Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics
Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
Sue is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics, with a particular interest in lameness and poor performance in sports horses. Having trained horses and competed at Advanced level eventing and Grade A showjumping, and a passionate interest in sports horses, Sue has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses from all disciplines. She is highly skilled in the diagnosis of both subtle and complex lameness cases. She is also an expert in diagnostic imaging, including radiography, ultrasonography, scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging.
Sue has lectured internationally and published more than 230 refereed papers in scientific journals, relating to lameness and diagnostic imaging in the horse. Sue is co-Editor and major author of ‘Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse’, ‘Equine Scintigraphy’ and ‘Clinical Radiology of the Horse’ . In 2000 Sue was awarded the British Equine Veterinary Association John Hickman Orthopaedic Award for outstanding contributions to equine orthopaedics. In 2005 Sue was made an Honorary Member of the British Equine Veterinary Association. In 2007 Sue was awarded the Tierklinik Hochmoor award for outstanding, innovative and lasting contributions to equine veterinary medicine world-wide and in 2013 she received the American Association of Equine Practitioners Frank J. Milne Award. In 2014 Sue was made a Honorary Member of the Societa Italiana Veterinari Per Equini.
Sue works extensively correlating the results of clinical investigation and diagnostic imaging, and responses to treatment providing evidence- based results. This meticulous approach to diagnosis also results in the recognition of new clinical conditions. Correlation of diagnostic imaging findings with detailed post mortem examinations helps to advance knowledge about image interpretation and to understand better how some lameness conditions develop, and thus how they may be prevented.
Associate of European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
RCVS Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics
Rachel Murray specialises in research into lameness, sport horse performance problems and the use of MRI in the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue injuries. She is a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons, and has led a number of studies investigating dressage horse training, injury and performance. She has published over 100 articles on orthopaedic problems in horses and is invited to lecture worldwide.
Rachel graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Cambridge, during which time she was awarded the RCVS Lawson, Walley and Williams prize. After graduation she spent 5 years working in the USA, initially as an Intern in Equine Medicine and Surgery at the University of Missouri and then as a Resident in Equine Surgery at Kansas State University. She followed this by a period as an Instructor before returning to England to become the equine surgeon at the University of Cambridge.
She subsequently completed a PhD investigating exercise-associated joint adaptation and injury. She has been based at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket since 1997, during which time she has developed the orthopaedic research and equine magnetic resonance imaging diagnostic service. Her research is centred around sports horse injury development and association with training, and application of advanced imaging techniques in the diagnosis of orthopaedic injury.
In addition to providing scientific advice for World Class Performance, she has also worked as a veterinary surgeon with the Great Britain Dressage and Show jumping teams, so was integrally involved in the preparation for London 2012, as well as being on site for the Olympics itself.
She is an advanced dressage rider and is currently competing 2 horses at Intermediare and Grand Prix level. Rachel has experience training young horses up to Grand Prix level, as well as ponies to International level. She has previously trained through the BHS exam system, and competed in a variety of equestrian sports including achieving a silver medal at the European student championships in 1985.
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Annamaria qualified in 2004 in Hungary. After two internships at Dubai Equine Hospital and the Animal Health Trust, she spent some time in an equine ambulatory practice and then completed a residency in equine diagnostic imaging at the University of Bristol. Following her residency she worked as an equine orthopaedic clinician at the AHT. Annamaria was awarded an RCVS Fellowship for her thesis on magnetic resonance imaging of the carpus and proximal metacarpal region and a PhD for her work on epidemiology of eliminations from international endurance rides. Annamaria has published over 20 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been a speaker at national and international conferences.
Annamaria has an equine background; she started riding as a small child and later competed in show-jumping at national level in Hungary. Annamaria is a 4* FEI endurance veterinarian and has worked as a team veterinarian for the British Development Squad and the Hungarian Young Rider Team. She has also supported individual endurance riders at international rides and championships. In these roles she has developed a keen interest in lameness and poor performance in endurance horses and has recognised the challenge of diagnosing their underlying causes.
Although Annamaria has a special interest in performance horses (particularly endurance) and advanced diagnostic imaging, she equally enthusiastic about diagnosing and treating lameness of pleasure horses that are often of high emotional value.
RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
European and American Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
Anna qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004 with distinction in Equine Studies and the equine elective medal. After a short stint in mixed practice, she returned to the RVC for an internship and then completed specialist training in internal medicine at the world renowned New Bolton Centre. After working on the Curragh in Ireland, she joined a busy equine practice in Berkshire as an internal medicine consultant, and was a member of the equine support team for Paralympic Team GBR at London 2012.
Anna was awarded the Diploma of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009, was recognised as a European specialist in 2014, and has been an examiner for both the American and European colleges of equine internal medicine. She has published widely in the field of equine internal medicine and oncology in scientific journals and veterinary textbooks, and has lectured both nationally and internationally.
Consultant Senior Clinician in Equine Diagnostic Imaging and Oncology
Merry completed her veterinary degree at Cambridge University in 1999, an internship in equine surgery in the USA in 2000 and an equine surgical residency at Liverpool University in 2004. She worked as a surgeon in private equine practice in the UK from 2004 –2005, gaining her ECVS diploma in equine surgery. She then completed a PhD comparing high-field and low-field MRI in the equine distal limb at the Animal Heath Trust. From 2009 Merry was based at Newmarket Equine Hospital where she set up and ran standing low field MRI and nuclear scintigraphy services and worked as an out of hours emergency surgeon. Merry was made a large animal associate of ECVDI in 2011. In 2013 Merry set up "Image Equine", an independent telemedicine service consulting and reporting on all forms of equine imaging. Merry continues to provide emergency surgery cover for practices local to her home in Newmarket. Merry acts as a Consultant to the AHT in the fields of Equine Diagnostic Imaging and Oncology.
Carolyne Tranquille attended the International School of Geneva before coming to the UK in 2001 to do an Equine Science degree at Warwickshire College. During her degree, she spent a year as a research student at the Animal Health Trust where she was involved in investigation of the association between types of equestrian sport and anatomical site of injury. After completing her degree, she took up a position as a research assistant at the Animal Health Trust, where she is integrally involved in the ongoing research programme. She has skills in image analysis, MRI image acquisition and interpretation, radiography, histology, histomorphometry and statistical analysis, among other things. Previous work has concentrated on the MRI appearance and the effect of exercise on the osteochondral unit of the distal tarsal joints and MR features associated with third metacarpal bone lateral condylar fractures in racehorses. Recent research, working with a team at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science in Uppsala, has focused on evaluating the effects of arena surfaces and training intensity on the orthopaedic health of riding horses. Carolyne has been riding since the age of 5 and owns a 13.2hh pony who is too scary for a child to ride!
Line Greve qualified in 2011 from Copenhagen University in Denmark. She completed an equine internship at the Animal Health Trust from 2011-2012.
Line has completed research projects at the Animal Health Trust and Cornell University and Copenhagen University. In 2009 she was awarded a scholarship from Copenhagen University to work in Professor Lisa Fortier’s Laboratory, Cornell University, where she acquired knowledge about stem cell biology, with a particular focus on epigenetic factors. The results of her research project were published in Stem Cell and Development. In 2010 she was awarded the Cornell Leadership and Research scholarship that provided her with further research experience.
Line has a special interest in equine orthopedics, and through her background as a dressage rider competing at National Championship level in Denmark, a particular interest in performance problems in sports horses. As a result of the research project she has carried out in the last year during her internship at the AHT, she wishes to explore further what modifications in gait induce saddle slip and how horses, in the face of lameness, adapt their gait and back movement. This is an unexplored field, despite the large number of lame horses and horses having back pain and saddle fitting problems. It therefore has major welfare implications for horses worldwide. This is a really practical project, which will combine clinical observation and scientific study.