Paul René van Weeren (1957) graduated in 1983 from the Utrecht University Veterinary Faculty (The Netherlands). He became a staff member of the Department of General and Large Animal Surgery in that year and obtained his PhD degree in 1989. From 1991-1993 he worked as a visiting professor at the Escuela de Medicina Veterinaria of the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica. He became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994.
He was appointed as full professor to the Chair of Equine Musculoskeletal Biology in 2007 and is now mainly involved in research with focus areas articular cartilage, tendons and biomechanics and in administration. He became Head of the Department of Equine Sciences of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University in 2012 and Head of the Department of Clinical Sciences in 2020.
He is author or co-author of more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific publications and has contributed various chapters to a variety of textbooks.