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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

Studying at Cambridge


Claudia Zindl

Claudia Zindl

“A novel, minimally invasive surgical treatment for medial compartment disease in the canine elbow.”

Supervisor: Prof Matthew Allen


I graduated in 2000 as a veterinarian from the Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover, Germany and went to do a Master’s thesis in Mexican Wolf Semen Cryopreservation at the St. Louis Zoo / St. Louis University, St Louis, MO. Hereafter I completed an additional project with Mexican zoos extracting reproductive hormones from Mexican wolf feces to assess their reproductive cycles. Back in Germany I worked as a veterinarian in a mixed practice focussed on pig health for four years. I then worked in a busy small animal referral clinic in Hannover, Germany for five years, followed by a one year surgical internship at Fitzpatrick Referrals, UK and a two year surgical research fellowship at The Ohio State University – Veterinary Medical Center,  Columbus, OH. During my fellowship I carried out biomechanical testing of novel orthopaedic spinal implants for dogs and worked on canine spinal implant retrieval histology.

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Research Interests

-        Small animal surgery (feline, canine)

-        orthopaedic implant design: the symbiosis of mechanics, engineering, anatomy and tissue biology

-        robotics of joint mechanics

-        advanced imaging techniques and their implementation in veterinary research


  • Surgery
  • Small animal
  • Orthopaedics