Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Clinical Groups: Equine Diagnostic Imaging, Gait Analysis

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

Renate is professor of comparative biomechanics and imaging dividing her time between clinical work, research and teaching in large animal diagnostic imaging and locomotor biomechanics.

After graduating from the University of Munich, Renate spend a year in the US before she returned to Germany to work in equine practice. She then became a senior clinical research scholar in large animal diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

After this she joined the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy in Munich, where she completed her Dr.Vet.Med. thesis on comparison of different imaging modalities in the diagnosis of  head disorders in the horse. Following this she spent two years in California before returning to the RVC to do a PhD in the Structure and Motion Laboratory investigating the effect of conformation on locomotor biomechanics in the horse.

Since 2005 Renate has been employed at the RVC dividing her time between clincial work in large animal diagnostic imaging and research in imaging, locomotor biomechanics and veterinary education.

Renate has three areas of research interests: diagnostic imaging, locomotor biomechanics and veterinary education.

Her diagnostic imaging reseach aims to establish the diagnostic value of the different imaging modalities available to large animals in the diagnosis of a variety of disorders and to develop and validate new imaging approaches to clinical and research questions.

On the biomechanics side she is particularly interested in comparative foot biomechanics ( and the effect of conformation on performance and risk of injury in the horse.

Her paedagogical research focuses on the use of research as part of a clinical curriculum and she has also designed and tested a series of teaching simulators.

Renate is on the editorial board of Equine Veterinary Journal and Anatomical Science Education and reviewer for more than 30  veterinary and basic science journals as well as grant awarding bodies. She is also external examiner for undergraduate and psotgraduate courses and degrees nationally and internationally.

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Renate is very enthusiastic about teaching and has won the RVC's educator award three times. She has a Masters degree in Veterinary Education and delivers teaching sessions in a range of format in all parts of the curriculum. In addition to didactic and rotational teaching Renate has developed a series of clinical skills stations for students to practice clinical skills without the use of live animals. She has supervised over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and one of her key aims is to instil an interest and enjoyment of research into undergraduate students.

Renate spends 50% of her  time on clinics and heads the large animal diagnostic imaging team. Her clinical responsibilities consist of providing expertise at specialist level in the equine referral hospital of the Royal Veterinary College. She is one of the select Large animal associates of the ECVDI and author of several book chapters on equine diagnostic imaging as well as a sought after international speaker on this topic. She organises several CPD course int he field of equine diagnostic imaging and biomechanics every year (

Renate has organised and run sessions on anatomy, biomechanics and imaging for the RVC residential Easter and Summer schools.
She has been involved with a series of sessions for horse owners in collaboration with the BHS and for ethnic minorities in collaboration with the local council.
She regularly provides sessions on and off-site for school children of different ages and backgrounds. She has presented her research work on several occassions on TV, including Channel 4s “Inside Nature’s giants – the racehorse” program as well as a variety of equestrian journals int the UK, US and Germany.

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