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Companion Animal Practice
Analgesia in cats
  1. Duncan Lascelles

    Duncan Lascelles graduated from the University of Bristol in 1991. He remained at Bristol as a Wellcome clinical research scholar, leading to a PhD in aspects of preemptive analgesia in companion animals, before taking up his current post of CSTF resident in small animal soft tissue surgery at Cambridge. His particular interests lie in oncological and reconstructive surgery and the alleviation of acute and chronic pain in companion animals. He holds the RCVS certificates in veterinary anaesthesia and small animal surgery.

  2. Avril Waterman

    Avril Waterman is a reader in veterinary anaesthesia within the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol. She has responsibility for anaesthesia, analgesia and intensive care.


ONE of the most gratifying developments in veterinary work in recent years has been the increased awareness among the profession of the need to provide effective pain relief following surgery. However, some veterinarians are still slightly reluctant to administer analgesics to cats routinely following surgery. This article aims to answer some questions and provide information which will encourage the routine use of analgesics in cats as well as dogs.

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