Ms Kerry Woodhouse

Lecturer/Clinician in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia


I graduated from the University of Liverpool where I began my anaesthesia career as Clinical Demonstrator in Veterinary Anaesthesia for five years. After this I helped launch a private small animal referral practice in Chester as a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management and worked as a small animal locum GP when my children were small. In 2006 we moved to California where I completed a residency at UC Davis and gaining my DACVAA in 2009.

After the residency I spent a short time as acting Head of Clinical Anaesthesia for Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol, followed by two years as Assistant Clinical Professor in Comparative Anaesthesia at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. 

We returned again to the UK in late 2013 relocating to Edinburgh in February 2015. I have been continually discovering the joys of living in the Scottish Borders with my husband, two teenage children and two dogs ever since.


Diploma of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, DACVAA Royal College Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Cert VA

2006, University of California Davis,  Veterinary Anaesthesia and Critical Patient Care, Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool


Research summary

My residency project was a large prospective, blinded and randomised study investigating the effects of sedation on recovery from general anaesthesia in horses, the findings of which were significant enough to widely change practices in sedation of horses for recovery across North America.

I have an ongoing interest in the clinical efficacy and pharmacokinetics of non-conventional analgesics in domestic species, and the psychology behind the sedation scoring instruments used in dogs.

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As well as year round in-clinic teaching of final year veterinary students in the Hospital for Small Animals and the Large Anima Hospital, I currently lecture on anaesthesia for liver and gastrointestinal disease, chronic pain, and teach the practical clinical skills class "Introduction to companion animal anaesthesia".

I also currently assist in the supervision and training of four residents here at R(D)SVS who are among the twelve in total I have helped to train for both American and European Diploma examinations in anaesthesia and analgesia.

2016 has given me the opportunity to teach students from all over the world who have enrolled on the newly launched online MSc in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. I am co-intructor for the Basic Sciences module and course organiser for the Equine elective module, both in year one.