Rachel Murray is a veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in sport horse injuries and performance. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and has led a number of studies investigating sport horse training, injury and performance. She has published numerous articles on orthopaedic problems and advanced imaging in horses, contributed to numerous books and edited the standard book on Equine MRI.
Rachel graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Cambridge, before specialising in equine surgery. She spent 5 years working in the USA at the University of Missouri and Kansas State University before returning to England to become the equine surgeon at the University of Cambridge, and subsequently completed a Ph.D. investigating exercise-associated joint adaptation and injury in horses. She has been based at the Animal Health Trust since 1997 in a variety of roles including Head of the Centre for Equine Studies, and has been involved in development of MRI in horses. She is currently Senior Orthopaedic Advisor at the Animal Health Trust where she is in charge of the Equine Magnetic Resonance Imaging diagnostic service, runs the orthopaedic research group and provides a clinical service focussed on poor performance in sports horses. Her research and clinical work is centred around sport horse training, performance and injury development, and application of advanced imaging techniques in the diagnosis of orthopaedic injury. She also works for the British Equestrian Federation, providing scientific advice for the British Equestrian teams and as a veterinary surgeon and Assistant Team Vet with the World Class Dressage squads since 2009.
Rachel has ridden in a variety of equestrian sports, including competing to Grand Prix level in dressage and achieving a silver medal at the European student championships in 1985. She has also competed to International level in rowing. 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.