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.