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Farm Animal Practice
Anaesthesia in sheep
  1. Kate White

    Kate White graduated from Cambridge in 1995 and initially worked in general practice in Kent. She then undertook a three-year residency in anaesthesia at Cambridge, funded by the Horserace Betting Levy Board. She is self-employed and is currently working in referral practices as an anaesthetist.

  2. Polly Taylor

    Polly Taylor graduated from Cambridge in 1976 and spent three years in general practice. She then worked as assistant anaesthetist at Cambridge University, before moving to the Animal Health Trust in 1983 where she went on to become head of the anaesthesia section. In 1994, she returned to Cambridge University where she is currently lecturer in anaesthesia.


DESPITE the economic considerations, sedation and general anaesthesia are occasionally required to facilitate diagnostic or surgical procedures in sheep, especially in breeding rams and valuable ewes, and sometimes also in pet animals. Sheep can usually be physically restrained relatively easily and, in conjunction with local or regional anaesthesia, many procedures can often be accomplished without a general anaesthetic. However, for ideal surgical conditions and more complex diagnostic procedures, inducing and maintaining general anaesthesia is preferable and ethically correct.

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