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    Post graduate studentship in animal locomotion
    The Royal Veterinary College, University of London

    The student will be based in the Department of Veterinary Basic Sciences at
    the College's Hawkshead site which is 16 miles north of Central London in a
    rural location adjacent to main road and rail links and with Luton,
    Stanstead and Heathrow airports nearby. The College is the largest
    veterinary college in the UK and teaches several courses including
    Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Physiotherapy. Musculoskeletal biology
    is one of the College's main research area with about 25 tenured members of
    staff active in that area and close links with other Colleges in the
    University of London and elsewhere. Further details about the college at

    The biomechanics laboratory is sited adjacent to the equine and small
    animal hospitals and facilities include 500Hz ProReflex 3D motion analysis
    system, Kistler 9287BA forceplate with installations in rubber, concrete
    and tarmac runways and in an indoor school, Sato high speed (15ms-1) equine
    treadmill, hydraulic loading equipment, National Instruments data logging
    hardware and LabView software, horse shoeing forge, mechanical workshop.
    Other software packages include Matlab, SIMM and Statistica. Most of our
    research addresses equine locomotion, musculoskeletal injury and repair.

    Ongoing research projects:
    The mechanical basis of musculoskeletal injury and its treatment by
    corrective shoeing, particularly navicular disease, tarsal osteoarthritis
    and laminitis.
    The effect of horseshoe profile and material on distal interphalangeal
    joint moments and the atenuation of impact energy.
    Mechanics and control of elastic energy storage for economical locomotion.
    Role of muscles in damping of musculoskeletal vibration.
    Evaluation of different repair techniques for cranial cruciate rupture in
    the dog.

    Ton van den Bogert, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio
    Roger Woledge, UCL Institute of Human Performance, London.

    Applicant should possess a 1st or 2:1 BSc degree in a relevant science
    subject or equivalent qualifications, be EU nationals and have a good
    command of English. Funding at BBSRC London rates (currently a tax free
    grant of £9200 plus payment of tuition fees) would be for up to three years
    subject to satisfactory progress. The studentship would be in an aspect of
    horseshoe design, equine lameness research or in the energetics of
    locomotion in bipedal birds.

    Enquires to project supervisor Alan Wilson Tel 44 1707
    666259 or 44 771 8585193.

    Alan M. Wilson
    Dept Veterinary Basic Sciences
    The Royal Veterinary College
    Hawkshead Lane
    North Mymms
    AL9 7TA
    Tel 01707 666259
    Mobile 0771 8585193
    Fax 01707 666371

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