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Kate White

Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia; Clinical Director of SVMS, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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  • workSchool of Veterinary Medicine and Science
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    Leicestershire
    LE12 5RD
    UK
  • work0115 951 6096

Biography

Kate graduated from Cambridge University in 1995. After several years in general practice she returned to Cambridge University as a Horserace Betting Levy Board Scholar and undertook a residency in anaesthesia. She gained both the RCVS Diploma in anaesthesia and the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia Diploma and has since re-accredited twice. Following this she worked for 10 years as a self-employed consultant in referral practices, pharmaceutical companies, academia, zoos and biomedical research establishments providing anaesthesia services. In 2009 she joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and became Professor of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2015 and the Clinical Director of the school. She is currently also head of the Division of Clinical Sciences.

She is past president (2014-2016) of the worldwide Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists (AVA) Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists

In 2019 she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for Meritorious Contribution to Clinical Practice RCVS Fellows

Expertise Summary

Kate's current role at Nottingham includes teaching, research, management, administration and clinical work. Kate is Professor in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. She is a European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and holds an RCVS Diploma in Anaesthesia and currently supervises anaesthesia components of residency programmes in equine surgery and zoological medicine (zoo health).

Kate is currently a primary supervisor for 4 PhD/DVM students Philippa Bucknall (Great ape health) Rachel Jarvis (Serum biomarkerr, Vit D and ape health) and Julie Gibson (Just Culture in Veterinary Practice) and Adam Redpath (Assessment and treatment of chronic pain in horses).

Kate has held a Home Office personal license for over 25 years and her expertise in anaesthesia and analgesia means she offers a vital role to researchers in ASPA and VSA/ATC project design, anaesthesia of a variety of species and ethical review. She is involved in anaesthesia and analgesia problem solving for many research groups challenged with issues of pain, welfare and complications in UK universities, contract research organizations and government departments (in a diverse range of species (rodents, rabbits, poultry, non-human primates, ruminants, pigs and even llamas). These consultations and interventions, impact in reducing pain and suffering in animal models in research.

Kate has undertaken consultancy work with pharmaceutical companies to impact on product design, clinical trials and knowledge transfer. She has undertaken consultancy work for Vetoquinol, Dechra, Eurovet, Abbott, Boehringer, Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Smith & Nephew, Aratana, Pfizer (Zoetis) and Sativa.

Kate is also anaesthesia consultant on the Ape Health Project - a European wide project investigating health and disease in great apes based at Twycross Zoo Ape Heart Health Project

Teaching Summary

Kate teaches and assesses physiology, pharmacology, anaesthesia, analgesia, drug legislation, laboratory animal welfare and legislation and safety culture across the curriculum. Kate has played a… read more

Research Summary

Kate has a track record of conducting pain research in companion animals and teaches extensively on the topic and is an internationally renowned expert. Kate has published widely, presented and given… read more

Selected Publications

Kate teaches and assesses physiology, pharmacology, anaesthesia, analgesia, drug legislation, laboratory animal welfare and legislation and safety culture across the curriculum. Kate has played a significant role in the development of the innovative undergraduate curriculum at the Nottingham University's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS). For example, ensuring vertical integration of anaesthesia and analgesia across all species and across the many system-based modules, delivering impact and predictive validity of clinical assessments in the early years but also in a workplace-based environment in year 5. She developed a number of areas of the curriculum primarily anaesthesia, pain assessment and analgesia but also renal, cardiac and neurophysiology CPR, human factors and error. Kate's teaching spans all six years of the curriculum (prelim year 0 to year 5) embedded in almost every module and covering a number of different innovative formats including interactive lectures, clinically relevant practicals, small group seminars, flipped classroom formats, Xerte interactive cases, Twitter revision, Kahoot quizzes, and group learning in simulation scenarios. This variety of teaching methods ensure learning flexibility, engagement and connectedness.

Current Research

Kate has a track record of conducting pain research in companion animals and teaches extensively on the topic and is an internationally renowned expert. Kate has published widely, presented and given keynote lectures at international conferences and written numerous book chapters including acute and chronic pain assessment and treatment in dogs, particularly osteoarthritis.

Kate has held a Home Office personal licence for over 20 years and holds a current project licence too. Her expertise in anaesthesia and analgesia means she offers a vital role to researchers in ASPA and VSA/ATC project design, anaesthesia of a variety of species and ethical review. She is involved in anaesthesia and analgesia problem solving for many research groups challenged with issues of pain, welfare and complications in UK universities, contract research organisations and government departments (in a diverse range of species (rodents, rabbits, poultry, non-human primates, ruminants, pigs and even llamas). These consultations and interventions, impact in reducing pain and suffering in animal models in research.

Kate has undertaken consultancy work with pharmaceutical companies with impact on product design, clinical trials, and knowledge transfer. She has undertaken consultancy work for Vetoquinol, Dechra, Eurovet, Abbott, Boehringer, Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Smith & Nephew, Aratana, Pfizer (Zoetis) and Sativa.

Kate is currently a supervisor for 4 PhD/DVetMed students (Rachel Jarvis and Philippa Bucknell -great ape heart health) and Julie Gibson (Just Culture in Veterinary Practice) and Adam Redpath (equine analgesia).

Kate has undertaken consultancy work with pharmaceutical companies to impact on product design, clinical trials and knowledge transfer. She has undertaken consultancy work for Vetoquinol, Dechra, Eurovet, Abbott, Boehringer, Novartis, Astra Zeneca, Smith & Nephew, Aratana, Pfizer (Zoetis) and Sativa.

Kate is also anaesthesia consultant on the Ape Health Project - a European wide project investigating health and disease in great apes based at Twycross Zoo https://twycrosszoo.org/conservation/research-at-twycross-zoo/ape-heart-project/

Kate is a member of the Pain Centre Versus Arthritis at the University of Nottingham

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
Leicestershire, LE12 5RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 6116
fax: +44 (0)115 951 6415
email: veterinary-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk