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Jackie Brearley
MA VetMB PhD DVA DipECVAA MRCVS

Personal Profile:
Jackie graduated as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Cambridge in 1983. After a brief period as a House Surgeon at the University of Glasgow, she trained in veterinary anaesthesia under Professor Ron Jones at Liverpool University. In 1986, she gained the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and started a PhD training looking at the ‘Aspects of the Stress Response in Cattle’ with particular reference to anaesthesia. During her time in Liverpool, Jackie did regular locums in small animal and equine practices gaining invaluable first opinion experience. In 1990, she was awarded her doctorate and moved to East Anglia to work as a Clinical Anaesthetist with Dr Polly Taylor at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket. In 1993 Jackie became Assistant Head of the Centre for Small Animal Studies at the AHT. Jackie moved to the University of Cambridge in September 2006, where she is now University Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anaesthesia and a Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College. As the head of the academic side of anaesthesia at the Vet School, Jackie is responsible for the lecture courses in ‘Preparation for the Veterinary Profession’, ‘Veterinary Anaesthesia’ and ‘Emergency and Intensive Care’. Jackie is also the academic Lead in the new Pauline Brown Clinical Skills Centre which aims to provide a dynamic new practical experience to student learning.

Jackie‚Äôs main interest is veterinary education in particular investigating novel teaching methods which might be applied to veterinary anaesthesia. Jackie has published research in a wide range of areas relating to veterinary anaesthesia and analgesia and is currently involved in many research studies. Please visit Jackie’s research profile for further information. Jackie regularly lectures nationally and internationally to veterinary and medical groups and is active in the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia and the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists.

Outside work Jackie runs a small holding with her partner, runs with her two dogs and occasionally cycles with her son.