Dr Rachel Murray

Senior Orthopaedic Advisor, Equine

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.



Associate of European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

RCVS Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics


Rachel is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, an Associate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics.

She has led a number of studies investigating sport horse training, injury and performance and is invited to lecture worldwide.  Rachel has published numerous articles on orthopaedic problems and advanced imaging in horses, contributed to various books and edited the standard book on Equine MRI.

Research Areas

Investigations into sport horse injury: relationship with specific sports, risk factors, prevention of sport-associated injury and management strategies for sport-associated injury.

Investigations into optimising performance in sport horses Application of advanced diagnostic imaging to improve understanding of orthopaedic injury diagnosis and pathogenesis.



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.

Rachel has been involved in providing scientific advice for the British Equestrian Federation World Class Programme for the last 10 years, and has been involved in the maintenance and preparation of numerous team horses for Championships and Olympic Games.  She has 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 a Grand Prix dressage rider with experience training young horses up to Grand Prix level, as well as training horses/riders to Pony, Junior and Young Rider 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. She is married to another vet, and they have two daughters competing internationally in dressage at pony, junior and young rider level, including being part of the gold medal-winning GB pony team at the European Championships in 2015.