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Sophie graduated BG (before Google) and has worked in academic practice and private practice. She was the first resident to complete an ECC residency in the UK and has been an ACVECC diplomate since 2005. Sophie is currently the Clinical Director of Paragon Referrals in West Yorkshire, which is a bit like New Zealand, but has more people and rain. Sophie is passionate about empowering Veterinary nurses in practice, the use of evidence-based practice, post-graduate education and destroying dogma. Clinically her interests include haematology, transfusion medicine and fluid therapy.
Kate graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Queensland in 1996 and spent time in clinical practice. After seven years in the USA (three years as a resident, one-year clinical faculty in small animal medicine at Purdue University, Indiana, two years Assistant professor in small animal medicine University of Tennessee) she joined Massey University in July 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Medicine. Kate is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and is also a registered veterinary specialist with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. Kate is a Director of the Centre for Service and Working dog health and has been involved with the NZVA as an executive member of the Companion Animal Veterinarians from 2007-2014, and currently an NZVA board member. Kate is currently Director of the Masters of Veterinary Medicine at Massey University.
Vicki has worked at the Massey University Veterinary teaching hospital since 1996 when she began her residence in anaesthesia. After a period of part-time work at MUVTH, bar ownership and working in general practice she returned to Massey to take on a fulltime position in January 2002 and is now a senior lecturer in anaesthesia teaching students of the veterinary and veterinary technology degrees. Since then, complications that occur under anaesthesia have been of particular interest and while the initial investigations were in horses most of the current studies are being completed in small animal species as well as zoo animals. Of particular interest currently is the incidence of hypotension that occurs in a relatively controlled environment and identification of techniques that may minimise this complication. Additionally, investigations of the opioids as risk factors for vomiting and gastro-oesophageal reflux, as well as use of multiple opioids for better management of the patient under anaesthesia are continuing. An additional favourite subject is the effects of anaesthesia and anaesthetic agents on cardiac conduction and the ECG. Further to this is the diagnosis of pharmacologically induced arrhythmias and identifying those that are more likely due to underlying cardiac disease.