My research interests include the understanding of pathophysiology of pain and its treatment in the equine species. During my residency and PhD I studied in depth the use of constant rate infusions (CRIs) of alpha-2 agonists in anaesthetized horses.
During my postdoctoral research I evaluated the sedative and antinociceptive effects of different combinations of the alpha-2 agonist detomidine and the opioid methadone in standing horses, analysing their pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics properties, with further modelling which allowed simulation and development of CRIs for equine standing sedation.
Currently, I have joined the Department of Anaesthesia of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies as a Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, with special interests in teaching, clinical equine anaesthesia and research about pain management. I am also interested in Genome-Wide Association Studies that might be applied for the understanding of equine pathophysiology and treatment of pain.
September 2018-present: Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Department of Anaesthesia of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and the Roslin Institute, United Kingdom
January 2015-May 2018: Post-Doctoral Researcher
School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, São Paulo State University (UNESP) of Botucatu (Brazil)
September 2007-December 2014: Resident by the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia (ECVAA) and PhD student
Department of Surgery and Anaesthesiology of Domestic Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University (Belgium)
Thesis topic “Dexmedetomidine for balanced anaesthesia in horses”.