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Polly Taylor graduated from Cambridge University in 1976, worked in general practice, then moved to Cambridge Veterinary School where she obtained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia. She became chief of anaesthesia at the Animal Health Trust in 1983 and gained her PhD (Cambridge University) in 1987 in equine anaesthesia. In the 1990s she was University Reader at the Cambridge Veterinary School, running the clinical anaesthetic service, teaching undergraduates and post graduates and undertaking research in anaesthesia. She became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 1995 and was founding President of the College. She has been honoured with a number of awards for her work in anaesthesia and analgesia, particularly in horses and cats. She now works as an independent consultant in anaesthesia, with work ranging from clinical anaesthesia and teaching to drug registration, as well as research, particularly in analgesia. She has published numerous papers on anaesthesia and analgesia in many species, particularly cats and horses. She is a director of Topcat Metrology Ltd, developing and supplying bespoke nociceptive threshold testing systems for several species – started in cats.


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