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Prof Karen Blissitt

Personal Chair of Equine Cardiology and Anaesthesia

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh
Echocardiographic studies of vavular and ventricular function in horses
Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

Professional Qualifications

European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, DipECVAA
Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia, DVA
Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, CVA

Research students

Supervised Thomas Tzelos - MSc  2011 - Title: Electrocardiographic Indicators of Excitability in Horses for Predicting Recovery Quality after General Anaesthesia.

Supervised Gudrun Schoeffmann, resident in veterinary anaesthesia, European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia - 2007-2010.

Supervised Catriona Lyle - Resident in equine medicine and MSc student, University of Edinburgh - 2008-2009.

Supervised Dr Enzo Vettorato, resident in veterinary anaesthesia, European Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia - 2007-2009.

Second supervisor to J. Dukes-McEwan - (Phd thesis 1999) - Title: Echocardiographic/Doppler criteria of normality, the findings in cardiac disease and the genetics of familial dilated cardiomyopathy in Newfoundland dogs.

Biography

Qualified from Liverpool Veterinary School in 1982. Following two years in large animal practice in Scotland, 1 year in Australia and locum work in England, started work at the R(D)SVS in 1986.

 

Qualifications

June 1982, Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Liverpool

November 1993. Doctor of Philosophy ‘Echocardiographic studies of valvular and ventricular function in horses’, University of Edinburgh

September 1988, Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

November 1995, Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

April 1997, Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia, European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia.

                          

Current Research Interests

Equine cardiology: sudden cardiac death, 4D echocardiography, mitral and aortic valve function.  General Anaesthesia: haemodynamic effects of anaesthesia in horses. Factors affecting recovery quality in horses, perioperative mortality.

Teaching

Year GEP

The animal body

Year 3 

Dog and Cat

Year 4

Equine

Year 5 

Final year rotations

Student Selected Component 2

MSc Equine Science

Equine Exercise Physiology 2

Administrative Roles

Anaesthesia

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