We, the CEPEF4 team, are a group of 5 veterinary specialists in Anaesthesia and Analgesia, with strong interests in horses, mortality and morbidities.
Senior Lecturer. University of Edinburgh
I graduated as a veterinarian at the University of León (Spain) in 2004. After 2 years working in an equine referral practice I worked in Belgium from 2007 to 2014. Within that period I became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA) as well as Doctor of Veterinary Science (Ghent University) with my PhD entitled “Dexmedetomidine for balanced anaesthesia in horses”. From 2015 to 2018 I led a post-doctoral fellowship project at the São Paulo State University (UNESP) of Botucatu, Brazil. Our team evaluated the sedative and antinociceptive effects of different combinations of the alpha-2 agonist detomidine and the opioid methadone. In September 2018 I joined the Department of Anaesthesia and Analgesia of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh as Senior Lecturer.
Professor. Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera
Nacho graduated with Honours in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cordoba (Spain) in 1994, where he also defended his PhD in 1998. He also did a postgraduate Master of Arts in Applied Statistics in 2016 from Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED).
Nacho is Professor and Head of the Service of Anaesthesia at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera, in Valencia (Spain).
His main research interest has been the study of anaesthetic related deaths and complications in small animals. Actually, he won the Wiley-Blackwell Prize of the AVA in 2014 presenting a study of anaesthetic mortality in dogs in Spain. This study was the follow-up of a project that it started in 1997 and goes on more than twenty years later. The third phase started in 2016. Now he is delighted to have the opportunity to join this CEPEF4.
Managing Director. Vetstream.
Mark qualified from Cambridge in 1987 and spent 5 years in referral equine veterinary practice (Rossdale & Partners, Newmarket) where he took a particular interest in equine anaesthesia and intensive care. Here he developed his research interests into unexpected anaesthetic deaths in horses known as The Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Equine Fatalities (CEPEF).
He left practice to continue his research as a Horserace Betting Levy Board Veterinary Research Training Scholar at Cambridge University where he then became a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow in Clinical Epidemiology and carried out a multicentre randomized control trial comparing halothane and isoflurane in equine anaesthesia (CEPEF3)
Mark then became involved with Vetstream and is now Managing Director. Vetstream’s leading suite of online services provide an essential toolkit to enable veterinary teams to Treat, Learn and Communicate to the very highest standard.
CEPEF phases 1, 2 and 3 identified a number of key risk factors and raised a lot of further questions and Mark was delighted to reactivate his involvement in its exciting fourth stage. Let’s see what new discoveries will be revealed.
Polly M. Taylor
Polly first began anaesthetizing horses many moons ago (1970s) – with thiopentone and halothane – first in general practice and then at the University of Cambridge Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine. From the start it was clear that it was a lot more likely that the equine patient would die in association with anaesthesia than would a dog or cat. There began a lifelong quest to understand what it is about horses that makes them more difficult to anaesthetise successfully and how we could do better.
This has led to numerous clinical and research studies investigating the endocrine and cardiovascular effects of anaesthesia and involvement in Mark Johnston’s epic CEPEF phases 1, 2 and 3. Horses still die from anaesthesia – perhaps now for slightly different reasons – but we still need to know why. Since 2002 Polly has worked as an independent consultant in anaesthesia, with work ranging from clinical anaesthesia and teaching to drug registration, as well as research, particularly in analgesia. The opportunity to be involved in CEPEF4 was not to be missed.
Professor. University of Zurich.
Graduated in Zürich, Switzerland in 1990. She then did an alternative residency in anaesthesiology paralleled by a DVM, followed by a PhD and a Habilitation thesis. After her postdoctoral education at the Royal Veterinary College in London in 1997 – 1998, she was back at the University of Zürich where she became Professor in Veterinary Anaesthesiology and where she currently is leading the Section of Anaesthesiology.
Since her board exam in 1997 she is clinically working with large animals only and her research is focussing on problems related to equine anaesthesia. She considers CEPEF4 a very important project and did not hesitate to collaborate when being asked, as such large multicentre studies should have the power to answer at least some of the many questions arising whilst anaesthetising horses.