Department: Clinical Science and Services

Campus: Hawkshead

Clinical Groups: Small Animal Ophthalmology

Dr. Ursula Dietrich graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich in 1993, Germany and was awarded her doctorate degree in 1996. Dr. Dietrich completed a three year residency program at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland in 2000 and became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2001 and the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2003. Dr. Dietrich was faculty member of the Veterinary College, University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, U.S.A. from 2000 to 2009 and was promoted Associate Professor with Tenure in 2005 with gaining graduate faculty status in 2008. After working in large Referral Centers in New York City and London from 2010-2017, Dr. Dietrich joined the Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom in 2017 as Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Dr. Dietrich enjoys all aspects of Veterinary Ophthalmology, but has a particular interest in Feline Ophthalmology, Corneal diseases, Glaucoma, and Ocular ultrasound. She has authored and co-authored multiple research papers and abstracts, as well as book chapters in those areas and given numerous lectures at international meetings. She has served as the Chair of the Scientific Committee of European College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2007-2012 and was member of the Examination Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists from 2002-2006.

Dr. Dietrich is currently Associate Editor (Ophthalmology) of the Journal of Small Animal Practice since 2012.



Selected publications:

Shute T, Dietrich UM, Baker J, et al. Biocompatibility of a Novel Microfistula Implant in NonPrimate Mammals for the Surgial Treatment of Glaucoma. Journal of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 2017; 57: 3594-3600.

RL Mathes, UM Dietrich, AJ Reber, DJ Hurley. Effects of antifungal drugs and delivery vehicles on morphology and proliferation of equine corneal keratocytes in vitro. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 2010; 71 (8): 953-9.

Boveland SD, Moore PA, Mysore J, Dietrich UM, Jarrett C, Carmichael KP. Immunohistochemical study of matrix metalloproteinases -2 and -9, macrophage inflammatory protein -2 and tissue inhibitors of matrix metalloproteinases -1 and -2 in normal, purulonecrotic and fungal infected equine corneas. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2010 Mar; 13(2): 81-90.

Zhang B, Dietrich UM, Geng JG, Bicknell R, Esko JD, Wang L. Repulsive axon guidance molecule Slit3 is a novel angiogenic factor. Blood 2009;114 (19): 4300-4309.

Mathes RL, UM Dietrich, TM Krunkosky, DJ Hurley, AJ Reber. Establishing a reproducible method for the culture of primary equine corneal cells. Veterinary Ophthalmology, 2009 Nov-Dec; 12 Suppl 1: 41-9.

Hart KA, Flaminio JB, Leroy BE, Williams CO, Dietrich UM, Barton MH. Successful resolution of Cryptococcal meningitis and blindness in an adult horse with oral fluconazole. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2008; 22: 1436-1440.

Dietrich UM, Chandler MJ, Cooper T, Vidyashankar A, Chen G. Effects of topical 2% dorzolamide hydrochloride alone and in combination with 0.5 % timolol on intraocular pressure in normal feline eyes. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2007; 10 (suppl.1): 95-101.

Weinstein WL, Dietrich UM, Sapienza JS, Carmichael KP, Moore PA, Krunkosky TM. Identification of ocular matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) present within the aqueous humor and iridocorneal drainage angle tissue of normal and glaucomatous canine eyes. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2007; 10 (suppl.1): 108-117.

Siebeck N, Hurley D, Garcia M, Greene C, Koestlin RG, Dietrich UM. Effects of human recombinant alpha-2b interferon and feline recombinant omega interferon on in vitro replication of feline herpesvirus. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2006; 67(8), 1406-1411.

Weinstein WL, Moore PA, Sanchez S, Dietrich UM, Wooley RE, Ritchie BW. In-vitro efficacy of a buffered chelating solution as an antimicrobial potentiator for antifungal drugs against fungal pathogens obtained from horses with mycotic keratitis. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2006; 67 (4): 562-568.

Mosunic CB, Moore PA, Howerth E, Dietrich UM, #Chandler M, Carmichael KP. Detection of argyrophilic nucleolar organizer regions (AgNORs) and p53 and Ki-67 immunoreactivity in ocular squamous epithelial tumors in the horse. Accepted for publication in Veterinary Pathology, September 2005.

Dietrich U. Feline glaucomas. In: Clinical Techniques in Small Animal Practice 2005, 20 (2): 108-116.

Mosunic CB, Moore PA, Carmichael KP, Chandler MJ, Vidyashankar A, Zhao Y, Roberts RE, Dietrich UM. Effects of treatment with and without adjuvant radiation therapy on recurrence of ocular and adnexal squamous cell carcinoma in horses: 157 cases (1985-2002). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 2004, 225 (11): 1733-1738.

Mathur S, Brown CA, Dietrich UM, Munday JS, Newell MA, Sheldon SE, Cartier LM, Brown SA. Evaluation of a technique of inducing hypertensive renal insufficiency in cats. American Journal of Veterinary Research 2004; 65(7): 1006-1013.

Chandler MJ, Moore PA, Dietrich UM, Martin CL, Vidyashankar A, Chen G. Effects of transcorneal iridal photocoagulation on the canine corneal endothelium using a diode laser. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2003; 6(3): 197-203.

Dietrich U, Arnold P, Guscetti F, Pfyffer GE, Spiess B. Ocular manifestation of disseminated Mycobacterium simiae infection in a cat. Journal of Small Animal Practice 2003; 44:121-125.



Dr. Dietrich has a specific interest and passion for Teaching and Veterinary Education and is currently enrolled in the PGCertificate Program of Higher Education. She teaches undergraduate BVetMed students in the classroom and during clinical rotations and is involved in the clinical education of the ECVO Ophthalmology graduate program at the RVC.

Dr.Dietrich was awarded the Faculty Recognition award of the Class of 2009 at the University of Georgia, USA for her teaching efforts and is member of the Phi Zeta Society, Xi Chapter, (Veterinary Honor Society) since 2001.

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