Jennifer Davis  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Jennifer Davis

    Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia

    About me

    I graduated with a veterinary degree from the University of Glasgow in 2005. During the next seven years, while working in general practice in the UK and Australia, I developed an interest in anaesthesia and analgesia. In 2012 I commenced a residency in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at Murdoch University, passing the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia Diploma in 2015.

    During my anaesthesia residency I began investigating the use of novel urinary biomarkers to diagnose acute kidney injury in anaesthetised dogs, and an currently completing a PhD in that area.

    I am a clinical track academic, so spend most of my time in the clinic where I lead the anaesthesia section and contribute to clinical teaching of DVM students. I enjoy all aspects of clinical veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia, but particularly that of critically ill small animals. I am passionate about teaching high quality veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia skills to undergraduate vets as I believe this is how we can best raise the standard of my specialty in general veterinary practice.

    Teaching area

    Most of my teaching is of clinical anaesthesia and analgesia to DVM and BVMS students on hospital rotations during their Small Animal Practice 2 course (VET586 & VET638). I also deliver some veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia lectures in the Principles of Surgery and Anaesthesia course (VET301).

    Research areas

    Use of urinary biomarkers for the identification of acute kidney injury in dogs.

    Current projects

    Early identification of acute kidney injury (AKI) in dogs using novel urinary biomarkers. This PhD project involves:

    • Validation of a multiplex magnetic bead assay for measurement of five AKI biomarkers in canine urine and blood
    • Establishment of canine reference intervals for these five urinary AKI biomarkers and urinary GGT
    • Description of changes in five urinary AKI biomarkers and urinary GGT during a model of ischaemic AKI in anaesthetised dogs (using a haemorrhagic shock model)



    • Davis, J., Raisis, A., Haitjema, H., Drynan, E., Hosgood, G., (2017), = CASE REPORT = Paradoxical bradycardia during surgical caudal vena cava occlusion in an anesthetized dog, Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 27, 2, pages 243 - 249.
    • Davis, J., Raisis, A., Cianciolo, R., Miller, D., Shiel, R., Nabity, M., Hosgood, G., (2016), Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin concentration changes after acute haemorrhage and colloid-mediated reperfusion in anaesthetized dogs, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, 43, 3, pages 262 - 270.
    • Davis, J., Musk, G., (2014), Pressure and volume controlled mechanical ventilation in anaesthetized pregnant sheep, Laboratory Animals: the international journal of laboratory animal science and welfare, 48, 4, pages 321 - 327.