CHAIRMAN / SPEAKER
DVM, Dr. med. vet., Professor of Veterinary Anatomy, Dean of Study affairs
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Leipzig University, Germany
Christoph Mülling is a Veterinarian and a clinical Anatomist with a passion for teaching and lameness research. He graduated as DVM in 1988 from the Free University in Berlin, Germany. After six years in a large animal practice, he returned to the Free University earning a German Dr. med. vet. degree in 1993. Subsequently he received his Post-Doc training in Berlin, Cornell and Japan. Since then he has been active with academic research and teaching. In 2006, Mülling accepted a position as associated professor in Clinical Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nottingham in 2007. He joined the University of Calgary as a professor of veterinary anatomy, serving as the associated dean curriculum from 2008 to 2010. In May 2010 he accepted a position as professor of veterinary anatomy at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig, were he currently is active in research and teaching. He served as Vice Dean and is currently Dean of Study affairs of the Faculty. Müllings interdisciplinary research ties in clinical applied and clinical work with basic sciences. His group is working mainly in 3 areas: 1. pathogenesis and pathomechanisms of diseases of the bovine, equine and porcine foot and biomechanics and locomotion analysis in cattle, horses and pigs; 2. Morphological and in vitro research on skin in different species including birds and 3. research in Veterinary Education. He continues to be passionately engaged in teaching. His team is developing multimedia enhanced teaching materials designed for integrated teaching of clinical anatomy.
Prof. dr. Jenny Hagen
Dr. habil. med. vet. Jenny Hagen is a veterinarian, researcher, and certified farrier who is specialized in equine orthopedics and biomechanics. She grew up in a small village in the middle of Germany with own horses.
Because of several practica at local veterinarians and farriers, she decided to study veterinary medicine at the Leipzig University from 2003 – 2009. During the whole study she continued working with a farrier to increase knowledge in this field. 2009 – 2011, Jenny did her doctoral thesis and established the research group „Equine orthopedics and biomechanics“. She is still the head of this group, which focuses on the effects of trimming and shoeing on toe orientation, load affecting the hoof capsule and the equine gait pattern.
Several practical relevant studies have been performed with innovative examination techniques (such as High-speed fluoroscopic cinematography, or sensor-based measurements). Results has been published in 25 peer-reviewed articles. All studies performed from 2011 – 2018 are concluded in her post-doc thesis titled: „Biomechanics of the equine distal limb and how it is influenced by trimming and shoeing“. Her thesis was finished and defended November 2018.
In addition, Jenny Hagen is teaching at different horseshoeing schools since 2012 and gave 82 lectures at various national and international congresses or workshops. She really enjoys the professional exchange and collaborating with different farriers all over the world. To add more practical skills and handcraft to her knowledge in biomechanics and orthopedics, Jenny attended a farrier education program and passed the public exam to be a certified farrier in 2018.
Since therapeutic shoeing is related to the function of the whole locomotor system, Jenny specialized in veterinary chiropractic by attending the course and passing the exam of the „International Academy of Veterinary Chiropractic“ in 2019. Currently, Jenny Hagen is still teaching and doing research at the Leipzig University, but also started her own private practice for „Equine orthopedics and chiropractic” to transfer research and all clinical specializations into practice.