen (2019):
Epidemiology of race‐day distal limb fracture in flat racing Thoroughbreds in Great Britain (2000–2013).
Equine Veterinary Journal 51 (1), 83-89

L McGlinchey, RR Hanson, LH Boone, SM Rosanowski, M Coleridge, C Souza, AS Munsterman (2018):
Bursting strength of surgeon's and self‐locking knots for closure of ventral midline celiotomy in horses.
Veterinary Surgery 47 (8), 1080-1086

SM Rosanowski, M Banica, E Ellis, E Farrow, C Harwood, B Jordan, C James, D McKenna, M Fox, DP Blake (2018):
The molecular characterisation of Cryptosporidium species in relinquished dogs in Great Britain: a novel zoonotic risk?
Parasitology Research 117 (5), 1663-1667

Sarah M Rosanowski, Felim S MacEoin, Robyn Graham, Chris M Riggs (2017):
Open standing castration in Thoroughbred racehorses in Hong Kong: Prevalence and severity of complications 30-days post-castration.
Equine Veterinary Journal. DOI: 10.1111/evj.12758

SM Rosanowski, YM Chang, AJ Stirk, KLP Verheyen (2018):
Risk factors for race-day fatality in flat racing Thoroughbreds in Great Britain (2000 to 2013).
PloS one 13 (3)

SM Rosanowski, YM Chang, AJ Stirk, KLP Verheyen (2017):
Risk factors for race-day fatality, distal limb fracture and epistaxis in Thoroughbreds racing on all-weather surfaces in Great Britain (2000 to 2013).
Preventive Veterinary Medicine 148, 58-65

Leah McGlinchey, Michael Hurley, Chris M. Riggs, Sarah M Rosanowski (2017):
Description of the incidence, clinical presentation and outcome of proximal limb and pelvic fracture in Hong Kong racehorses (2003-2014).
Equine Veterinary Journal. DOI:10.1111/evj.12696

Sarah Allen, Sarah M. Rosanowski, Anthony J. Stirk, Kristien L.P. Verheyen (2017):
Description of veterinary events and risk factors for fatality in National Hunt flat racing Thoroughbreds in Great Britain (2000-2013).
Equine Veterinary Journal. DOI: 10.1111/evj.12676

Sarah M Rosanowski, Charlotte Bolwell, Ian Scott, Patrick Sells, Chris W Rogers (2017):
The efficacy of Ivermectin against strongyles in yearlings on Thoroughbred breeding farms in New Zealand.
Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies. DOI: 10.1016/j.vprsr.2017.02.001

Chris W Rogers, Erica Gee, Charlotte Bolwell, Sarah M Rosanowski (2017):
Commercial equine production in New Zealand. 2. Growth and development of the equine athlete.
Animal Production Science. DOI: 10.1071/AN16752

Chris W Rogers, Erica Gee, Charlotte Bolwell, Sarah M Rosanowski (2017):
Commercial equine production in New Zealand. 3. The racing and sport industries.
Animal Production Science. DOI: 10.1071/AN16753

Sarah M Rosanowski, Yu-Mei Chang, Anthony J Stirk, Kristien L.P. Verheyen (2016):
Descriptive epidemiology of veterinary events in flat racing Thoroughbreds in Great Britain (2000 to 2013).
Equine Veterinary Journal. DOI: 10.1111/evj.12592

Michael Hurley, Chris M. Riggs, Naomi Cogger, Sarah M Rosanowski (2016):
The incidence and risk factors for shipping fever in horses transported by air to Hong Kong: Results from a 2-year prospective study.
The Veterinary Journal. DOI: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2016.01.006

Sarah M Rosanowski, Ian Scott, Patrick D. Sells, Chris W. Rogers, Charlotte Bolwell (2015):
Cross-sectional survey of parasite control practices on Thoroughbred and Standardbred training yards in New Zealand.
Equine Veterinary Journal. DOI: 10.1111/evj.12558

Leah Jo Toombs-Ruane, Christopher B. Riley, Anna T. Kendall, Kate E. Hill, Jackie Benschop, Sarah M Rosanowski (2015):
Antimicrobial susceptibility of bacteria isolated from neonatal foal samples submitted to a New Zealand veterinary pathology laboratory (2004 to 2013).
New Zealand Veterinary Journal. DOI: 10.1080/00480169.2015.1109006