Department: Pathobiology and Population Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology

Research Centres: Veterinary Epidemiology, Economics and Public Health

Kristien is a Professor of Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology. Her research focuses on equine epidemiology, with projects on musculoskeletal injuries in racehorses, epidemiology of common clinical disorders in the UK horse population and health and welfare of working horses overseas.

Kristien graduated as a vet from the University of Ghent, Belgium, in 1995. After spells in mixed practice and the pharmaceutical industry, she joined the Epidemiology Unit at Animal Health Trust (AHT) near Newmarket, working on equine infectious diseases and being responsible for the veterinary care of the AHT's pony herd.

In 1998, still at the AHT, she started working full-time on a Horserace Betting Levy Board-funded research project studying the epidemiology of fractures in racehorses in training. Whilst working on this project, Kristien also studied for an MSc degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which she obtained in 2002.

In 2001, she took up a Residency in Equine Epidemiology funded by the Horse Trust that allowed her to complete a PhD in racehorse injury epidemiology, which she obtained in 2005. Kristien joined the Royal Veterinary College in January 2005 as a Lecturer in Clinical Epidemiology, a post in which she has continued and expanded her research into the epidemiology of equine diseases. In addition, she became Head of the Graduate School in April 2016.

Veterinary clinical epidemiology, including:

  • racehorse injury epidemiology
  • equine laminitis and associated disorders
  • health and welfare of working horses overseas

Pollard, D., Wylie, C.E., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2017) Assessment of horse owners’ ability to recognise equine laminitis: a cross-sectional study of 93 veterinary diagnosed cases in Great Britain. Equine Vet J. May 22. doi: 10.1111/evj.12704. [Epub ahead of print]

Allen, S.E., Rosanowski, S.M., Stirk, A.J. and Verheyen, K.L. (2017) Description of veterinary events and risk factors for fatality in National Hunt flat racing Thoroughbreds in Great Britain (2000 – 2013). Equine Vet J. 2017 Feb 24. doi: 10.1111/evj.12676. [Epub ahead of print]

Rosanowski, S.M., Chang, Y.M., Stirk, A.J. and Verheyen, K.L. (2017) Descriptive epidemiology of veterinary events in flat racing Thoroughbreds in Great Britain (2000 to 2013). Equine Vet J. 49(3): 275-81.

Wylie, C.E., Shaw, D.J., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2016) Decision-tree analysis of clinical data to aid diagnostic reasoning for equine laminitis: a cross-sectional study. Vet Rec. 178(17): 420.

Jackson, B.F., Reed, S.R., Price, J.S. and Verheyen, K.L.P. (2015) Relationship between serum biomarkers of cartilage and bone metabolism and joint injury in young Thoroughbred racehorses in training. Am J Vet Res. 76(8): 679-87.

Robin, C.A., Ireland, J.L., Wylie, C.E., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2015) Prevalence of and risk factors for equine obesity in Great Britain based on owner-reported body condition scores. Equine Vet J. 47(2): 196-201.

Upjohn, M.M., Pfeiffer, D.U. and Verheyen, K.L. (2014) Helping working Equidae and their owners in developing countries: monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based interventions. Vet J. 199(2): 210-6.

Tully, L.J., Murphy, A.M., Smith, R.K., Hulin-Curtis, S.L., Verheyen, K.L. and Price, J.S. (2014) Polymorphisms in TNC and COL5A1 genes are associated with risk of superficial digital flexor tendinopathy in National Hunt Thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J. 46(3): 289-93.

Wylie, C.E., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2013) Risk factors for equine laminitis: A case-control study conducted in veterinary-registered horses and ponies in Great Britain between 2009 and 2011. Vet J. 198(1): 57-69.

Wylie, C.E., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2013) A cohort study of equine laminitis in Great Britain 2009-2011: estimation of disease frequency and description of clinical signs in 577 cases. Equine Vet J. 45(6): 681-7.

Wylie, C.E., Ireland, J.L., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2013) Demographics and management practices of horses and ponies in Great Britain: a cross-sectional study. Res Vet Sci. 95(2): 410-7.

Ireland, J.L., Wylie, C.E., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2013) Preventive health care and owner-reported disease prevalence of horses and ponies in Great Britain. Res Vet Sci. 95(2): 418-24.

Reed, S.R., Jackson, B.F., Wood, J.L., Price, J.S. and Verheyen, K.L. (2013) Exercise affects joint injury risk in young Thoroughbreds in training. Vet J. 196(3): 339-44.

Upjohn, M.M., Attwood, G.A., Lerotholi, T., Pfeiffer, D.U. and Verheyen, K.L. (2013) Classical epidemiological approach versus participatory methods: a comparison of two research methods applied to identification of key health issues for working horses in Lesotho. Prev Vet Med. 108(4): 313-20.

Reed, S.R., Jackson, B.F., McIlwraith, C.W., Wright, I.M., Pilsworth, R., Knapp, S., Wood, J.L., Price, J.S. and Verheyen, K.L. (2012) Descriptive epidemiology of joint injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses in training. Equine Vet J, 44(1): 13-9.

Upjohn, M. M., Shipton. K., Pfeiffer, D.U., Lerotholi, T., Attwood, G. and Verheyen, K.L. (2012) Cross sectional survey of owner knowledge and husbandry practices, tack and health issues affecting working horses in Lesotho. Equine Vet J, 44(3): 310-8.

Wylie, C.E., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2012) Risk factors for equine laminitis: A systematic review with quality appraisal of published evidence. Vet J, 193(1): 58-66.

Wylie, C.E., Collins, S.N., Verheyen, K.L. and Newton, J.R. (2011) Frequency of equine laminitis: A systematic review with quality appraisal of published evidence. Vet J, 189(3): 248–56.

Ely, E.R., Price, J.S., Smith, R.K., Wood, J.L. and Verheyen, K.L. (2010) The effect of exercise regimens on racing performance in National Hunt racehorses. Equine Vet J 42 Suppl 38: 624-9.

Upjohn, M.M., Shipton. K., Lerotholi, T., Attwood G. and Verheyen, K.L. (2010) Coprological prevalence and intensity of helminth infection in working horses in Lesotho. Trop Anim Health Prod, 42(8): 1655-61.

Isgren, C.M. , Upjohn, M.M., Fernandez-Fuente, M., Massey, C., Pollott, G., Verheyen, K.L. and Piercy, R.J. (2010) Epidemiology of exertional rhabdomyolysis susceptibility in standardbred horses reveals associated risk factors and underlying enhanced performance PLoS One 5 (7): e11594. DOI: 10.1371

Verheyen, K.L., Price, J.S. and Wood, J.L. (2009) Exercise during training is associated with racing performance in Thoroughbreds. Vet J, 181(1): 43-7.

Avella, C.S, Ely, E.R., Verheyen, K.L., Price, J.S., Wood, J.L. and Smith, R.K. (2009) Ultrasonographic assessment of the superficial digital flexor tendon of National Hunt racehorses in training over two racing seasons. Equine Vet J, 41(5): 449-54.

Ely, E.R., Avella, C.S., Price, J.S., Smith, R.K., Wood, J.L. and Verheyen, K.L. (2009) Descriptive epidemiology of fracture, tendon and suspensory ligament injuries in National Hunt racehorses in training. Equine Vet J, 41(4): 372-8.

Verheyen, K.L., Price, J.S. and Wood, J.L. (2007) Fracture rate in Thoroughbred racehorses is affected by dam age and parity. Vet J, 174(2): 295-301.

Verheyen, K.L., Price, J.S., Lanyon, L.E. and Wood, J.L. (2006) Exercise distance and speed affect the risk of fracture in racehorses. Bone, 39(6): 1322-30.

Verheyen, K.L., Newton, J.R., Price, J.S. and Wood, J.L. (2006) A case-control study investigating factors associated with pelvic and tibial stress fractures in Thoroughbred racehorses in training. Prev Vet Med, 74(1): 21-35.

Verheyen, K.L., Henley, W.E, Price, J.S. and Wood, J.L. (2005) Training-related factors associated with dorsometacarpal disease in young Thoroughbred racehorses in the UK. Equine Vet J, 37(5): 442-8.

Jackson, B.F., Lonnell, C., Verheyen, K.L., Dyson, P., Pfeiffer, D.U. and Price, J.S. (2005) Biochemical markers of bone metabolism and risk of dorsal metacarpal disease in 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. Equine Vet J, 37(1): 87-91.

Ely, E.R., Verheyen, K.L. and Wood, J.L. (2004) Fractures and tendon injuries in National Hunt horses in training in the UK: a pilot study. Equine Vet J, 36(4): 365-67.

Verheyen, K.L. and Wood, J.L. (2004) Descriptive epidemiology of fractures occurring in British Thoroughbred racehorses in training. Equine Vet J, 36(2): 167-73.

Teaching evidence-based medicine, research skills, epidemiology and biostatistics at under- and postgraduate level.

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