Rikke Buhl

Rikke Buhl


Born and raised in Jutland and obtained the veterinary degree (DVM) in 1999 at The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL). In 2004 she defended her PhD thesis.

She was the first veterinarian to introduce and develop modern equine clinical cardiology in Denmark and she works within Large Animal Internal Medicine at the Large Animal University Hospital at Taastrup Campus. Here she participates in the clinical teaching of veterinary students within Internal Medicine.

She is Section Head of Medicine and Surgery, member of the leader group at Department of Large Animal Sciences and at present supervisor of 6 PhD students. Internationally she has recently coauthored a consensus statement for clinical evaluation of cardiac diseases in the equine athletes. Privately she lives at Frederiksberg, is married and has three daughters and two stepsons.


Primary fields of research

Research has been concentrated within cardiovascular adaptation to exercise, often termed “Athlete’s Heart” in racehorses. This also includes atrial fibrillation in horses as well as Sudden Cardiac Death in equine athletes.  For all projects, the synergy between equine and human research is strong and visible and I hope our research will gain new insight into diseases that are of importance for both horse and man.


Teaching of pre- and post graduate Veterinarians within internal medicine curriculum. Also supervision of bachelor (>30 projects) and master student (>25 projects) as well as PhD students is a part of my supervision

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