Dr. Rebecca PARKES

BSc, BVetMed (Hons,) PhD, MRCVS
Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS)
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Room 1B-412, 4/F, Block 1B, To Yuen Building, 31 To Yuen Street City University of Hong Kong
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Dr. Rebecca Parkes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. She graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine with Honours in 2010. Following a period of time in clinical practice, she returned to the Royal Veterinary College in to undertake a PhD in equine locomotor biomechanics, supported by a scholarship from the Horserace Betting Levy Board. Rebecca moved to Hong Kong to work as an Equestrian Veterinary Surgeon at the Hong Kong Jockey club in 2015 where she was involved in the rehabilitation of retired racehorses and providing veterinary care for the 600 horses engaged in equestrian sport in Hong Kong. During this time Rebecca also joined the Training and Selection Subcommittee for the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation.

Rebecca moved to City University of Hong Kong in 2019 to pursue her passion for research and teaching.

Research Interest

Rebecca’s research interests lie in equine locomotor biomechanics, equine welfare and the development of evidence based clinical teaching tools.

She has studied epidemiological factors associated with foot disease in the horse and the donkey, and during her PhD investigated the effects of training and the external environment on limb loading and gait adaptations in the Thoroughbred racehorse. Previous teaching related projects include the development of a mixed-reality feline abdominal palpation simulator and assessing the limitations of human detection of asymmetry as it relates to lameness in the horse.

Rebecca’s current research projects include the development of novel technologies for teaching clinical skills to veterinary students and a biomechanical and physiological assessment of the load carrying capacity of the working donkey.

Rebecca has recently been awarded a grant by the AVMA’s Council on International Veterinary Medical Education for the new project “Identifying and sharing innovations in clinical skills teaching developed globally in response to COVID-19’.

Selected Publications

Bukhari, S.S.U.H.; McElligott, A.G.; Parkes, R.S.V. Quantifying the Impact of Mounted Load Carrying on Equids: A Review. Animals 2021, 11, 1333. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11051333

Parkes RSV, Barrs VRD. Interaction Identified as both a Challenge and a Benefit in a Rapid Switch to Online Teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Vet Med Educ. 2021 Jan 25:e20200063. doi: 10.3138/jvme-2020-0063. Epub ahead of print.

Parkes, R. S. V., Pfau T, Weller R, Witte TH (2020) The effect of curve running on distal limb kinematics in the Thoroughbred racehorse. PLoS ONE 15(12): e0244105.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244105

Parkes, R. S. V., Weller, R., Pfau, T., Witte, T. H.L The effect of training on stride duration in a cohort of two-year-old and three-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses. Animals, 2019, 9, 7. doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9070466

Pfau, T., Parkes, R. S. V., Burden, E. R., Bell, N., Fairhurst, H., Witte, T. H.: Movement asymmetry in working polo horses. Equine Vet J, 48: 517-522. doi: 10.1111/evj.12467

Parkes, R. S. V., Witte, T. H.: The foot-surface interaction and its impact on musculoskeletal adaptation and injury risk in the horse. Vet J. 2018 Jun;236:111-112. doi: 10.1111/evj.12420

Parkes, R. S., Dyson, S. J. and Newton, J. R.: Is there an association between clinical features, response to diagnostic analgesia and radiological findings in horses with a magnetic resonance imaging diagnosis of navicular disease or other injuries of the podotrochlear apparatus? The Veterinary Journal, Volume 204, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 40-46. doi:10.1016/j.tvjl.2014.12.038

Parkes, R. S., Newton, J. R., Dyson, S. J.: An investigation of risk factors for foot-related lameness in a United Kingdom referral population of horses. The Veterinary Journal, Volume 196, Issue 2, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.tvjl.2012.09.006

Parkes, R.S.V., Weller, R., Groth, A., May, S. and Pfau, T.: Evidence of ‘domain- restricted’ expertise in the recognition of asymmetric motion characteristics of hindlimb lameness in the horse. Equine Veterinary Journal, 41: 112-117, doi:10.2746/042516408X343000

Parkes, R., Forrest, N., Baillie, S.: A mixed reality simulator for feline abdominal palpation training in veterinary medicine. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2009;142:244-6. doi:10.3233/978-1-58603-964-6-244